Joan’s Story

I was born with DDH and had a plaster cast when it was discovered. Only one hip joint worked but I walked fine till age 30 when osteoarthritis in hips meant I had to use a wheelchair for 2 years. Got walking again using walking stick for a while. I had my third child aged 42 and walked with no help but increasing pain till aged 70 when got wheelchair again so now no pain and I live alone and have just written my memoir ‘Winning’




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  1. Donna says:

    Hi Joan,

    Have you had hip replacements throughout your life? If so how many? I am only asking beacause i was born with congenital hip dysplasia. I am now 35, I have had pao surgey at the age of 21 and was fine for years but i am now in a lot of pain again and my consultant is putting off a total hip replacemnt because of my age. I am also suffering with pain in my knee, i am having a scan on the 27th July to see if anything shows up.

    Donna x

  2. joan says:

    Hi, thanks for your comment, no I didnt have any hip replacements at all, they were not offered at that time. I was lucky that the hips improved and I could walk for many years and have my second and third children, all 7 years apart.

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