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)

Ice – Ice – Maybe?

Just wondering how often anyone with a THR on this board finds themselves icing their hip after running or other exercise?

I’m 10 months post-op and recovery has been going well. I’ve been sticking to walking (with very short jogs thrown in intermittently), biking and swimming. Here’s the deal . . . last week I was doing some power hiking up and down our local ski hill (can you guess I live in MN). Anyway, the remainder of the week my hip has been sore. Groin pain, stiffness, yada, yada . . . I’ve been icing and have a follow up appointment with my doc next week just to ensure nothing else is going on. I realize this may be par for the course after doing hill repeats but just wondering how many of you THR veterans have ongoing bouts of icing when you overdo it? And – how long do you end up icing after the fact – several days?

Thanks in advance for your input and advice.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Squeaking hip / “edge loading”

My right THR was done in Nov 2020, ceramic on ceramic, with a superior capsular approach. Per the surgeon, there are no restrictions on my activity or movements. About 9 months post-surgery there would be a loud “squeak” when I would flex my hip (knee to chest). My sports medicine doc and pt strongly suggested an in-person evaluation by the surgeon. Per the surgeon and imaging, everything is fine; however, he said the noise is due to “edge loading”, a levering of the two parts of the prosthesis and that this edge loading should be avoided. I’ve been reading about the condition, it seems to be relatively rare. I freak out every time I hear that squeak because I don’t know the long-term implications. Has anyone else experienced this? Were you able to correct it? Importantly, what was the outcome?  Thank you for any insights.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

8 months post op – slow and steady

Hi all,

Just wanted to post an update for others interested in a recovery timeline. I’m 51 and had a right THR just over 8 1/2 months ago (8/2/21). My surgeon used ceramic ball with a CrossLinked Poly (CoP) cup. Prior to this I was an ultra runner so I knew recovery would take some patience.

Week 1
Recovery went as well as expected. First week I focused on allowing the swelling to come down – lots of icing and very short walks. Didn’t need a crutch or walker after the first week. Mostly used it for piece of mind that my hip wouldn’t suddenly give way going up and down the stairs.

Weeks 2-6
I concentrated on slowly building up my walking speed. Just focusing on my stride. Thankfully, my surgeon did an outstanding job as I didn’t have any leg discrepancies. I continued to ice after walks as some days it would be fairly sore. I think around week 3 or 4 the stitches came out which felt like such a relief.

Weeks 7-11
At about week 7 I was back in the pool, on the bike and elliptical. Around week 10 or 11 my hip started to feel somewhat normal. I wasn’t as pensive about putting weight on it. Started speeding up my walks – getting in about 3-5 miles a day. Glad I did it in the beginning of the fall as it was great walking weather. Winter in Minnesota is brutal otherwise.

Weeks 12 – present
For the past 5 months I’ve focused on building up my walking speed to roughly a 13:30 min/mile. That’s if I’m alternating some slow shuffles into the mix. I make sure to alternate with swimming and biking to allow the hip to rest. I also threw in a few days of cross country skiing as well and that felt pretty good.

So my big takeaway from all of this is to be patient. Honestly, I’m trying not to run until I’m at least 10 – 12 months from the surgery. From all my research the key take away is … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

17 mos. Post-op AND now FASTER

There is hope…

to not have pain in the affected hip

to be able to run again (for me 45 days post-op)

to race again (60-days post-op)

to run a marathon (11 months post-op)

to run an ultramarathon (13 months post-op)

to better my pre-op 5k (ran 20:07 16 months post-op)

to better my pre-op 10k (ran 42:46 17 months post-op)

Now I’m not expecting lifetime PR’s at age 50… but most docs say I should not be running 😉

LIVE IN HOPE HIPSTERS!!!!!… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

My story THR recovery ( 12 month) advice

Hi all you fantastic people ( creeping over ) I’ll make this as brief and less boring as possible.

67 man manchester uk 11st 5 lb, regular runner over 50 years , not long distance essentially training  for soccer well into my 60’s .

2021 March posterior ThR left side no complications, gradual recovery mainly walking , no pain .

stepped up on exercise last 3 month ( I’m early stage Parkinson’s as we ll) to cure both aand hold back the sands of time .

After short burst running on treadmill 30 mins ( 10 / 30 sec intervals ) feel very achy , one may say painful Especially after sitting / relaxing.

Desperate looking for advice on stretching , progression and warnings.

Looking fwd to any comments advice etc.

