Hip Hip Hooray!
This past Friday we had Willow’s regular hip check up with our Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Weber. It is always so good to see her. She has been with us through some of our hardest days dealing with hip dysplasia. From diagnosis to surgeries, to hospital stays, she has been there and supported us with all of her amazing knowledge, experience, and compassion.
It has been 4 months since our last hip x-rays. At that checkup, Willow’s hips were sitting about 5 degrees off of where they expect 1-year-olds hips to be and she still needed to wear a brace at night. Going into this appointment Tyler and I were praying (along with lots of friends and family) for good progress in Willow’s hip development. This was the first checkup since Willow started walking. The hope was that as Willow would walk, the pressure on the hip joint would allow the socket to deepen and further aline her hip into the proper position.
It always amazes me how well Willow handles these appointments. She has to be pinned down on an x-ray table so that she doesn’t move and they are able to get a few clear pictures of her hips. She barely cried, only from being scared of the unknown. All it took was a sticker to put that big dimply smile back on her sweet face. Kids are so much more resilient than us.
Dr. Weber pulled up her old x-ray pictures and her new ones to compare. She began to explain what she saw and the progress Willow’s hips have been making. Willow’s hips are looking the best they have EVER looked!! The socket is beginning to deepen and curve exactly like we prayed it would. The pressure of Willow walking has allowed her hip to continue to progress and it is only off by 2 degrees! Praise the Lord!
So, for now, Willow doesn’t need to wear a brace at night. We don’t need any physical therapy. We just need to continue with our checkups every 4 months and continue to pray that Willow’s hips will naturally progress on their own without needing any surgeries!