Hip dysplasia can develop in a child at the time of birth or after or during childhood. The symptoms of the hip abnormality vary from one child to another. The common symptoms of hip dysplasia are mismatching legs, less movement in the affected leg, and the affected leg appearing shorter than the normal leg. The skilled orthopaedic surgeons always treat the hip dysplasia non-surgically. The treatment methods for hip dysplasia differ according to the age of the child.
For child up to 6 Months of Age the doctor treats hip dysplasia by wearing a pavlik harness. The soft harness keeps the babys feets aligned and the baby can move his legs smoothly and reduces hip abnormalities.
From 6 to 18 Months of Age the orthopaedic surgeons use body cast or braces on hipbones to hold the the hip socket.
For child is older than 18 months often orthopaedic surgeons treat hip dysplasia surgically to change the shape of hipbones, thighbone and pelvis. Child has to wear a body cast on his legs and hips for 3 months. After 3 months, the child wear a plastic-and-metal brace. The plastic-and-metal brace holds and aligns the hips properly till the hip socket is normalized.