Abduction TherapyA standard method for managing developmental dysplasia of the hip in infants under 6 months of age, which aims to:
(1) reduce the hip (replace the femoral head into the acetabulum);
(2) stabilise the joint to properly position the femoral head in the acetabulum; and
(3) resolve chondro-osseous dysplasia.
Early abduction therapy capitalises on the reciprocal development of the femur and acetabulum, and the hip’s ability to remodel and grow normally; by maintaining the hip in a position of flexion and abduction, the femoral head is held in its proper position while the acetabulum grows and the surrounding ligaments tighten.
Abduction therapy devices Frejka pillow, Craig splint, Van Rosen splint, Pavlik harness