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Posted by Janet on October 13, 2000 at 14:53:33:

Congenital Hip Dysplasia - Pain and Deterioration?

My daughter had congenital hip dysplasia that was discovered when she was about 1 month old. She wore a splint for 6 months and had regular checkups and x-rays for the next few years. There was an occasional clicking or pain but would always go away and never posed a problem...

My daughter, now 17 1/2, is in marching band at her high school (drummer - quad set) and started having pain over 2 weeks ago that will not go away. She is sitting out of her marching practice, but still has to carry around a heavy, heavy book bag for school. Her original Dr., whom we haven't seen for a few years, is out of the country for 2 more weeks, so I made an appointment with a D.O. from our PPO Provider list. While I'm waiting to see him, on October 17, 2000, I'm trying to gather information on pain relief and information on whether she could be doing damage to her hip sockets by not staying home and off her feet completely. She's and honor student and possible valedictorian at her school, so she's very concerned with missing any school. It's difficult to make her stay off her feet.

She is taking Motrin for pain, but it does not give her much relief. I'm going to have her try Aleve next.

Has anyone out there had a similar experience? Did you need surgery? Was it successful? How long where you laid up and what was involved?

She wants to do things like hiking, backpacking, and just generally wants to be active in her future. It kills me to think how this problem could limit her the rest of her life, and how it could affect her in her old age. I would greatly appreciate any information!!

Iím brand new to this message board thing, so please excuse me if I made this to long. I thank you for taking the time to read this.

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