I found out my hip was semi dislocated when I was about 15, I began getting really bad pain in my left hip/groin area and my hip kept giving way meaning a fell alot more than normal. After speaking to my physio she sent me to see a surgeon who said that hip dyplasia in people with CP is very common. I had a number of scans and finally found out that my hip socket hadn’t formed properly so everytime I walked my hip popped in and out of the joint which obviously was the cause of the pain.
What is Hip Dyplasia?
Hip dyplasia is when the hip joint isn’t formed correctly, it is in the wrong position or bits of the joint haven’t formed at all. All of these things mean that the hip joint will wear down quicker as it is under more pressure than a regular hip joint.
- Hip pain
- Groin pain
- Reduced flexibility
- A limp
- Family history – If a child’s parent/brother or sister has Development hip dysplasia they’re 5 times more likely to develop hip problems.
- Breech position/pregnancy conditions – If there isn’t much fluid in the womb the child isn’t able to move around much in the womb meaning it may be more likely to develop problems.
- Other disabilities – If a child has cerebral palsy, spinal cord problems or any other muscle disorders it makes them more likely to develop DDH (Developmental dysplasia of the hip)
So after findng out what was causing my pain I had to have even more tests to find out how they could treat me, normally with hip dyplasia in older people a surgeon would suggest a full hip replacement but because of my age they said a hip replacement wouldnt be any good as it would need redoning within a year or two. Obviously a full hip replacement isn’t something any 15 year old would want to go through every couple of years so I declined and decide to do my own research and see if i could find an easier solution. After looking online I found that treating hip dysplasia in a young child or baby is a lot easier than treating a child meaning that I wasn’t left with many options.
Treatments of Hip Dysplasia
- Pavlik harness – A Pavlik Harness is normally given to babies under 6 months its used to keep the child’s hips in the correct position and normally has to be worn for 6 weeks or more.
- Closed reduction and hip spica – This method is used when the child is over 6 months or the Pavlik harness hasn’t worked, this involves being put under anaesthetic while a surgeon correctly positions the hips before putting them in cast to keep them in place.
- Open reduction – This option is used when your child is much older, they will be put under anastetic, this operstion is where the tendons around the hip joint are loosened and anything stopping the hip from moving freely is remived .
If like me you’re a lot older when hip dysplasia is diagnosed then it becomes a lot harder to treat with more serious operations being needed. Again if like me you dont want any hip replacements just yet I’m afraid there isn’t much we can do. I’ve been told that because of my age my best option is taking pain killers and not putting too much pressure on my hip joints. Unfortunately leaving hip dysplasia without treatment has left me with bad arthritis in my left hip which means I’m in more pain and as I get older I regret not going down the surgery route.
Has anyone else suffered from hip dysplasia? I’d love too hear your stories!
Any questions just ask and I’ll try my best too answer them below.