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Healthy Hips Awareness Month patient spotlight: Quinn

Healthy Hips Awareness Month patient spotlight: Quinn

Shortly after birth, Quinn’s pediatrician noticed that there were signs of developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH) and she was referred to a specialist for further evaluation. Quinn was only 3 weeks old at the time of her appointment, and the consulting physician wanted to rule out the possibility of the condition correcting itself if given a bit more time. They instructed the family to come back in another three weeks.

However, Quinn’s mother, Ashlee, works as a senior pharmacy technician at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Portland, and when she brought Quinn to meet her coworkers, they encouraged her to seek a second opinion from a physician at the Portland Shriners Hospital. That same week, Ashlee was able to schedule an appointment with Jeremy Bauer, M.D., pediatric orthopaedic physician at the hospital. During their appointment, Dr. Bauer confirmed the initial diagnosis of DDH, and he ultimately agreed that it would be best to wait and receive another evaluation in three weeks.

Ashlee and Quinn felt comfortable and at ease at the Portland Shriners Hospital, and decided to continue care with Dr. Bauer. When three weeks had passed, they returned to the hospital and Dr. Bauer determined that Quinn’s hip dysplasia required medical intervention. He recommended a non-operative treatment plan that involved bracing Quinn’s hips.

In December of 2017, Quinn began wearing a Pavlik harness, a corrective brace used on infants to treat hip disorders. The brace secures the infant’s hips and knees in a flexed position with the thighs apart, allowing proper growth of the hips. Quinn utilized the Pavlik harness for 24 hours a day for six weeks. Afterward, she progressed to the Rhino brace, which is a less restrictive form of bracing, to continue treatment for her hips.

“It was really comforting that there was transparency in everything,” Ashlee said. “Everything was explained before it happened, not during, and you always knew what to expect.”

After about a year of bracing, Quinn’s hips showed significant signs of improvement, and in December of 2018 she was able to experience brace freedom! Since then, she continues to see Dr. Bauer for annual check-ups, and she has become quite the tree climber! Now almost 3 years old, Quinn is running circles around her parents and can often be found jumping on her trampoline.

“Shriners is such a safe and caring place. They are the experts in this [pediatric orthopaedics] field, from prosthetics and orthotics to child life – they know how to make you and your kiddo smile and feel at ease, even if the reason you’re there isn’t exactly easy or fun,” Ashlee said. ”I feel so honored and lucky to get to work here and get to contribute to the Shriners way.”

June is Healthy Hips Awareness Month! With a dedicated hip specialty program, the pediatric orthopaedic specialists at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Portland provide a comprehensive approach to the treatment of complex hip problems for children from infancy to adolescence.

Quin with Dr. BauerQuinn in Pavlik harnessQuinn on trampolineQuinn climbing a tree