The Hip in Poliomyelitis

  • Hugh G. WattsEmail author
  • Benjamin Joseph
  • Sanjeev Sabharwal


Although the incidence of poliomyelitis has been markedly decreased, it is still present and may never be eradicated in spite of vaccinations. In fact, the incidence of polio-like diseases has increased. Hip contractures following acute poliomyelitis are extremely common and treatment is simple. Paralysis of the gluteal muscles results in an unattractive gait pattern that is energy demanding. Treatment is often unsatisfactory. Fortunately, hip dislocation in poliomyelitis is very uncommon and not usually painful. It is, however, extraordinarily difficult to manage when it does occur. The literature concerning treatment options for hip problems in poliomyelitis is scant and outdated.


Poliomyelitis Hip contractures Unstable or dislocated hip Abductor lurch 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hugh G. Watts
    • 1
    Email author
  • Benjamin Joseph
    • 2
  • Sanjeev Sabharwal
    • 3
  1. 1.Shriners Hospitals for ChildrenLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Aster MedcityKochiIndia
  3. 3.Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Benioff Children’s Hospital of OaklandUniversity of California, San FranciscoOaklandUSA

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