Baby Hip Dysplasia

Baby Hip Dysplasia (DDH) Physiotherapy treatment, Home visit in London or Treatment at the Practice in Belgravia

Hip dysplasia treatment London

Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH) in babies refers to deformities or dislocations of the hip in babies, which might be present at birth or develop in the first weeks after birth. This occurs when the hip socket is too shallow and the femoral bone isn’t held in place tightly enough. As a result the hip joint is loose, causing an unstable hip. Hip dislocations in babies are uncommon, affecting around 1 in 1000 babies, but instabilities can be quite common, affecting 1 in 3 new-borns, with more girls being affected than boys. It is important that DDH is detected and treated early enough in order to avoid problems later in life.

Your doctor should assess your baby for hip dysplasia in the first 72 hours after birth and then again within the first 3-6 months. There are a few different symptoms you can also check yourself:

  • Reduced mobility of one hip
  • An audible “click” when the leg is moving in the hip
  • Legs with different lengths
  • Uneven skin folds on thigh near the groin or buttocks

If you notice any of the above, you should contact your paediatrician as soon as possible. If a hip dysplasia is detected at birth or soon after, it can usually be corrected with the use of a harness or brace, called Pavlik harness. This harness keeps the femoral bone in correct position until the hip socket and ligament have been formed properly, usually for 6 to 12 weeks. For older babies a Spica cast can be also used and surgery is also available for extreme cases.

During and after treatment with one of the above methods, paediatric physiotherapy can help increase flexibility and strength of the joint and decrease pain. Baby Physio offers hip dysplasia assessment as well as physiotherapy rehabilitation before or after surgery, after harness treatment, in order to strengthen the joint, increase range of motion and, for older babies, help teach how to stand and walk properly. Our specialised paediatric physiotherapist will prescribe tailored exercises for hip dysplasia and help your baby develop better or your child recover from surgery safely and quickly. We offer treatment at the comfort of your home in London, or if you prefer, at the practice in Belgravia, near London Victoria station.

We are covered by most health insurances and are Bupa recognised and axa ppp recognised

For home visit physiotherapy call : 0207 125 0262 / 0782 455 3765

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