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The STEPS National Office Help-Line is open Monday-Friday, 9.30am - 4.00pm (calls charged at national rate)

Address: STEPS, Wright House, Crouchley Lane, Lymm, Cheshire WA13 0AS

Helpline: +44 (0)1925 750271

Admin Telephone: +44 (0)1925 750273

Fax: +44 (0)1925 750 270

Email: info@steps-charity.org.uk

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Treatment Methods for DDH

ultrasoundBased upon the results of the hip exam and ultrasounds or x-rays, your doctor can tell if your child has developmental dysplasia of the hip. The treatment plan for your child will depend on the extent of the problem in the hip joint and treatment might change as your child grows and develops.

The final outcome from DDH will depend on the severity of your child’s condition and their response to treatment. However, most children are treated successfully and go on to lead a healthy active life with no long term problems.

Support when you need it

We understand that this can be a very confusing time. If you have questions, concerns or simply feel you would like someone to talk to - please do not hesitate to contact us - we will be happy to help. You can call our Helpline on 01925 750271 (Monday – Friday 9.30am to 4pm) or email us for confidential advice and support.

 

For more detailed information, please refer to the relevant sections below:

Early Treatment for DDH

Early treatment from birth to 6 months

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In the UK alone, up to 2000 children a year are diagnosed with Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH), which describes a range of conditions from mild instability to total dislocation of the hip. Early detection means DDH can often be corrected by a simple outpatient treatment but a later, or missed diagnosis can leave a child requiring hospitals stays, operations and potentially a permanent disability.

Although you probably don’t feel it at the initial diagnosis you have been ‘lucky’ that your baby has been given the opportunity to receive early treatment. From birth to six months, babies with developmental dysplasia of the hip are usually fitted with a  special fabric harness, the most common type being the Pavlik harness. The baby needs to wear the harness for several weeks and in most cases this will correct the condition.

For more information about the Pavlik harness and how to care for your baby please read The Parents’ Guide to caring for a child in a Pavlik Harness.

Your consultant will discuss your baby’s progress at each appointment and if he feels that the hips are not developing in the normal way even with treatment such as the Pavlik harness, he will discuss future treatment options with you at this point as each baby is different.

If further treatment is required please contact our Helpline on 01925 750271 (Monday – Friday 9.30am to 4pm) or email us for confidential advice and support.

You may also find it useful to take a look at our section Later treatment for DDH


Later treatment for DDH

daisy-pitt-2-7688For some children, when a splint such as the Pavlik harness has not worked or DDH is not diagnosed until they are six months old, surgery may be required.

Being told your child needs to go into hospital and face surgery can be one of the most stressful experiences you go through as a parent. We have produced a hospital checklist which you may find useful please call our helpline on 01925 750271 and ask for a copy

We would recommend that you take a look at our Parents guide to later treatment for developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) which explains open and closed reductions and the different types of osteotomy that may be required. The booklet also includes information about communicating with doctors and cast and wound care.

If you need information about practical help and advice once your child is in a hip spica please refer to Caring for a child in a hip spica.

Support when you need it

We understand that this can be a very confusing time. If you have questions, concerns or simply feel you would like someone to talk to - please do not hesitate to contact us - we will be happy to help. You can call our Helpline on 01925 750271 (Monday – Friday 9.30am to 4pm) or email us

You may also want to visit our online community where you will find a wealth of information written by parents with children affected by developmental dysplasia of the hip.  You will also be able to read personal stories, shared experiences, ask questions and receive encouragement.

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Welcome to STEPS. We are a national charity supporting children and adults affected by a lower limb condition such as clubfoot or a hip condition. Our website is a great source of information but if you would like to talk to someone please call our helpline on 01925 750271 or email info@steps-charity.org.uk.

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