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Pavlik Harness: Effective Treatment for Hip Dysplasia

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    Hip dysplasia is a condition that affects many newborns and can have long-term consequences if not properly treated. Fortunately, the Pavlik harness has proven to be an effective and non-invasive solution to correct this condition.

    In this blog, we will explain how this device works, its benefits, and how to use it correctly.

    Indications for Using the Pavlik Harness

    The Pavlik harness is primarily indicated for treating Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH), a condition where the hip joint does not form correctly. It can also be used in cases of femur fractures in infants, although its main use remains for DDH.

    Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH)

    DDH is a condition where a baby’s hip does not develop properly, leading to instability or even complete dislocation of the hip. This condition is quite common, affecting about 1 in 1000 live births. If left untreated, it can result in mobility issues and chronic pain in adulthood.

    Femur Fractures in Infants

    Although less common, the Pavlik harness can also be used to treat femur fractures in infants. This device helps keep the leg in a position that facilitates proper bone healing.

    How the Pavlik Harness Works

    The Pavlik harness is an orthopedic device consisting of a series of straps and a vest that fits around the baby’s torso. These straps hold the baby’s legs in a flexed and abducted position, allowing the femoral head to remain in the acetabular socket of the hip.

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    Benefits of Using the Harness

    Non-invasive: Unlike other treatments, it does not require surgery.
    High success rate: Most cases of DDH treated with the Pavlik harness show successful correction.
    Ease of use: Although it requires regular adjustments, it is relatively easy to put on and adjust.
    Mobility: Allows some movement for the baby, which is crucial for overall development.

    Placement and Adjustment of the Pavlik Harness

    The fitting procedure involves adjusting the harness straps to keep the baby’s legs in the desired position. It is important to follow the instructions of the orthopedic specialist to ensure the harness is correctly placed.

    Frequently Asked Questions about the Pavlik Harness

    The duration of using the Pavlik harness varies depending on the severity of the dysplasia and the baby’s response to the treatment. Generally, it is used for several months, with periodic check-ups to adjust the device as needed.

    The Pavlik harness should not cause pain to the baby. However, it may be uncomfortable at first until the baby gets used to it.

    If the baby experiences skin irritation, it is important to check the harness’s fit and ensure it is not too tight. Using soft clothing and avoiding direct contact of the harness with the skin can help prevent irritation.

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