Tweed Coast Chiropractic in Kingscliff can provide treatment to assist with hip dysplasia.

Hip dysplasia is a condition which can often be treated very early in life. If surgery/other forms of pelvic bracing is not required, Chiropractic can assist with exercises to manage symptoms associated with displasia and osteoarthritis.

Displasia is often diagnosed as part of a routine assessment with your primary healthcare practitioner. Up to 1 in 6 children have some hip instability. Majority of cases can be diagnosed by clinical examination alone, however in some cases an ultrasound may be required to confirm the diagnosis.

The hip joint consists of 2 main structures, the ball (femoral head of the thigh bone) and the socket (acetabulum of the pelvis). Ligaments and cartilage form the supportive structure at the hip joint ensuring optimal movement. Apart from the shoulder, the hip joint is one of the most mobile joints within the human body. Laxity in these structures can cause uneven movement and depth around the joint. Displacement or dysplasia of the hip joint occurs when the ball and socket joint do not fit together in their normal position. This can occur through abnormal development and/or lack of growth.

You may have heard hip dysplasia described as:

  • Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH)
  • Infant hip dysplasia
  • Clicky hips
  • Hip dislocation
  • Developmental hip dislocation
  • Acetabular dysplasia
  • Congenital hip dysplasia

What are the symptoms of hip dysplasia?

Hip dysplasia may not always present with obvious signs and is often referred to as a “silent condition”, however there are certainly factors a health practitioner would recognise which could indicate the presence of DDH such as:

  • Uneven buttock/glute folds
  • Uneven thigh creases
  • Audible clunk when moving the hip
  • Weight off one side when sitting
  • Legs difficult to spread apart
  • Different leg length
  • Avoiding weight-bearing
  • Walking on tippy toes on one side
  • Limping
  • Torticollis, Plagiocephaly and Metatarsus adductus

Breech birth and other newborn risk factors for hip dysplasia

Other risk factors in your baby or newborn can include:

  • Family history of DDH
  • First born
  • Breech lie
  • Neuromuscular/connective tissue disorder associated with DDH

If you are concerned about any of these symptoms in your infant or child, always consult your healthcare practitioner.



  • Allow for natural frog leg position, legs bent at knee and turned out at hips
  • Ensure baby seats, car seats, carriers and slings allow the legs to hang, or be positioned stretched out straight and together
  • Have your child’s hips checked at birth, 1-4 weeks, 6-8 weeks, 6-9 months and 12 months; and during normal health reviews until 3.5 years of age


  • Avoid swaddling baby tightly, legs should be free to move

For more information on safe swaddling techniques, please refer to the link below:

Treatment for adults with hip dysplasia at Tweed Coast Chiropractic in Kingscliff

  • Due to an increased risk of osteoarthritis, preventative surgery (pelvic osteotomy) may be useful in early adolescence to assist with overall reduction/delay of the onset of osteoarthritis. I
  • f diagnosed with hip dysplasia as a teenager or adult, it is important to do regular stretches to maintain hip mobility. This helps with lubrication of the hip joint and can also assist with managing symptoms associated with o
  • For more advice on appropriate exercise and management options, consult our chiropractors at Tweed Coast Chiropractic in Kingscliff