Congenital Hip Dysplasia

What is Congenital Hip Dysplasia?

Congenital hip dysplasia, also called congenital dislocated hip, is an abnormality of the hip joint. This abnormality can be relatively minor involving only an unstable hip joint or more severe with a complete dislocation of the hip joint. The unstable joint or dislocation occurs when the long bone of the upper leg does not sit properly in the hip socket.

Early diagnosis and treatment is important to prevent complications such as arthritis and damage to the joint. Doctors always check newborns for this condition. But parents should also be aware of any symptoms of a problem including a lack of movement or low activity level, one leg being shorter than the other and a hollow area in the buttock.

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