The division of pediatric orthopedics treats hip problems, including hip dysplasia and Legg-Perthes disease.
Developmental hip dysplasia occurs when the hip joint doesn’t develop normally, and the ball of the femur (thigh bone) is loose or completely out of the socket. Symptoms include a leg that appears shorter, is turned outward, or looks otherwise abnormal compared to the other leg. Untreated, the condition may cause pain and result in osteoarthritis.
Jonathan Schiller, MD, a pediatric orthopedist at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, discusses hip impingement, an injury that can happen to young athletes who don’t properly rest their bodies or cross-train.
Watch the video.
Legg-Perthes disease is a condition in which blood flow to the hip joint is cut off, resulting in bone damage that causes the hip joint to become painful and stiff. Femoroacetabular impingement results from abnormal contact between the ball of the femur and the outside of the hip socket. Over time, the hip joint can become damaged through repeated motion of the hip, especially during strenuous or sustained activity.
Other Conditions We Treat
Other hip disorders we treat include:
- Hip avascular necrosis
- Labral tears
- Sports-related hip injuries
Our surgeons offer the latest arthroscopic and open techniques for the treatment of complex hip disorders in children and young adults.