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What Is Hip Dysplasia?

Hip dysplasia in babies is used to describe a problem in the formation of the hip joint. For more information, read the below articles compiled from leading health websites.

What is Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH)?

Developmental dysplasia of the hip is a congenital (present at birth) condition of the hip joint. It occurs once in every 1,000 live births. The hip joint is created as a ball and socket joint. In DDH, the hip socket may be shallow, letting the "ball" of the long leg bone, also known as the femoral head, slip in and out of the socket. The "ball" may move partially or completely out of the hip socket.

The greatest incidence of DDH occurs in first-born females with a history of a close relative with the condition.

A Healthy Me. Orthopedic Conditions and Children. Available at: http://www.ahealthyme.com/conditions/orthopedics/children/90,P02755. Accessibility verified July 16, 2012.