Infant Hip Clinic

The Infant Hip Clinic diagnoses and treats children with developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH). DDH is the most common condition in newborn infants, affecting one in ten firstborn children. It is known to develop before or after birth. The condition includes a spectrum of hip disorders from dysplasia to dislocation.

Early signs of DDH can be discovered during the initial newborn health check. While studies indicate a genetic link, current literature supports that eight in ten cases of DDH affects females and it is also approximately 12 times more likely to occur if there is a family history of the condition. The sooner DDH is identified, the more likely treatment will be successful. If treatment is delayed, future management of the hip condition becomes more complex.

The Infant Hip Clinic accepts internal and external referrals from primary healthcare providers and private clinics. Referrals are made for babies who have clicky hip(s), born in the breech position (born above 34 weeks gestation) and have a positive family history of DDH less than 6 months old. Referrals are also accepted for positive examination findings such as limited range of motion of the hip(s), leg length discrepancy and multiple births (e.g. twins, triplets).

The clinic is run by a multidisciplinary team consisting of an orthopedic surgeon, radiographers, nurses and physiotherapists – who provide a key step by step assessment and treatment process all within one clinical setting.