'Cast Life' – a guide to DDH
Meet Spica Warrior
Don’t worry if you have never heard of it. It is not well publicized nor supported despite being a common congenital abnormality that affects between one and three children in a thousand.
DDH occurs when the ball and socket of the hip joint do not fit snugly together and whilst not life threatening, if left untreated, can lead to long term disability, hip replacements and life long pain.
Enter Natalie and Lucas Trice. Lucas was born in 2009 and was diagnosed with DDH just before he was five months old and spent much of the first two years of his life in casts (spicas). His mum Natalie, distressed at the lack of information available to parents has written ‘Cast Life – A Parent’s Guide to DDH’ which will offer a much needed, long overdue life line to parents with children suffering from the condition.
Cast Life is a comprehensive book that covers everything from easy to understand explanations about the condition and the treatments involved to the products available to make life easier for children in casts. It also looks at family life, dealing with emotions as well including first person stories and parent comments.
The hero and warrior ( see the likeness?) is Lucas who is facing an autumn of more casts after a pelvic osteotomy. He has been his mum’s inspiration to support other parents
“With Lucas facing more surgery this autumn, I am really pleased to have done something to help others as I know how hard the waiting and recovery periods are. Cast Life isn’t loaded with medical jargon, but it gives the reader the knowledge and facts they need to get to grips with DDH so they regain a little bit of control and power in what can be a tough situation.”
The book has already been well received both by the medical profession and other parents
Professor N. M. P. Clarke ChM, DM, FRCS Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
…it is remarkable that there is so little information (about DDH) out there. This book is essential reading for the parents of children with the condition, as well as health professionals working with them, and I would love to see it in all clinics around the world.”
Although Lucas’ condition was spotted early, it is still possible for DDH to not be diagnosed early enough so it is useful for staff and teachers, particularly in the early years, to be mindful of the condition. Signs such as slow walking or continually walking on tip toes should be further investigated.
The website Spica Warrior has lots of information for parents and practitioners and also provides the opportunity to support the charity Natalie has set up. 10% of the royalties from the book will be going to this cause.