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



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."

Periacetabular Osteotomy

Hip Dysplasia Physio
This website by UK Physiotherapist Holly Soper-Doyle has a great information leaflet, exercise ideas and PAO Rehab Guidelines for teens and adults with hip dysplasia.

Help for Hip Dysplasia Podcast
Created by UK Physiotherapist, Laura Rutterford, listen at the Help for Hip Dysplasia website or search “Help for Hip Dysplasia” on your podcast app.

To learn more please visit the IHDI website.

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Support Services

Tips & Hints Handouts - For caregivers

Information Record Booklet - For caregivers

Online Support Networks - For caregivers

Personal Experiences

‘Overwhelmed’ is an emotion commonly expressed after a diagnosis. Feeling alone as well as feeling guilty, given this isn't a life-threatening condition, are also commonly reported.

We’ve included the following personal experiences to hopefully show you are not alone in your feelings.

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Hip Wise Products

Our Hip Wise Program helps  take the hassle of finding treatment friendly products for those impacted by the condition:

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