Healthy Hips Australia aims to decrease the impact of hip dysplasia on the lives of Australians.
What is Hip Dysplasia?
Also known as developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH), hip dysplasia is a common condition which occurs when the ball and socket of the hip do not fit together in their 'normal' position.
Our Hip Wise Partners
The incidence of hip dysplasia in Australia has increased in recent decades and late detection, after 3-months of age, has also increased despite an ongoing screening programme.
Overwhelmed caregivers are struggling to adjust to their child’s diagnosis and are uncertain how best to support their child adapt to life in a harness/brace/cast.
Hip dysplasia treatment normally commences the same day as diagnosis. Most often a harness or brace is worn 23-24 hours a day for 8-12 weeks, often followed by a period of night-time bracing. However, uncertainty and worry regarding the success of treatment is common amongst caregivers. Caregivers are largely left to figure out solutions for how best to clothe, feed, sponge bath, and settle their child, as well as help them to play, and fit in their car seat, pram and highchair.