Hello my name is Danielle. When I was junior in high school, about 16, I was diagnosed with DDH. I was very active all my life but when I started running track my junior year I had a horrible pain in my right hip my coach took me it was in my mind so keep running. The next morning I couldn’t move or get out of bed so my mom made a doctors appointment with my family doctor. He took x-rays and could not see anything, but told my mom and I that he will send us to an orthopedic doctor to make us feel better.


When we got to midlands orthopedic Dr Fredrick Piehl had new x-rays taken. When he came in and slouched in his chair, he asked if this is how I sit, I answered yes. Then he asked if my hips ever popped or hurt growing up. Again I answered yes but told him my family doctor said it was growing pains and i’ll get over them. Dr Piehl then told me I had DDH in both hips!


My right hip was worse than my left. At the time it was 50 degrees off while my left was 45. I had to have reconstructive surgery that year but I put it off till after football and I cheered half of the basketball season. It was tough being 16 and have to have hip surgery but that did not stop me at all. I recovered quite fast and I was back in sports a month ahead of the normal time.


I made my senior year cheer squad a week after I got off of crunches, with the doctors approval of course. I was 20 when my left started acting up so I had to have another reconstructive surgery. Dr Piehl did the surgery and all was smooth.


I am all better now with and do not need to have anymore surgery!! YAY!! I spend time now telling people about what I have and to make sure you get your child checked!! Thanks for letting me share my story :) God bless

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  1. Briana says:

    Hey Danielle!
    So I’m doing a research project for my health class and I was wondering if maybe we could talk on the phone so you could possibly talk to me more about your experience with hip dysplasia. Would you be okay with doing that?

  2. Rachel Elliott says:

    Hello, my mom says I have hip dysplasia.
    I’m 18, I haven’t had surgery (and probably will not), but… I’m trying to get a service dog incase I fall or get hurt again… This helped to read so I know I’m not the only one…

  3. Becky says:

    My son is 16 and just got diagnosed with hip dysplasia. He is extremely active in sports and is devastated that he may have to quit playing them. Thanks for writing this. I felt like I was reading his story and it is nice to see an ending.

  4. Michelle says:

    Hello Dannielle,
    Our daughter is 16. She’s been in cheer and softball. She was told not to continue with sports and doesn’t want to stay out of sports even after doctors have advised not to. She wants to join poms now in her upcoming Sr. year. Poms is still high impact. How are you doing now? Michelle

  5. Danielle says:

    Michelle I am 100% better now I still cheered and played sports my doctor said it was ok as long as I was careful. I know my limits and when my hips hurt or start to feel funny I take a step back so I don’t injure them. :) I hope that helps :)

  6. Anna says:

    Hi Danielle,
    What kind of situation were you in when you had your reconstructive surgery? What did your doctors do for the operation?


  7. Debbie says:


    Your story is very inspiring. My daughter, almost 16, was also recently diagnosed and is scheduled for surgery in January. She is very active and had a similar situation as you in that she began to have hip pain while on the Cross Country team. She has switched to competitive swimming and water polo but she has been very concerned about her recovery and how long it will be before she can do normal teenage things as well as get back into the pool. Since your stories are similar, would you be willing to speak with her or share some emails so that she can ask some questions that might help her mentally prepare for this?

    Thank you!

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