Growing up, I was a competitive cheerleader. I began having horrible knee and ankle pain when I was about 13 years-old, which was really unusual for someone that young. Eventually I saw a doctor, and they said it was just all growing pains and I would be fine.
Claire has always been active, participating in gymnastics and cheerleading. She’s had numerous injuries in the past, but her hip problems began August 1, 2018. While Claire was tumbling, she injured her right knee; her patella was dislocated for nearly four hours before doctors in the emergency room reset it.
During our ER visit, Claire complained her right hip was bothering her as well. The doctors took an x-ray and said everything looked fine, so they continued to focus on her knee and didn’t worry about the hip.
As I was entering my senior year of high school, I started to experience some hip pain. I wasn’t sure what it was. I was never really an active child growing up. I didn’t realize my hip pain until I started working 9 hours shifts on the weekends and participating in gym class so I could graduate. My hip gradually started to click and catch. It would hurt so bad that I could barely walk on it.
I’ve pretty much had issues with both my hips my whole life. I had my first hip surgery in 6th grade.
In 2010, I suffered a labral tear and continued to have problems with it ever since. I went to my local orthopaedic doctor for him to repair the torn labrum. In October 2017, I noticed my hip was acting up again, so I had another surgery to help repair the labral tear. I was in physical therapy for six weeks and I was still not feeling very good about my hip.
Going into her sophomore year at Fort Payne High School, my daughter, Brooke, started experiencing really severe back and leg pain. Brooke, who is currently a member of the University of Montevallo Falcons softball team, always had problems with back and leg pain, but it started to severely affect her activity about 3 or 4 years ago.
I have lived an active lifestyle my whole life. In addition to be physically active, I have taught yoga, spin and Pilates for many years and even ran a half marathon. I have always enjoyed being active and while also helping others accomplish their fitness goals. In my wildest dreams, I could not have imagined I would have bi-lateral hip replacement before I was 50 years old!
I was a patient before I ever began working at Andrews Sports Medicine. Despite being born with hip dysplasia, I grew up with a love for sports. I began playing softball at three years old and soon after learned karate. As I got older, my love for sports evolved into a passion for running. However, I experienced more pain the more active I was. I was forced to decide if I would allow my circumstances define me. I chose resilience.