Brittany Watson is not one for sitting on the bench. When severe hip pain threatened to sideline the 15-year-old’s fast pitch softball career, she turned to a pediatric and adolescent hip specialist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta to help her get back in the game.
In early 2008, Brittany began experiencing pain in her right hip. Like many athletes, she tried to play through, but it got worse.
When physical therapy did not alleviate the pain, Brittany was referred to Tim Schrader, M.D., Medical Director, Children’s Orthopaedic Hip program.
Through diagnostic imaging, Dr. Schrader found that she had developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH). “Brittany’s DDH was not severe, but nonsurgical treatment would not change the physical position of the socket like we can with surgery,” Dr. Schrader said. “Other options would be to ignore the pain and live with it, or undergo a hip fusion or a hip replacement. With a young person having good cartilage and no signs of arthritis, the last two options did not make sense.”