Welcome to Hiprunner

My name is Hip Brother Tom.  I am a runner.  I had a hip replacement in January of 2012.   A month prior to my surgery, I started this blog to share my experience with anyone who might be facing the same fate down the road.  I wanted to show my weekly recovery progress and hopeful return to running.  Hence the name…hiprunner.com.  As time has passed, I have opened this site to others who wanted to share their experiences.  There is even a Hip Runners forum now.  We are the Hip Runner’s Club.  But it isn’t just about hips.  In February of 2018, I also had a partial knee replacement.  This site serves as a community of individuals of hip and knee replacements who are seeking advice on running again.    If you find yourself getting a hip replacement or a knee replacement, and would like to become a member of the Hip Runner’s Club, we would love to have you share your story on this blog.  Click here to become a member.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

New Member

Hi everybody, I’m Chris and new here. A couple of weeks ago (three?) I went in to a local sports med Dr (He is quite good)to have to my left hip examined because of extreme pain, he diagnosed me with hip dysplasia and told me I needed THR surgery. The X-rays were all the evidence I needed, nearly all of the cartilage in my left hip is gone and the bleach white of my bones showed the obvious contact points of the femur ball contacting lower down on my pelvis toward the pubic. I am an ultra runner, I’ve been running most of my life with the usual gaps of disinterest when I would become involved in other sports like, rock climbing, mountain climbing, ice climbing etc. I returned to running in 2014 and found a life in the ultra running scene in 2016. I’ve since ran in a slough of ultra’s from 50k up to 100 miles.

Last year in October of 2019 I was running in the Javelina Jundred 100 mile trail race about 50 miles in I began having hip pain, grinding, aching debilitating hip pain. Pain was shooting down my leg to my knee. I was slowed to a speed walk and by the time I reached 80 miles I had missed the final time cutoff and dropped from the race. I took the winter off thinking I could recover with rest. It did help and when covid struck I found myself out of work and my health insurance at risk of not getting paid I decided to forgo the Dr appointment, my hip felt ok again, no rush. I ran through spring and summer and the pain gradually returned, after my longer runs over 20 miles I would have to be inactive for a couple of days afterwards until the pain subsided and run again.

This process came to a head in early September, I couldn’t handle the pain any more and stopped running. Finally I got off my butt and went and saw a Dr, and now you are all caught up. I’m going … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Hi, I have just joined HRs and this is my first post. I found your club when I was searching for long distance running after a hip op. I had my first hip resurfaced in June 2017, and my second was done in January 2020.  So many people out there who want to continue to be active after hip surgery -who knew!

I like to run triathlons, and have been since 1987. I was able to complete my first tri after my first op in November 2019, unfortunately that was the end of my other hip. Rather than wait around in pain for another 5 years, I got the right hip resurfaced straight away. I have since retired (thanks CV19!) and with all this new found time I am training for a full Ironman for June 2021. My surgeon said, sure, no problem, that’s why we did hip resurfacing rather than THR.

The problem is my hips still really really hurt when I run, and I am hoping to learn from the experiences of the people in this select club what is normal, what is not? Is it too soon? It looks like there are a lot of people who run long distances, and I would very much like to know how long  it took to get up to speed for a full marathon. I see there is even an ultra-runner who has done a 100miles on his, so I am encouraged it can be done. But how??  The only way I can manage to run at the moment is to keep it slow, really slow (7.5 min per km /12 min per mile). I have managed 12km this way. The minute I go above this pace, ouch.

I have been running since about August (my second hip seemed to take a lot longer to heal), its nearly Christmas now, and June next year suddenly doesn’t seem very far away. I wouldn’t say I’m panicking, but I have just signed up a triathlon coach in Australia (I am Australian, living/  locked-down in Malaysia), and I’m hoping that he can get … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Knee pain – THR was July 1, 2020

Hey everyone, thanks for all of the comments and input on my initial post in August.  I started doing some light and short jogs during September, always alternating with walks. I also do some biking, swimming, strength and core work. I had no issues so I increased my slow run segments. I experimented with different run/walk segments as I felt some pain mainly in the groin area during and after longer run segments. I communicated with a long time running coach who felt I was doing way too much so I backed down considerably about a month ago. I am now doing either 2 min runs alternated with 1 min walks, or 1 min runs alternated with 30 second walks and doing over 60 minutes of running every other day.  Yes it is a lot of segments but it is still very enjoyable to do some type of running. My issue recently is I recently began to feel pain and stiffness in my right knee. Not so much when I am running but afterwards, particularly if I am sitting for awhile. I have been doing some light weights with my legs (leg extensions and leg curls) to see if strengthening it will help but so far it is not improving it. Have any of you ever had pain/stiffness in the knee below your THR? If so, what did you do to relieve it? Thanks in advance for your input.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Very Post surgery

