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  • Eventing and hip replacements...

    So, I have been putting off going to the Dr b/c I know that my hip pain as due to arthritis and gee whiz - that's what it is. There are some fairly significant bony changes, bone rubbing on bone and big old bone spurs ( at least it explains why I can never keep my left leg back...)
    I am going in for cortisone injection next week, but looking at the films , it is only a matter of time before I need a replacement - can';t think how the cortisone will help when I look at the films. If this were a horse, I'd be telling the owner to hang it up..
    I am hoping for some encouragement from people who have had one done and how long it took before you were riding ( and then eventing )again.
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    I have a friend who has had 3 hip replacements over the years. She's a very tough woman, competed at Advanced, won a 100 mile ride on her Advanced horse, still brings along and competes the babies. Swimming is what she does to keep it all going. You should be much happier once the surgery is done. Sorry I don't have time lines for you.
    My 83 year old mother in law had back films that looked like garbage. She had 3 cortisone injections over the past summer then finally caved in to surgery. They carved her open, cleaned it all up, sent her home the next morning. She had to sit around for a week and is 100% now, only 2 weeks later. Sometimes, surgery really IS the answer! Good luck.
    Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.

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    • #3
      From the posts on Foxhunters Online, lots and lots of foxhunters have had knee and hip replacements and continue hunting afterwards. I shouldn't think modern eventing is much more strenuous than foxhunting.
      "I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay."
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      • #4
        Awesome hip specialist

        On April, 30th 2010, I had a young horse spook and fall on me. In addition to fracturing my pelvis in 3 places, breaking 6 or 7 ribs and a couple vertebrae, I had a posterior dislocation of my right hip. The bones healed fine, but I had continuing daily pain that kept me up at night in my right hip. My dad is an orthopedist who has been on the board at the AAOS and was president of Eastern Orthopedics. Through recommendations, i went to see Dr. Alliston Stubbs at Wake Forest in Winston Salem. I had a 6 hour hip arthroscopy last November that made an ENORMOUS difference in my pain and function, and I was home the next morning. In addition, Dr. Stubbs was wonderful to work with and great at explaining everything, and he has a very specific recovery regimen written out with specific daily PT for recovery. People come from all over the country to see him. He told me that, yes, riders get "cowboy" or "cowgirl" hips which are different as men and women's pelvis's are shaped differently. He showed me on my MRI where you could already see some changes from riding in both my hips. To make me feel better he said that there are also "Kayaker hips" and "cyclist hips" etc..... If anyone needs a second opinion or needs to have surgical intervention, I cannot recommend Dr. Stubbs enough!!!. "A"
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        • #5
          For some of us, it's only a matter of time...

          Hey, Didi,

          I'm right behind you, I'm sure...seem to have inherited my Dad's left hip which for Daddy, required a hip replacement some 7 or so years ago. Lots of rehab and swimming got him back to playing 18 holes of golf 3x/week at now age 85 and in the afternoons, walks 2-3 miles on the beach, rides his stationary bike every single day for at least 30 minutes...when the pain gets to be too much, go for it. I hate surgery too, need to have the ridiculously huge bunion on my right foot removed but.... In the meantime, have you tried riding a bike? Getting on my windtrainer every day BEFORE running has made a tremendous difference in my comfort...probably helps my riding too but who knows? Good luck!
          ~ it no longer matters what level I do, as long as I am doing it..~ with many thanks, to Elizabeth Callahan

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          • #6
            I had bilateral hip replacements in Oct 2004 and life is now great! Back to riding, eventing, ice hockey-no worries!
            Be a part of the solution~ Adopt a thoroughbred!
            MidAtlanticHorseRescue.org

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            • #7
              Not to be Debbie Downer, but I think it really depends on your level of security and personal priorities. My mother had a hip replacement and it was a miracle for her (re: pain, mobility) but she has stopped riding all together because she feels like she is lucky to be able to walk at this point and the increased risk of injury from riding is not worth it for her. However, she has always been a lower level hacker and she loves horses just for being horses. Riding was always a bit secondary.

              The things that make her nervous: She was told to try to avoid closing her hip angle more than 90 degrees and she was told to never jump or fall off of anything higher than her own hight.

              Again, these are her sentiments, not mine. As you can tell there are many people who keep riding after joint replacements but it comes down to what you feel comfortable doing.
              "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals" Immanuel Kant

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              • #8
                Before my surgery I visited two well known surgeons who would do both hips at the same time- #1 said after surgery no hockey or riding or jumping off the beds of pickup trucks and "I trained with Dr Rothman in Philly". #2 said after surgery riding is OK, no hockey, dont bend too much and "I trained with Dr Rothman". soooo, #3 was Dr Rothman- he came in with twinkle in his eye and said I heard you want to keep riding and playing ice hockey- no problem! He was my man! and since my insurance wouldn't pay for PT, he said you are active, just go home and start walking, so I did~started with one of those rolling wheelie walkers with a seat and went from there. Started riding again a little less than 2 months later. My hips are great....now about that knee......
                Be a part of the solution~ Adopt a thoroughbred!
                MidAtlanticHorseRescue.org

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by BeverlyAStrauss View Post
                  , #3 was Dr Rothman- he came in with twinkle in his eye and said I heard you want to keep riding and playing ice hockey- no problem! He was my man!
                  Dr. Rothman did both of my grandmother's hips (before she was 60) and she swore he was the greatest. My mother had hip #1 done at 55 and is about to go in for hip #2 at 62.... let's hope I have my father's hips!!!!!
                  "We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals" Immanuel Kant

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