Suzanne’s Health HIPstory
Bi-lateral Developmental Dysplasia of the Hips (DDH)
Option: Total Hip Replacement
I am an active 54 year old, diagnosed with hip dysplasia (DDH) by four different surgeons who looked at my x-rays, more than they did my MRI (which I hated having to do!). I had been dealing with pain in my lower back, hips, buttocks and thighs, and started watching the progression of a loss range of motion in my hips as well as a significant misalignment. I have a 16 degree scoliosis from a fracture in my L4-5, and had been seeing a chiropractor for adjustments and the new pain. About 13 years ago, after power walking/running a marathon at Disney, I had more back pain and got sciatica. I was dealing with a career change as well as a law suit from the school system at that time. I thought it was the compounding of the marathon along with the changes and conflict I was dealing with. Eventually, I had sciatica in my left hip, then a year later in my right hip, then a year later back to the left hip. I was recommended to s-t-r-e-t-c-h more, and work on releasing my psoas. I didn’t know how I could s-t-r-e-t-c-h more because I had been active as a competitive high school and college cheerleader and was usually the most flexible on the team. I could do splits any which way: standing lateral splits, right leg, left leg, full straddle splits with knees facing forward, we called Chinese split,s and full straddle splits with knees facing upward, we called Russian splits. I also coached competitive high school cheerleading and trained and worked out with them. I noticed I was more flexible than many of the young athletes I coached and would be frustrated with them for not stretching enough. I was not always able to do them until I was in junior high watching Olympian, Olga Korbut, inspired me to develop and train myself in tumbling skills. I read all the library books in our High School Library on stretching, stunting, gymnastics, yoga and acrobatics to learn more about body strength and flexibility. I was Captain of the cheerleading team that cheered for football, basketball and competitive cheerleading through the KY called KAPOS. I began to teach many others how to develop their bodies in the same way. We moved to FL and I continue to coach and develop cheerleading teams into athletes that could cheer at games with crowd management skills entertaining them with their talents, as well as competing in Regional and State Competitions, going onto National level with programs under NCA & UCA.
Now I own and teach at our Bikram Yoga College of India affiliation called Bikram Yoga on the Island in Merritt Island, FL.