Debra here, 65 year old female athlete who just had THR surgery 9 hours ago. It”s 2:00am, I’m in the hospital and can’t sleep ! The pain is more than I thought it would be. Had an Oxi a hour ago, and one 4 hours before that  but hasn’t really helped. I have a friend , male who just had it done 5 weeks ago, same surgeon, same procedure, he felt great. Just Tylenol, no oxi. I thought I was in good shape but feel helpless! I know it’s early, but want some input!  Thanks for reading…

 

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Hang In There Hip Runners

Hey Hip Runners!

This Covid thing is so 2019.  I don’t know about you, but I am READY to move on.  Thank GOODNESS for running!  At least we have the ability to get out and do SOMETHING that feels kind of normal.  I haven’t posted in a while because I have been nursing injuries ever since I ran the Bloomsday course on the date that it was originally scheduled to be held in May.

For about a month after Bloomsday I was nursing a hammy straing.    Then I started training with the team for a 23 mile Alpine run near Leavenworth, WA.  The run was along the  Enchantments Trail, a point-to-point trail that guides you through glacier carved granite crags  along crystal blue alpine lakes in the Cascade Mountain Range of Washington State.  To train for elevation, the team spent some time on the trails of Mount Spokane,  a 5880 ft. peak that is just 45 minutes from downtown Spokane.

Favoring my hammy during these training runs, I ended up straining some tendons in my lower left calf.  Initially the strain was tolerable and I was able to get through the run through the Enchantments.  But the injury is still lingering, so I have resigned myself to just getting out regularly and running 5 miles at a very easy pace.  I know that time heals, so I am just taking it easy until the body says I can go again.  I still try to get out and train with the team, but it is obvious that I am not 100%.  In fact, one of my teammates was running behind me the other day and told me that looked like the tin man while I was running.

As far as the hip goes…..all is well.   After 8 years, I still have no issues.  I recently bought a shirt at the local Fleet Feet running store that said “Running Changes Everything”.  It’s true.  During Covid, it has helped me keep my sanity.  Even while I’m injured and have to ease up on my running, I don’t mind looking like a tin man.  … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Dave – 47 miles, 0 calories to support veteran suicide awareness, 22-a-day.

Today was a vey important day, bringing awareness to something most of us don’t know. My friend organized the 22 mile run today for this. I decided to continue the run, carrying the flag to meet the author of the book “The Eagle on My Arm” and Thunder the Eagle. This was a very personal story for Telia and he is featured with a chapter in the book. It was a pleasure and an honor to be part of a great event. I ended up running a total of 47 miles consuming zero calories, just salt caps, magnesium and Ultima Replenisher electrolytes.

Everyday, 22 veterans lose their battle to post traumatic stress on American soil. That is 1 veterans every 65 minutes. The rates for the active duty individual services per 100,000 according to the report, were 23 for the Army, 23.1 for the Marine Corps, 14.4 for the Air Force and 13.4 for the Navy.

The Veteran Administration statistics confirm 22 Veterans a day are succumbing to suicide on American soil. The total number of those losing their battle grows larger with each day research and treatments are not able to be done. The Military Suicide Awareness #22ADAY Movement is the advocacy action network and the natural next step to the mission of the Military Veteran Project. Military Suicide Awareness gives a voice to the vast network of volunteers, donors, and participants involved in the work of the Military Veteran Project. This run today was organized by my friend Telia Hann. A veteran who has used the services of an Eagle on my Arm to overcome many challenges related to his service. Thank you for organizing this event.
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Working my way back

I had a right posterior THR on June 30th. I want to share my return to trading and eventual racing with you all. All of us a different in our journeys so I do this to provoke thought and conversation.

First – where did I start. I started as a competitive swimmer at age of 10. I swam until my freshman year in college. At that point I met several runners and became interested in running. I started racing and eventually joined my college cross country team as a senior. The guys on the team introduced me to the running community in Minneapolis which at the time had some of the fastest marathon runners in the world. They dragged me along to eventually running over 135,000 miles and a 2:25 marathon best. Being 6 ft tall and weighing in at 170 lbs…I couldn’t keep up with he light weight world class runners…so in my late 40s I decided to try triathlons to see if I could be a little more successful. I started with a few in Minnesota to learn the ropes and then went to Texas for an Ironman 70.3 event. I ended up qualifying for the 70.3 world championships and raced that in 2010. I soon decided I would try to qualify for the full distance and the Ironman world championships in Kona. That’s where my hip story starts.

