Growing Pains: Hip Conditions in Children and Adolescents

Childhood hip issues are becoming increasingly prevalent. It is also alarming in adolescents. These conditions can range from developmental abnormalities to injuries and can significantly impact a child’s mobility, comfort, and overall quality of life. 

Understanding the factors contributing to the rise of hip conditions in young individuals can help in early detection, intervention, and effective management.

Why There Is a Rise of Hip Conditions in Children and Adolescents?

Several factors contribute to the growing prevalence of hip conditions in children and adolescents. One significant factor is the increasing rates of childhood obesity, which places additional stress on the musculoskeletal system. 

It can lead to abnormal hip development and structural issues. Sedentary lifestyles and decreased physical activity levels will make these issues worse over time.

Additionally, the rise of sports participation among children and adolescents has led to an increased incidence of hip injuries, such as stress fractures, labral tears, and SCFE (slipped capital femoral epiphysis). However, some children are born with such conditions as DDH (developmental hip dysplasia/dislocation).

Available Treatments for Hip Conditions

Treatment options for hip conditions in children and adolescents vary depending on the specific diagnosis, severity of symptoms, and individual patient factors. Non-surgical interventions may include physical therapy, activity modification, and anti-inflammatory medications to alleviate any pain. 

In cases of developmental abnormalities, such as hip dysplasia or Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease, your doctor may recommend bracing or casting to encourage proper hip alignment.

For more severe or persistent hip conditions, surgical intervention may be necessary to address underlying structural issues or correct deformities. Such surgical procedures may include hip arthroscopy, osteotomy, or even hip replacement. However, it depends on the specific diagnosis and the extent of joint damage. 

Get Your Hip Tissue Treatment in New York or Connecticut

Hip conditions in children and adolescents can have a significant impact on their health. If your child is experiencing hip pain, stiffness, or difficulty with movement, call us at 203-705-2113 in Connecticut or 212-606-1065 in NY and schedule an appointment with Dr. Alexander McLawhorn. 

Let us discuss your child’s symptoms and explore available treatment options. Take proactive steps to address hip conditions early and ensure a healthier, more active future for your child.

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