Some children are born with hip problems. Others develop them as their bodies grow. Whatever the cause, hip pain can make it difficult for your child to do the activities they love. Our dedicated pediatric hip specialists can help your child move more easily - and experience less pain.
We have experience treating pediatric hip conditions for a range of ages, from newborns to teens. Many of these conditions result from bones and joints not developing properly. We correct these issues with innovative treatments, including nonsurgical and surgical options. Our experts use techniques that preserve the joint to prevent arthritis and other future problems.
Our pediatric hip care
At Cook Children's, we understand how your child's developing skeleton affects the way their hips work. This knowledge allows us to effectively treat hip problems while preserving the joint. Our orthopedic experts provide a wide range of care and customize treatment to each child's needs.
Our hip care services include:
- Physical examination of the injury or condition, followed by diagnostic testing such as X-ray or MRI
- Physical therapy
- Casting or bracing to preserve range of motion in the hips
- Minimally invasive, arthroscopic surgery to repair damaged hip joints
- Periacetabular osteotomy (PAO), an advanced surgery to treat hip dysplasia and other severe hip conditions
Hip conditions we treat
Our team is equipped to treat any type of hip condition - even the most rare and challenging cases. Our areas of expertise include:
- Adolescent hip dysplasia: dislocation of the hip joint that can occur as a teen grows
- Cerebral palsy: hip problems such as dysplasia can result from a child's overly tight muscles
- Developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH): dysplasia diagnosed in infancy
- Hip impingement: a mismatch between the ball and socket of the hip joint
- Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease: a change in the top of the thighbone
- Slipped capital femoral epiphysis (SCFE): a shift by the thighbone that affects the hip
Get to know our pediatric hip care team
Our hip experts specialize in treating children and teens with hip conditions, using advanced methods to protect their developing joints.
Advance practice providers
Alexandra Britt grew up in South Dakota where she attended undergrad at Dakota Wesleyan University and received her Master's in Physician Assistant studies from the University of South Dakota. She moved to Texas shortly after graduating from PA School. She worked in adult pain management for a couple years before coming to work in orthopedic surgery at Cook Children's in 2020. She works primarily with Dr. Mayfield and greatly enjoys helping children feel better.
When not at work, she likes spending time with her husband, friends, and dogs. She enjoys the outdoors, especially the warmth Texas has to offer, live music, and watching movies.
Brittne Craig received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Before joining Cook Children's Orthopedics, Brittne worked as a Registered Nurse in the Pediatric Emergency Department at Covenant Children's Hospital in Lubbock, Texas and in the Emergency Department at Baylor Scott & White in Grapevine, Texas. After working as a nurse for nearly 10 years, she decided to go back to school to obtain her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Texas at Arlington. Brittne is certified as an Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and is a member of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.
Brittne works directly with Dr. W. Taylor Dodgen and provides clinical coverage at the Alliance and Dodson locations. Together, they specialize in complex child and adolescent hip conditions, cerebral palsy, myelodysplasia, clubfoot/foot deformities, and trauma/fracture care.
Brittne is a native Texan and grew up in the Grapevine area. She and her husband, Shelby, live in Fort Worth with their two daughters who are both active in cheerleading. In her free time, Brittne enjoys spending time with family and friends and attending/watching Texas Tech sporting events (Wreck 'em)!
Jennifer Elkins is a Texas and DFW native that grew up in Mansfield, TX. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine from Samford University in Birmingham, AL in 2009 and graduated with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies in Fort Worth, TX in 2014. She has worked in Orthopedics for the past nine years. Jennifer joined the Cook Children’s Orthopedic Department in 2023 and she sees patients in the inpatient and outpatient setting, as well as assisting in surgery.
Jennifer live in North Richland Hills where she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children who keep her very busy. She enjoys running, the outdoors and reading. If you come to clinic with a book, she will probably ask you what you are reading!
Amanda Fernando grew up in the Pacific Northwest and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon where she studied Human Physiology and Organic Chemistry.
She attended Rutgers University for graduate level training and began practicing as a PA in 2014. She worked in orthopaedic surgery in New York City before moving to Texas and joining Cook Children's Medical Center in 2019. She works closely with Dr. Lauren LaMont in the operating room and office. Her clinical interests include orthopaedic trauma and spine surgery.
Amanda enjoys trying new foods. If you have a great restaurant recommendation, let her know! She is also a budding yogi, currently working on mastering scorpion pose.