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PT Corner: W-Sitting and Hip Dysplasia: What Does the Research Say?

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Often times as therapists, teachers, and parents it has been past practice to discourage children from w-sitting.  We often recommended alternative sitting positions other than w-sitting. The negative effects that we often describe do not have research to support it. Examples of these negative effects that are not evidence based are the following:

  • hip muscle tightness
  • hip dysplasia
  • lack of crossing midline
  • in toeing
  • decreased weight shifting
  • poor postural control muscles.

But What Does the Research Say About W-Sitting and Hip Dysplasia?   A prospective study was recently completed to explore the relationship between w-sitting and hip

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