Hip Dysplasia Toolkit


Infant Hip Dysplasia

Whether your child had been flagged for review, or they’ve just been diagnosed, we aim to present information about hip dysplasia that is practical, and in easy to understand  language.

It is important to remember that no two hips are the same. Each treatment plan is different, as the severity and response to treatment varies from person to person. There isn’t a crystal ball to rely on, so changes to the plan and reviews at regular intervals are normal.

Please also note that treatment methods are also dependent somewhat on the child’s age, however the type of harness/brace used can vary from service to service.


Signs & Symptoms



Resources for hip kids


Teen & Adult Hip Dysplasia

According to the International Hip Dysplasia Institute (IHDI), “the first sign of hip dysplasia in an adolescent or young adult is typically hip pain and/or a limp. This is usually in the groin area and/or lateral aspect of the hip. Pain is usually increased by activity and diminished by rest. Often there is a sensation of catching, snapping or popping in addition to pain with activities. Adult patients with hip dysplasia may see more than three healthcare providers and have symptoms for five years before a correct diagnosis is made, so you may want to consider getting a second opinion if your hip pain is getting worse for no apparent reason.”

Treatment options

Periacetabular Osteotomy (PAO)

To learn more please visit the IHDI website.

Awareness image for invisible impact of hip dysplasia in teens and adults

Page Reviewed:  22 January 2024. Information sources available here.


This information is intended to support, not replace, discussion with your doctor or healthcare professionals. Every effort is made to ensure this information is up to date, accurate and easy to understand. Healthy Hips Australia accepts no responsibility for any inaccuracies, information perceived as misleading. This can be reproduce with acknowledgement to Healthy Hips Australia. Handouts are available to download free of charge at www.healthyhipsaustralia.org.au