Hip Dysplasia Life

A how-to guide for surviving and thriving with hip dysplasia, for you and your family

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Discover our top tips, guidance and stories:

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Being active with dysplasia

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Getting ready for surgery

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Tips for after surgery

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Resources we have found helpful


How we are influencing research


How to use our site

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Throughout the site you’ll see our ‘top hips’ symbol – this indicates a stand out top tip from one of us – learned along the way.

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Our ‘helping hand’ symbol indicates information and top tips from a hip dysplasia specialist physiotherapist.

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Our ‘did you know’ symbol – indicates an interesting fact or where our experiences or information we are providing is mirrored in research findings.

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Our ‘arts’ symbol – indicates a ‘top tip’ from artists we have worked with.

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What is hip dysplasia?

Developmental Dysplasia of the hip (DDH) is an umbrella term used to describe various bony abnormalities which result in poor containment of the ball of the hip (femoral head) within the hip socket (acetabulum).

This site focuses on the needs and experiences of adults with hip dysplasia.

To learn more about the mechanics of the hip and hip dysplasia, take a look at this information leaflet created by Specialist Hip Dysplasia Physiotherapist Holly Doyle and Hippy MJ.

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Preparing to leave hospital after hip surgery

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December 2021


About us

20 of us hippies met online in 2020-2021 for a project called ‘Get CreActive for hips’ run by Cardiff University.

We shared our experiences of living with hip dysplasia, including exploring how best to get, be and stay physically active. Talking together, learning from one another and representing our experiences through creative arts we identified many similarities between our stories – and have found it very helpful to meet others with hip dysplasia.

We’ve developed this website to share what we have learned and created with you, in the hope that our journeys will help yours.