Osteopath Dr Mel Jhey talks hip dysplasia in infants baby-thigh-asymmetry

When the hip joint doesn’t form properly before birth or as a child grows, it can lead to misalignment of the hip joint causing symptoms of pain and possible early arthritis of the hip joint if left untreated. 

Sometimes there are no symptoms of hip dysplasia in children under one and that’s why an adequate physical examination performed by a health professional such as your osteopath can help to detect things early. Additionally, infants can be screened with ultrasound these days which makes for an early diagnosis.

One sided hip dysplasia may present with unequal hip creases and visible leg length difference. If hip dysplasia is in both hips – there may be no symptoms at all.

Dyspasia castIf you are unsure – don’t try to figure things out for yourself by using Dr Google – see your health professional so that they can perform proper testing and advise you on the best course of action. Hip dysplasia is often resolved by a baby wearing a harness or spica cast.

You may be wondering if you can take your baby to see an Osteopath while they are in a spica cast? Yes, in the past I have been able to help babies in spica casts by working on their backs and shoulders and by using Cranial Osteopathy. If a baby has had a rough time during labour – Cranial Osteopathy can help them to settle more and feel more comfortable while they are in their cast.A spica cast is a full length fibreglass cast over both legs and covers the lower half of the torso as well.

Mel is in clinic Wednesdays by appointment 9997 2121


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