In February 2011 while training for Louisville IM I fell cross country skiing, twist breaking my right leg. After recovering and attempting to race again I started having trouble with my hip flexor which is critical to running off the bike….I saw doctors, PT, massage and chiropractors…..they all gave me exercises….nothing seemed to work. At the end of 2019 a long time friend asked me to run Grandmas marathon with him when he turned 70 in June 2020 (he has run every Grandmas). I told I would and the plan was to run 3:40….but I told him we would run the Atlanta half first in March. Over the winter I started to ramp my mileage from 20 to 30 … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Dave – 100 Posts, 100 Miles, 19 Hours 52 Minutes 36 Seconds. Long Haul 100

Well I guess it’s fitting that my 100th post is about my 100 mile run earlier this year in January. I previously wrote about my DNF at Ancient Oaks, pulling out in second place after 62 miles because I had fallen so many times on what for me was a difficult trail. I’m a road runner and only get to hit the trails about 5 times a year as I don’t pick my fit up high enough, it’s not the tree roots or rough sections cut up by the wild hogs, it’s the little rocks or roots that catch me out. It took me about a week to decide that I wasn’t done with 100’s and that I would enter the Long Haul 100 in just 3 weeks. Sure I wouldn’t lose my fitness in that time but would my body recover enough from this hard run and with all the eating and drinking associated with the holiday period. I guess there’s only one way to find out and I signed up.

I made one trip to the race location with my running buddy Ray to check out the course as it was slightly different from last year, and I needed a little confidence boost that it was going to be easier and I wouldn’t fall as often. It’s a 1 mile run in from the parking lot followed by 10 loops of a 3 leg layout returning to the hub after each smaller out and back. The first section starts on a hard pack dirt path and then out onto the grass, about 3.5 miles round trip and the easiest part of the course. Next is the longest leg, around 5 miles with a ¼ mile on tarmac before entering into the woods, along the Hall of Pines, out to the aid station and then back. This is the prettiest section and only contains a couple of areas where the footing is uneven due to the hogs and a small section with several hidden roots. The last section just less than 2 miles took the runners into … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Getting Nervous: Post-op Update

Hi hip brothers and sisters!  I had my two -week post-op today, everything looks good, but reading the surgical report and seeing the x-ray took my breath away.  It is still hard to believe I have those parts in my body.

Jonathon, Ken, Tom, OB, and MJR – your advice was right on the money and I can ‘t thank you enough.  The leg feeling longer than the other is bizarre!

Here’s how things went for me:

  1. Surgery was smooth, used a walker to go to the bathroom and put full weight on my hip within a few minutes of the anesthesia wearing off.
  2. The surgical clinic I used has a hotel program, so I went across the street and spent the night in the hotel.  They have nurses stay on the same floor to give meds, etc. and it was so comfortable, to the point where I of course overdid walking the first day/night.  OT and PT came the next morning to give me a few pointers and I headed home.
  3. Days 3 through 5 were the worst days.  Lots of pain, night sweats, burning sensation deep in my thigh, swelling putting pressure on my knee cap and a very helpless feeling needing my wife to put my pants on for me and lift my leg into bed.  The mental part of this I wasn’t prepared for and I know I said more than once during those days that there’s no way I would ever go through this again with my other hip.
  4. By the end of the first weekend, I felt like I turned a corner both mentally and physically.  The burning sensations deep in my thigh are starting to subside (feel almost like growing pains), and the cramping when I walk are starting to diminish.  Stopped using the pain meds on day 8.
  5. This week, I’ve been back working from home and trying to take a lot of walk breaks because sitting can get pretty uncomfortable.  I’m transitioning off crutches to a cane and my body is telling me when I’m overdoing the walking.  The nurse today
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POST THR KNEE PROBLEM!!!!???

