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Infant Hip Dislocation Treatment

Treatment for congenital hip dislocation depends on the age of the child. In newborns, treatment includes a Pavlik harness, which holds the hip in proper alignment. This allows ligaments and tendons to tighten around the hip joint. After one month of age, a child may require traction, or surgery, to place the bones into normal position. After the bones are in normal position, a body cast is applied, in order to maintain the position. Time in the cast allows tendons and ligaments to tighten.

Treatment for congenital hip dislocation may include:

Infant Hip Dislocation Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat congenital hip dislocation:

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Last Updated: Jun 3, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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