Hip dysplasia or DDH (Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip) is a condition when the hip joint does not develop properly in infants and young children. The problem may be in the socket, the head of the femur, or both; eventually leading to mechanical instability of the hip joint. It can involve one or both hips; however, it will generally affect the left hip.
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When the bouncing bundle of joy arrives home for the first time, the last thing that new mothers are thinking is back pain. Often times the joy of being included in the world of natal care overbears listless concepts like back injury. But, of course, every mother has her “wall,” and with each “wall” comes tremendous physical grievance that most likely could have been avoided.
Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE) is a condition of the hip caused by a fracture through the physis of the proximal femur. It affects primarily adolescent males and is closely associated with obesity. With the recent rise in childhood obesity rates, the incidence of SCFE has risen dramatically as well. Prompt recognition and treatment of this pathology can improve overall outcome and decrease complications such as avascular necrosis.
Nursemaid’s elbow is one of the most common orthopedic injuries seen in children between the ages of 1-3 years. It is not, as some think, a dislocation of the elbow, or rather a slip of one of the ligaments in the elbow over a bone. This occurs because children’s ligaments are loose and the bones are not fully formed yet.
Avoid buying one-shoulder backpacks for your child. Single strap backpacks force all of the weight onto one shoulder. This causes your child to unnaturally bend to one side in order to evenly distribute the weight. Consequently, your child will develop lower back problems.
Participating in sports is socially and physically beneficial for your child, while running the risk of sports-related injuries, the most common of which are musculoskeletal problems. As our children score and have fun on the field, we as parents should be aware of sprains and strains, growth plate injuries, and of repetitive motion injuries.
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