ARTICLE: PDF OnlyUse of the Pavlik Harness in Treating Congenital Dislocation of the HipFlipe, G.; Carlioz, H.Author Information Department of Orthopedic and Reconstructive Pediatric Surgery, Hospital Trousseau, Paris, France Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics: October 1982 - Volume 2 - Issue 4 - p 357-362 Buy Abstract The Pavlik harness has made an important contribution to the treatment of congenital dislocation of the hip before walking age. Our experience of 74 cases confirms the good results already reported by several authors; however, four instance of moderate avascular necrosis of the femoral head occurred. The precise indications for the harness and the rules governing its use must be clearly understood. It may be used from the neonatal period up to 6 to 8 months of age for dislocation or subluxation with limitation of hip abduction. Selection of suitable candidates is made more accurate by taking into account the child's general tone and that of the adductor muscles, as well as the data from X-ray films taken in the harness position. © Lippincott-Raven Publishers.