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Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH) Diagnosis

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How is Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH) diagnosed?

DDH Diagnosis

In addition to visual clues, your doctor will perform a careful physical examination to check for DDH, such as listening and feeling for "clunks" as the hip is put in different positions. Your doctor will use specific maneuvers to determine if the hip can be dislocated and/or put back into proper position.

Newborns identified as at higher risk for DDH are often tested using ultrasound, which can create images of the hip bones. For older infants and children, x-rays of the hip may be taken to provide detailed pictures of the hip joint.