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Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) is a congenital condition in which the hip joint doesn’t develop normally. DDH ranges from a minor laxity (looseness) of the ligament that holds the ball in the socket to a complete dislocation in which the ball is entirely out of the socket.
Hip dysplasia is the most common developmental hip deformity in children, and the most common single cause of osteoarthritis of the hip in young and older adults. Complete dislocation of the hip affects one or two out of 1,000 babies. Milder DDH is more common.
If your baby or child has been diagnosed with hip dysplasia, you’ll have concerns and questions about treatment, recovery, outlook and other issues. The specialists in the Boston Children’s Hospital Child and Young Adult Hip Preservation Program support families every step of the way. Our team has treated thousands of children with every level of complexity and severity of DDH.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”