Diagnosing hip dysplasia
Hip dysplasia in babies
Hip dysplasia is rarely noticed by parents because it doesn't usually cause your baby pain or discomfort.
Because of this, infants are routinely screened for signs of hip dysplasia at their well-baby visits. If your primary care provider notices a concern with your baby’s hips, they will refer you to a pediatric orthopedic specialist, such as the Children’s Mercy hip care team. Symptoms your primary care provider may notice include:
- An instability in your baby's hip
- Feeling a hip "click"
- Notice one hip has decreased motion during the exam
A pelvic X-ray or sonogram can help your child’s doctor diagnose hip dysplasia.
Hip dysplasia in older children
Often, there are no immediate symptoms of hip dysplasia in older children and adolescents. Over time, your child may begin to experience symptoms such as pain, a feeling of instability (“catching” or “locking” in the hip joint), or a decrease in the ability to participate in sports or daily activities.
Left untreated, hip dysplasia can lead to the development of osteoarthritis, a condition in which the articular cartilage in the joint wears away. Early intervention and treatment can help prevent your child from developing advanced arthritis in their hip joint.