Hip operation for woman, 28

PUBLISHED: 14:22 17 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:05 15 June 2010

A WOMAN whose party trick was to 'click her hip' recently learned she could end up in a wheelchair if she did not have a major operation.

A WOMAN whose party trick was to 'click her hip' recently learned she could end up in a wheelchair if she did not have a major operation. Jess Beviss, 28, from Trevelyan Road, Seaton, was diagnosed with dysplasia- a misalignment of the hip- which she unknowingly had all her life.Known as the silent condition, because those with untreated or undetected dysplasia generally do not complain, Jess was unaware of her condition until two years ago. After suffering severe pain and having to use crutches, Jess will now undergo pelvic rotation surgery in a bid to cure the condition.She said: "I was told if I didn't have the operation I would be in a wheelchair," Jess said. "It was a bit scary and unexpected, as I had only ever associated hip problems with older people."I had been hobbling around on crutches in severe pain - which started two years ago. It got to the point where I nearly couldn't walk."I used to click my hip out as a party trick. It was a bit of fun, and even gave me an advantage when I did ballet. I didn't know I had a medical problem."Born with 'Clicky hips', which includes a dislocation of the hips and developmental dysplaisa, Jess wore braces until the age of two.It was believed the treatment had worked, but at the age of 26, Jess began to experience problems.She said: "I went to dancing school, did horse riding and running - I had been very fit - and supple! I was like a monkey, as having a 'clicky' hip gave me more leverage."But I went backpacking in Peru last year and nearly couldn't walk when I got back."Previously working as complimentary therapist, Jess has temporarily had to stop working while she has treatment.She hopes to return to work after her operation, but in the meantime said dyslapsia will not stop her enjoying life.This summer she will attend the Beautiful Days festival at Escot - in a wheelbarrow.She said: "My friend Joe Cousins works at a garden centre and will take me there in a wheelbarrow."Having dyslapisa has become a way of life that I've got used to. It hasn't stopped my fun - but I'm not doing my party trick anymore.

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