Wednesday, April 19, 2006

K's Harness

I copied the picture and following paragraph from a couple websites that describe the harness K has to wear.

The Pavlik Harness was first introduced by Arnold Pavlik, a Czech orthopedic surgeon, who first described it in the 1950’s. Since then, it has become standard treatment for hip dysplasia in infants. The harness consists of a shoulder harness attached to foot stirrups that keep the hips in the position of flexion and abduction, while allowing for a certain degree of movement within the "safe zone". This allows the femoral head (ball) to move within limits of safety within the acetabulum (cup), thus molding and deepening the acetabulum with growth. At birth, the harness is usually worn full-time for 6 weeks when the hip stabilizes, followed by another 6 weeks of weaning.


Karim said...

May God bless K and you --her parents.
K is so beautifull ! her smiles! her tender eyes. The beauty is there!
I'll be back often to see how K is going, please keep us informed.
Best kisses and wishes.

Anonymous said...

I can only imagine how tough this is on all of you. My prayers will be ongoing for all of you and especially that this harness will be enough to keep K from further treatments on her hips.
She is so adorable to look at in these pictures-thanks for keeping them coming! Love, Mama Rosene