Blog & News

Welcome to the Blog and News page.  Here you will find news articles from the 'hip' world, a blog of diaries from surgeries and recoveries  and also a collection of light-hearted stories from a 'day in the life' of living with Hip Dysplasia . You can pick the category from the blog dropdown menu below.

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By Ami, from the UK, living in Spain. I wrote a diary throughout my 2 PAO surgeries for Hip Dysplasia. I had never written before but it gave me a lot of peace to be able to get it all out on paper and it helped me to process the process, so to speak. Some

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by Amanda, Pennsylvania, USA

My name is Amanda, I love writing and reading.  I hope to have a moment to shed some light on some of my personal thoughts of this disease I am plagued with, called Hip Dysplasia.  

Last night was a blur, of in and out darkness and pain. I kept waking up

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Andy Murray has withdrawn from this week’s Rogers Cup in Montreal as he continues his recovery from the hip issues he experienced during Wimbledon. Having watched, empathetically, how the pain he was suffering impacted his game, we’re glad to hear he’s taking the time to look after himself and his hips. Much love Andy, we all hope you’re feeling better soon! Keep fighting! To read more on

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Post hip replacements, post ALL meds, what feels like and what I was hoping was a ‘cleaner’ way of living. A break for my body from all those horrible drugs.  Goodbye side-effects, farewell to blaming every pang of pain, every ache, every weird symptom on either my hips, or the drugs because of my hips. After years of that, you get used to accepting that things are a certain way.   That you are ‘sick’ and that’s all it is. 

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by Leona, North Wales, UK.


My name is Leona I am 24.

My journey with hip dysplasia began when I was around 15 years old and had a growth spurt.  My knee was the problem then, it would click, crunch and lock constantly and was SO ANNOYING!!! I saw my GP who referred me

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by Rachelle, New Braunfels, Texas, USA.


I was diagnosed with bilateral hip dysplasia and a right labral tear this past July, after years of increasing right hip pain. I am currently managing the pain with steroid injections, with Total Hip Replacement looming in the near future.

I love to hike with my 2 sons and we went for a hike yesterday. We took it slow, but

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As part of my post-hip-replacement rehabilitation, I have been building up my walking distance.  Which works perfectly in line with my plans to climb Mount Snowdon next year.  Coming from Wales and having never been up Snowdon (not even on it’ s mountain train!), has always been something of an embarrassment for me. However, years of dealing with the pain and inconvenience that is Hip Dysplasia, meant it was never possible. But with two

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Andy Murray is getting some advice for the best way forward to treat his hip;

"...made a visit to a clinic in Switzerland over the weekend for tests and expert opinion as he seeks to alleviate the discomfort caused by a long-standing hip problem..."

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Yet to be confirmed, but does Andy Murray have Hip Dysplasia?

Having crashed out of Wimbledon, he was clearly struggling with a hip problem that, according to Murray, is "...something he has been dealing with for many years".

Giles Stafford, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon, specialising in sports related hip disorders, said "What he has said would suggest he potentially has an underlying problem called dysplasia, which is a slightly shallow socket".

Sending all our support and love Andy's way!

Andy Murray Living with Hip Dysplasia?

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June is Hip Dysplasia Awareness Month. I wanted to share what it is like to live a life with Hip Dysplasia whilst helping to create a bit of awareness and insight also.

A poem, expressing my life with Hip Dysplasia:

A Life Without Hip Dysplasia


Considering a life without hip dysplasia, a life that’s not mine.

Uncomplicated. Unregimented. A life without design.

Dreaming of a life not at its mercy, a life benign.

Not imprisoned by my body, sentenced or ‘doing time’.


Pondering my mornings, waking free from ill health,

a blessing to feel rested, feeling ‘normal’, myself.

Not waning or falling, able to take my full weight,

now effortless to dress in haste when I’m late.


Just leaving my house, no longer a mission,

no dread of getting stuck in my car, in a bad condition.

I’m on buses and trains, no fear of being bumped, left stranded,

my independence returned, proudly embracing my life, single-handed.


Every chore, every task, I can take in my stride,

no grocery shops where trolley pushing is a painful joyride.

Goodbye jobs half done, making choices over which matters more,

sacrificing, clean clothes, a proper meal, as feeling so poor.


No click, clunk or crack, forget giving way without forewarning,

dragging heavy legs, the pain I try and hide, I am not mourning.

Feeling alone, private tears, begging freedom from my dark abyss,

the desperation, the exhaustion, that burning agony I will not miss.


Farewell time in hospital, surgeries, physio, the struggle,

this gruelling existence no one could fathom, that was the trouble.

Toss aside brain-numbing painkillers, my soul they do steal,

sickness, drowsiness, med-hangovers I no longer need to conceal.


So long horrid restless legs, able to enjoy a duvet day,

not needing swinging momentum getting up from sitting, or where I lay.

Good riddance to the creeping, the crawling, frustration I can’t rest,

my resolve constantly pushed and put to the test.


For all that I dream, I see things I am missing or lost,

my life stolen, an ill-considered wish to return it at any cost.

But my view is being clouded, I am more than just ‘sick’,

the meaning of my life I am overlooking, be careful, it goes quick.


My scars tell a story, a life fought for and having overcome,

though it does not define me, proud they are battles I have won.

A colourful spirit, my strength of character shines through,

hip dysplasia has taught me, strive for dreams, persevere, pursue.


A lesson to cherish life, take nothing for granted, to remind us,

that we have resilience, tolerance, experience love and great kindness.

Reflect not regret, live not exist, laugh often and enjoy your time,

this life with hip dysplasia, it’s a life that I love, that’s all mine.

© 2017 Xandra Lee

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