Hip Program

The Children’s Hip Program offers a wide range of services for patients who need specialized medical and surgical care for a variety of musculoskeletal diseases and injuries.

Recognizing the signs of pediatric and adolescent hip conditions early can allow our experts to provide specialized treatments to help our patients regain independence and return to healthier lives more quickly. Our approach to rehabilitative recovery allows the patient, parents, family and professionals all to develop and achieve goals together.

A hip condition not caught early in life could lead to larger problems in adolescence and adulthood. The Hip Program has extensive experience with infant, toddler and adolescent hip conditions including:

  • ­Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH)
  • ­Femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)
  • ­Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease
  • ­Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE)
  • Snapping hip
  • Hip fractures
  • Hip pain

Learn more about these hip conditions through our interactive animation.

Read some of our Hip Program patient stories.


    Swaddling babies can have many advantages if done correctly. If done incorrectly it can put too much pressure on the hips and cause problems. Learn more about the benefits of swaddling and how you can swaddle safely.

Led by Tim Schrader, M.D., Medical Director, the Hip Program provides a unique level of care that may not be found at an adult-focused healthcare facility. Our team of orthopaedic experts—trained to specialize in pediatric hip problems—treat patients from birth to age 21.
  • Nine-year-old Eli Clarkson was unstoppable until hip pain and a limp at age 7 led to a serious diagnosis. An X-ray at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Scottish Rite hospital revealed that Eli had Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease.

    Dr. Tim Schrader, M.D., Medical Director of the Children's Hip Program, performed core decompression to promote blood flow and help the bone grow stronger. After months of recovery and physical therapy, Eli was able to get back to the sports he loves—all three of them. 

    Learn more about Eli, one of our Comeback Athletes.