Hip Click

What is a “hip click”?

A “hip click” refers to an audible “click” or “pop” that occurs when a baby’s hips are being examined.

When an infant has a “hip click” it does not mean that a baby has hip dysplasia. While some infants that have a hip click will be diagnosed with hip dysplasia, there are babies with hip clicks that have normal hips.

Why would a baby with normal hips “click”?

There are many ligaments inside an infant’s hip joint that can make snapping or popping noises in certain positions for many different reasons as the baby develops.

A “hip click” is just one sign that hip dislocation may be present in an infant. Further examinations and tests will be needed to know why an infant’s hip is clicking.

So what does a “hip click” mean?

An infant that has a hip click should be monitored for hip dysplasia. It is important for babies to have regular hip examinations during the first year of life. There are documented cases where the hips were normal at birth, but became dislocated in the first few months of life as the baby developed physically.

Even with careful physical examination, hip dysplasia can be difficult to detect in newborn infants. Further tests such as ultrasounds and xrays are normally needed to make a diagnosis for hip dysplasia or to be sure the hip is normal.


Back to Signs and Symptoms

  • Social Media Links

  • Translate Link

    Para ver en Español Click Aquí

  • SubNav Menu

  • Hippo CTA

  • Child CTA

  • Wrist Bands Block

    Hip Dysplasia Brochures
  • Adult CTA

  • Latest News

    Latest News

    view all

    Hip Dysplasia Pain Discovery

    Apr 16

    Increased amounts of pain chemicals found in adult hip dysplasia patie...

    Do we know how to end the Pavlik Harness treatment...

    Mar 07

    Which is better: completely stopping versus part time wearing of the P...

    Advocates Join Together to Reach Major Network TV ...

    Jan 29

    Hip dysplasia advocates have joined together to reach popular TV shows...

  • Latest Stories

    Latest Stories

    view all

    Gina Jay

    Apr 01

    Gina Jay is an author, advocate, mother, wife, and creator of the fu...

    Daniel

    Apr 03

    I am a 35 year old male who was diagnosed with hip dysplasia around 5 ...

    Sarah

    Mar 26

    I was born in 1977 with bilateral hip dysplasia, worse on my left side...