I have just recently read an article about a study published in the July issue of The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, that suggests that screening infants for hip dyplasia may decrease their risk of developing arthritis early in life.
The article, publish on the OrthoSuperSite, states:
"Symptoms associated with hip dysplasia in infants can include legs that appear asymmetrical during diaper change, or a limp or waddle as a toddler walks.
We found that the best chance for avoiding early arthritis of the hip as a young adult occurs when you screen all babies with a physical clinical exam and utilize ultrasound for those who have risk factors,” Mahan said in the press release. Those risk factors include a family history of hip dysplasia, an infant delivered breech at birth, or a positive physical exam. Hip dysplasia can be difficult to detect because it is a pain-free condition until adolescence or young adulthood when a patient can experience abnormal wear of the hip joint or hip arthritis"
Read the entire article here: http://www.orthosupersite.com/view.asp?rID=41671