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Thursday, October 14, 2004

 
More formal confirmation
We were then referred to our local hospital orthopedics consultant and received an appointment for 4 weeks later, about early October. The doctor visually checked my daughter by manipulating both her legs presumably feeling for the 'click' of 'clicky hips' but found nothing. Luckily he sent her for an x-ray of the pelvis and when that came back it was obvious to even an untrained eye that the left hip cup wasn't as 'cupped' as the right hip. This was apparently down to the cup not forming correctly and it needed to be addressed. This can be know as forms of 'clicky hips', DDH, CDH, etc.

It was explained that she would need to be in cast for up to 9 months but that this would be reviewed during that time. Unfortunately, or fortunately as I'll explain later, the local consultant was to be on holiday for the next week or so, so we were kinda left dangling not knowing what was happening. Needless to say, we were very upset by this and the upset stayed for a good few days afterwards.

There was no advice given so I started 'googling' for any information I could turn up on the subject. I first started with these sites:
www.hip-baby.org a mainly U.S. site

www.steps-charity.org.uk a UK charity, including hints and forums.
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