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“Perfect, just keep doing whatever you are doing, talk to you in five years.”

Five years in and I had my fifth-year X-Ray, to see …well you know….

So, the hips are perfect. The non-surgery side is perfect and the side that had the surgery is perfect.

That’s the news I got.

So, I would like everyone to put on Helter Skelter, turn the volume up real loud and listen to Paul scream, “YAAAAAAAA ha ha ha ha ha ha….”

That’s what I was doing in the car on the way to work this morning.

[scene].… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Dave – Roll Call for Big Sur April 24 2022

Any other “Hippies” running Big Sur this year. 2 years ago I was due to run this race on my 60th birthday when covid broke out and the race was cancelled. I turned that disappointment into a challenge and ran 60 miles of bridge repeats for charity raising over $12,000 (see https://www.hiprunner.com/?p=18438). I had a great time but now excited to take on what is described as one of the Top 10 Marathons to run in the world. So anyone else running this or ran it post THR?… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Dave – Attempting to win Last Man Standing race

This is a long one but hopefully it may help you get through your lows in a race. It’s a raw account of my feelings and emotions though the race and I how I persevered to get through the pain and somehow manage to finish in 3rd place of 51 runners being the oldest runner in the event and the only one with a hip replacement.

 

“Last Man Standing” race, I went into this race with high expectations based on my training and fitness level but fell well short of my goals. It was the first race of this format where the goal isn’t to run as fast as you, it’s to run as long as you can with no known end time. I had practiced run/walk training for the last 6 weeks and 2 long training runs of this format with 10 hours during the day and an 8 hour run in the evening, running 4.167 miles every hour and then resting to the start of the next hour.

It took me a couple of laps to settle into the pace, the course was on trail which I hadn’t trained on, and was single track so it was important to get the right starting position so you weren’t behind other runners. The trail was in good condition with just a few areas where the hogs had worked it but very runnable. I finished the laps in around 46 minutes giving me plenty of time to rest between laps and take on nutrition sitting in the chair. The race started at 8am and the sun was up with very little shade and it was surprisingly hot from the beginning, reaching 80 plus degrees during the day, not the 40 or 50 degrees most of the previous weekends during training.

After only about 5 or 6 laps, less than a marathon distance, my race started falling apart, my confidence going into this race shattered and replaced with a lot of negativity, more than any other race I can remember. I questioned myself why I was running, I decided to … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Minor Swelling

Hello Everyone,

I’m 67 and had left THR in October 2019.  Surgery went fine and haven’t been experiencing any pain at all. The past 1-1/2 months I’ve had minor swelling at my new hip. No pain. I’ve run less than 50 miles this year because I tweaked my right quad during a run. And I’ve run less than 500 miles since my surgery. I’m wondering if the swelling is caused by my body compensating for my injured right quad, or maybe my body is telling it’s time to stop running. I haven’t been icing and maybe I should. I’m thinking of starting my hip exercises again. Any thoughts?

Thanks.

Ken

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Help please ….

Hi Guys
i seriously need some help and advice. I’m 27mths post op ( thr ). I can’t seem to get rid of the pain in my upper thigh ( quad ). It ruins my walking , and jogging is out of the question. It hurts when lifting leg in the stride. It has done since day one !!! I’ve built up the muscles as best I can , but am giving up hope at this stage of ever getting back to running on a regular basis ( was a 18min 5k , 39 min 10k runner pre op ). I’m two heavier and really struggling mentally !  X rays show the new hip to be perfect ( according to consultant ) and he has all but washed his hands with me !!!!!! Physio has me doing exercises with bands , but the quad even hurts when I’m lifting leg to put on my sock …… any thoughts would be appreciated. Ollie.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

My hip story

Hi fellow hippies!

My name is Kari and I live in beautiful Victoria BC Canada.  I had bilateral CoC hip resurfacing in Belgium on January 21, 2021.  Nothing like traveling across the pond in the middle of a pandemic for major hip surgery but I am so grateful that I did!  Prior to my surgery I had not run a pain free step in 6 years and hadn’t run at all in at least 3.  I used to be a mid pack ironman triathlete and marathon runner.  I qualified for Boston once but my last child was born 1 month before the race and injury after injury prevented me from trying again.  I have no intent of running any more marathons but I am enjoying slowly getting back to some 5-10km trail running.  It is also very nice to be able to swing my leg over my bike with ease!  This site is fantastic and I enjoy reading and being inspired by all your stories!… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

15 Months Post Op

Hello Everyone,

It’s now 15 months since I had my THR in October 2020, and I thought it was time to let you know how I’m doing. Here’s my 1-minute back story: I broke my hip in a bicycle accident in 2019. It was repaired with screws, and for a time it seemed to be fine. But I got avascular necrosis in less than a year and needed a hip replacement. I have a dual mobility hip, posterior, uncemented.

