Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip is the term given to a spectrum of pathologies which can affect the hip either at birth or subsequently during infancy and childhood. Characteristically the hip shows variable amount of instability as well as dysplasia, ranging from acetabular dysplasia (poorly developed or shallow socket) to subluxation to dislocation.
Treatment of DDH varies depending on the age at which diagnosis is made. Complexity of treatment increases as the child attains walking age. If diagnosed early and treated successfully, the hip will develop normally without any limitation of function. Left untreated, DDH can lead to pain and premature osteoarthritis of the hip.