Treatment Options for Childhood Hip Necrosis

Childhood hip necrosis, also known as Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease, is a condition where the blood supply to the hip joint is temporarily disrupted. It can cause the bone to die and stop growing properly. 

This is a challenging condition, but there are several effective treatment options available to help your child regain mobility and reduce pain. Learn more about them below.

What Is Childhood Hip Necrosis?

When a child has hip necrosis, the femoral head (the ball of the hip joint) loses blood supply, leading to bone death and deformation. This condition mostly affects children between ages 4 and 10. Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial for better outcomes.

Non-Surgical Treatments

Non-surgical treatments can be effective in managing childhood hip necrosis and promoting recovery.

  • Rest and Activity Restriction: Limiting activities that stress the hip joint can help manage pain and prevent further damage. Your child’s doctor might recommend that they temporarily use crutches or a wheelchair.
  • Physical Therapy: Specific exercises can improve the range of motion and strengthen muscles around the hip joint. A physical therapist will guide you and your child through tailored exercises to support recovery.
  • Medications: Anti-inflammatory medications can reduce pain and inflammation. Your child’s doctor will prescribe the appropriate medication based on their needs.

Surgical Treatments

If non-surgical treatments are not enough, hip surgery might be necessary. Here are some surgical options:

  • Osteotomy: This procedure involves bone cutting and realigning the bone to improve the position of the femoral head in the hip socket. It can help ensure the joint functions better as it heals.
  • Hip Joint Replacement: A hip replacement might be considered in severe cases where the hip joint is extensively damaged. It is less common in children but can be an option for older adolescents or when other treatments have failed.

Long-Term Outlook and Care

With proper treatment, many children with hip necrosis can return to normal activities. Regular follow-ups with your doctor are essential to monitor progress and adjust the treatment plan as needed.

Schedule a Childhood Hip Necrosis Consultation in Stamford, CT

If your child is experiencing hip pain or you suspect childhood hip necrosis, contact Dr. Alexander McLawhorn at 917-277-3841 in New York City or 203-659-0048 in Stamford, CT, to schedule an appointment

He and his team are here to provide compassionate and expert care to help your child recover and thrive.

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