What are the symptoms of developmental dysplasia of the hip?
Developmental dysplasia of the hip generally only affects one side of the body and is not usually associated with pain. During routine examination at birth, medical professionals look for: an inability to move the thigh outward at the hip; a loud 'clunk' sound when the doctor feels around the legs and hips; different lengths of the legs, and; asymmetrical folds of skin in the thigh or around the groin and buttocks. In older infants, there may be: less mobility of the hip joint; delayed physical movement (sitting, crawling and walking); legs of different lengths, and; asymmetrical level of knee joints, with one sitting lower than the other.
Author: Nikki Wallis
First answered: 27 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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