Hi ALL, I had a right THR July ’20. That issue went well and healed as planned BUT……about 6 wks post op when I could nearly have a good gait my right knee began aching all of the time. The site is in the area (or at) the insertion of the IT Band on the tibia. Clean xrays and mri done 2 wks prior to surgery appears clean also. Surgeon is stumped. Got cortisone shot a month ago with little comfort. On meloxicam now as Dr. “thinks” it may be arthritis…which if I had/have it, did not bother me prior to my accident. As of today, 11-4-2020 I have not ran since April and do not feel like I should until this is fixed. Anyone with this in common? Thanks.

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Sprinting

Hi all,

Great site!! I’m 43 (m) due a right hip replacement a week this Saturday (Covid allowing). Posterior approach and ceramic head with cross link polyethylene cup. I’ve not really ran for about 2 yrs for obvious reasons but have biked (80-100 miles/week) so will go into the op fairly fit. I hope to get back running and would be happy to do 5km a few times a week but my question is about sprinting, I love (loved) doing boot camps but these involve lots of sprints, burpees, squat jumps etc. Nervous about these higher impact activities, as I was a fairly quick sprinter for my age so a bit worried about the forces going through the implant. I wouldn’t consider sprinting for about 6 months post op if at all really but what experience do people have? Has anyone experience of sprinting full speed or doing burpee/squat jump type activities. How did the hip feel? Would be great to hear some experiences!

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Paul – 3 years post bilateral THR – pain and noise

Hi My name is Paul, I am a 56yrs male. I had bilateral THR in first half of 2017 and was fitted with cementless polarstem (titanium) and ceramic ball. I think with ceramic insert but it may have been xlpe.

My post-op fitness has been great – running park runs (5k) and offroad 10k at a gentle pace just 1 or 2 times a week. I also have been cycling 50 miles once a week and swimming a mile or so 4 times a week.

Following lockdown the gym reopened and I got over excited added in 3 exercise classes a week which contain lots of lunges and squats. This was great for about 2-3 months and I started to get pain in my left side very similar to those prior to my THR. Deep ache in buttock and hamstring also down left side of thigh. Always worse when sitting and relieved only by activity. ( Could it be sciatica related?) There is also a regular popping from the joint similar in feel and sound to that you get when you crouch down and your knees crack/pop. It became very sore so I dropped everything except swimming and have had some lessening of pain but the cracking of the joint persists particularly when weight is on that leg and a slight rotation occurs.

My questions are : –

  1. has anyone else experienced similar problems caused by overdoing things
  2. Is the noise a sign of permanent damage
  3. can I recover from this as the pain persists after 3 weeks of swimming only

Any similar experiences and comments gratefully recieved

Keep running !!!

Paul

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How to maintain my native hip

Hello Hip Runners,

I joined because I’m interested in what you all did for your hip before THR.  I’m a multi sport athlete and enjoy running and cycling on all different surfaces.  This summer my hip started hurting , probably b/c I was doing too much of everything during lockdown. My ortho says the hip is arthritic and will eventually need THR.  So, I want to keep running and delay THR as long as possible. I’ve been able to run 1 or maybe  2 marathons per year and would love to run another 1 (or 10).

I’d like to hear what people did to limit pain and keep hip function. Yoga? Meds? Shoes ? Etc.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Noises!

Hi All! I am new to the site and excited to share from my experiences and also to learn from everyone.

I just had my right hip revised two weeks ago from MoM resurfacing to CoC THR – surgeon says it’s the worst metallosis he has ever seen.

Anyhow, recovery has been great, so far.. Just a lot of noise from the hip, clicking, popping, and almost a rubbing sensation – no pain however. Surgeon says there is a lot of fluid in the joint and it will take time for it to be absorbs and replaced with tissue.

Anyone with similar experience? I know it is early, but after (5) hip surgeries the fear factor has increased 🙂… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Getting nervous

Hi everyone, this site has been a huge inspiration to me, thank you all for taking the time to share your stories.  I’m just over 2 weeks out from total right hip.  I’ve run at least a mile every day for the past 3+ years and it has become such a part of my life that giving it up the streak has been the hardest part…that is until crutch/walker training yesterday.  Things became real and I’ve been feeling very nervous since.  Everyone keeps talking about how much better I’ll feel after surgery, even with surgery pain, but it is hard for me to wrap my head around that.  Thanks for reading and keep posting good things to help those of us about to begin our journey!  – Brian… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Worried.

