Thursday, November 18, 2010

Hip Problems

Yesterday we took Isaac to Shriner's Hospital for routine X-rays. Usually in the past they just check his spine and hips and tell us to continue with therapy and stretches. This appointment was different. Isaac's hips don't look good and he's developing dysplasia.According to the doctor, this is only going to get worse unless there's some kind of intervention. He talked about orthopedic surgery and also having Isaac wear a Spica cast for 6 weeks (which sounds more like 6 years). If you don't know what a Spica cast is, it's a body cast worn from the waste down. They showed us a demo....it doesn't look fun. I simply can't imagine making my sweet boy go through that. Luckily I was able to get a copy of his X-rays and then showed them to the PT when we came home. I will be doing much research on hips, therapy and the pros and cons of surgery. That's what us medical Mama's have to do before making major medical decisions! Sam and I agree that Isaac has been through enough in his little life and any kind of medical intervention is always determined by what's best for his quality of life. The dilemma is that if we don't have surgery and the Spica cast, his hips could get worse. In the long term he would become very stiff where it could be next to impossible to diaper him. Also with the dysplasia getting worse he could experience a lot of pain in the future. So much to think about, research and take in. There are many other storms going on lately in our lives, including the health of my Grandfather. It's interesting how God knows just what I need though. I haven't been to my Women's bible study group in awhile because I've been so busy, but for some reason I decided to go today. They were talking about the storms of life and then they played the song "You never let go." God never lets go no matter how difficult the storms of life are!

7 comments:

Janis @ Sneak Peek at Me said...

Check out Ainsley Rae's blog. She had that surgery done earlier this year. ((HUGS))

Junior said...

Will keep you in our prayers as you research all this.
Both Junior's hips are dislocated(for several years now) and we are very diligent about exercise, range of motion, and stretching. He continues to be able to ride his bike, be in his stander and his other daily activities. He does not have pain with them, at least so far. One big thing I have found with Junior is that we have to be very careful about his positioning so there is no pull on his hips.

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ANewKindOfPerfect said...

That xray looks identical to Emily's hips. We have been doing xrays every 6 months, and the dysplasia is there but not getting any worse. We were just granted a full year before we have to go back! Our ortho says that unless her hips cause her pain or they are dislocating, we are okay to wait. The surgery for this is SO severe, and the recovery is horrendous. I hope that Isaac's hips can wait a bit!

Lacey said...

Great job mommy for researching this! I know those casts are a huge pain! Whatever is best for him!

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Christopher C. Bradford said...

In fact, millions of people who suffer from various aches and pains like arthritis and joint pain, back pain, fibromyalgia and others do so because of chronic internal inflammation. The pain you feel is your body telling you about an injury or damage. The swelling is your smart body stopping you from moving to protect you from more damage.
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