Paediatric hips

Lydia R. Belcher, Michael A. Benvenuti, Perry L. Schoenecker, Jonathan G. Schoenecker

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The hip is a critical joint and is susceptible to a range of pathological processes throughout childhood. Failure to recognize hip pathology early may lead to severe pain and disability, ultimately necessitating total hip arthroplasty. It is important for the primary care physician to be aware of the common presentations of hip pathology and to differentiate the potentially serious and life-changing, such as Perthe's disease or slipped femoral capital epiphysis, from relatively minor or developmental problems such as transient synovitis or femoral anteversion. Guidance on key history and examination points, appropriate treatment and indications for referral are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPediatric Orthopedics for Primary Healthcare
Subtitle of host publicationEvidence-Based Practice
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages39
ISBN (Electronic)9783030652142
ISBN (Print)9783030652135
StatePublished - Jun 2 2021


  • DDH
  • Developmental dysplasia of the hip
  • Perthes disease
  • SCFE
  • SUFE
  • Slipped capital upper femoral epiphysis


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