Hi All

looking for a bit of advice. Had THR ( right hip ) 12 months ago exactly. A year prior to the op , I was a sub 19 min 5 k , sub 40min 10k , training approx 50 miles a week. Decided on advice to give the hip 9 months to recover and resorted to walking 10km a day to keep fit. Every so often I would jog 2 miles just to see how it felt, but to be honest it took the 9 months before I jogged the 2 miles and felt no pain. So in July I began slowly running 5 km every second/third day building to 8 kms four times a week up till two weeks ago. Then I started to get piercing pain shooting from top of my thigh down to my knee after 3 miles bringing me to a stop by the time I got to 5 mile mark. I took last week off and tried again yesterday, but it’s still there. Have I done damage or is this something I should “ run through “. All was going so well. I’m gutted to be honest. I know I will never run like I did before ( I’m 44 ), and that kills me, but I was happy losing weight and trotting around @ 9 min a mile pace. I feel like giving up.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

12 days out from THR Anterior – regarding supplemental naturopathic care

Hey folks,
Quick personal history – injured SI and iliolumbar ligaments doing deadlifts 14 yrs ago & ended up with  sacroiliac joint disorder (hypermobile pelvis). I tried 2 yrs of six different unhelpful PTs. Then one full yr w/a great PT who focused on glute strength & MET to keep me aligned consistently. Then one full year of prolotherapy/dextrose injection to ligaments to tighten them (avoiding sacral fusion surgery!), then 8 yrs of success (woohoo): backpacking, daily dog walks, distance backroads cycling, and light trail running, plus Pilates and PT work throughout each week to maintain firing, balanced muscles.

2 yrs ago I started more hill running and more miles = groin pain. One year of prolotherapy to hip & increased glute work helped. The second year my progress stopped entirely.  I had a THR on the right 12 days ago due to aging and collagen loss (I’m 49, thanks perimenopause), and excess friction from the original injury (lax ligaments), which left me with a solid CAM impingement and hip osteoarthritis.

The reason for my post: if you can, see a naturopathic physician one month before your surgery to get pre and post op supplemental input on how to support your system through surgery. I am already walking without a limp and my swelling is just about gone. I was able to stop narcotics on day 2 and cut my pain meds in half on day 7. I’m down to a few ibuprofen a day. There are very specific vitamins/minerals/herbs/homeopathies that support the immune system, tissue repair, liver (to help deal with all the anaesthesia meds and drugs), swelling (this is a big one), pain, and good digestion despite meds…not to mention good sleep and mood.

I’m shocked each morning at the dramatic step-level improvement this early post-op and super grateful my sister went to an accredited school to become a naturopathic doc.  (Don’t see a night school naturopath! The real ones go to school for 8 yrs, dead lab, licensing, all that.)

Just a suggestion since surgery is hard enough as it is. A little extra care to complement … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Slow Process

Hello again,

I thought that I would give everyone an update on my progress.

57 years old, was trail running and racing prior to surgery, 700- 900 miles per year.

THR mid June 2020.  Surgery went very well.  Began PT 3 weeks afterwards and was able to perform all requirements relatively easily.  Therapist mentioned that runners generally are able to do very well with post surgery PT due to the fact that they are in such good shape.  Around early August, approaching 8 weeks post surgery, I began to develop intense pain when taking weight off of my leg.  Pain would shoot down my quad and last for 30 seconds or so and would gradually diminish as I walked.  Went in for x-rays the end of August which showed the implant looked great.  No movement at all.  I was told by my surgeon that for whatever reason I was healing slower that what is considered “normal” and to hang in there.  He stated that if I was having this type of pain in January he would be more concerned.  I’ve gone back to work, 8 to 9 hours on concrete, which I am sure is not helping.  I do notice though that the more I walk and get warmed up, the pain is not as bad.  That being said, when I do sit down for a bit and get up, the pain returns as I put weight on the leg and take weight off of the leg.

This has been very frustrating for me, as I am so ready to be without pain and to begin some light running / hiking.  If I compare where I was 4 weeks ago to now that there has been some progress.  I’m realizing that willing the pain away or trying to ignore it and go about my day just is getting mentally draining.  No choice but to take it one day at a time and hope things continue to heal.  I am interested if anyone has had a similar experience?

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Surgery complication

I’m 56 and an avid runner. I had an anterior THR on my left side Sept. 11. During the surgery, my surgeon cracked my femur (accidentally, of course). This is a drag but not a huge deal. It basically sets me back six weeks while I let the broken leg heal. (I can’t put any weight on the leg for six weeks.) If others have experienced this, I’d love to hear what the rehab is like after those six weeks are up. I’m assuming (and hoping) I’ll make rapid progress, as most of the pain from the surgery will have healed. Thanks!

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