From 1968 to 1972, twenty-three infants under six months old with
twenty-seven dislocated hips were treated with a Pavlik harness.
All the dislocations except three were successfully reduced. Only
one child required hospitalization. All the patients were followed
for more than two years. All but three of the hips were clinically
and roentgenographically normal at follow-up, and none had avascular
necrosis. In infants, the Pavlik harness successfully utilizes the
principle of reduction in flexion, avoiding forced abduction.