I went back to PT last summer, 7 months post op, because I still couldn’t run, and my operated leg was weaker than my normal leg. It was time and money well spent; I made a lot of progress. I started a run/walk program about a year after surgery. On Thanksgiving Day, I walked and ran the Manchester Road Race. I ran 11 minutes (in segments) and walked the rest. I was thrilled, because it was the first time since I broke my hip that I was able to do any running at all in race. I continue to progress slowly with the run/walk program. My PT told me that it would take longer than I ever dreamed to regain full strength, and he was right. I am content with the slow pace. My surgeon told me firmly that I’d have to stop running, so any amount of running I can do feels like a gift. I am looking at a Quarter Marathon in April. The event organizers have told me that the course will be open until the last person finishes. I don’t expect to be able to run all of it; whatever combination of running and walking I am able to do at that time will be fine.

I wish I knew why recovery is taking so long. Is it because I had 2 surgeries on the same site a year apart? Is it because of my huge 8-inch incision? Is it because this is a big surgery? Or is it just that I’m 62 and not a natural athlete? My strengths are self-discipline and tenacity, not talent. Whatever, … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Dave – Last Man Standing training

I finished 2021 with just over 2,400 miles and took the last 16 days off as my hip wasn’t feeling 100%. I’ve learned over the years that if you don’t listen to it, you will pay the price. Well after 16 days rest I came back with a 16 mile run on the trails and felt pretty good. There were a couple of races I was looking at but decided to change them. I’ve done the Long Haul 100 miler a couple of times and it was 2 weeks into the new year so decided I didn’t want to push my hip that hard too soon. Then a couple of weeks later there’s a local 50K which I fancied my chances of winning but again thought that it may be tough on my hip. So with all the wisdom in my little finger, I decided to train for the Last Man Standing.

What is the Last Man Standing, well it’s a race where every hour on the hour you run a 4.166 mile loop, and then you wait until the start of the next hour and you run the loop again. During the day the loops are usually on trail and in the evening on the road. The objective is to keep on running these loops until you are the “last man standing”. So how many miles could that be? Well it all depends on the competition, the race stops when you are the only person left, so it could be any distance. However looking at the competition in the Florida edition of the race, which takes part all over the world, there is one runner that has completed 208 miles, that’s 50 hours of running, and there are about 4 others that have run around 150 miles, 36 hours.

So the objective is different from every other race where you run as fast as you can, in this it’s better to run it as slow as you can. You just want enough time to sit down for a short while, hydrate, take care of whatever business and be ready … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Help!!!! newbie

Hello fellow Hippies!

I had a total hip replacement 3 1/2 months ago.  before that i ran everything i could from 5k’s to 50k’s (5k in 17.13 best, marathon in 2.56 best, 50k in 4.04 best).  Going from all to nothing as well as covid has been as manky as you could imagine…i feel stodgy, rubbery, tired, unfit and generally poo!  i have started back swimming, spinning and walking which has rescued the inner spark into a small glow, but i really want to start running again.  any info?  start at what distance?  start on what shoes? start for how long? start on what surface?? Start at all??…..please can you help me….44 years of age, female and going fecking mental!

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New Hips Again

Hi guys.  Tom etc….Its a long time since I even looked at this site due to my hips. Had issues since a 2007 injury wake boarding injury that left me with a crook right hip and half crook left hip. I decided to get 2015 MOM resurfacing after failure of FAI pincer type surgery which actually made my hips worse. MOM made me crook after 2 – 3 year had them out 2019-2020and the surgeon then put in Ceram on Ceram as I am in New Zealand its legal. In the states in is as I understand not legal. The ceramic on ceramic almost killed me and made me massively crook again worse than the MOM. Ok fast track now I have 40mm ball size and cup size is X linked Poly 2021 (late) and was able to do a mountain walk only 6 weeks after the recent change. So Ceramic – on X poly CPT stem uncemented which I found out is a real back bone of stems. Been around along time and can be replaced as it is not cemented in. You can only replace the ball system if you replace all other parts being stem collar and then the ball.

I had a bilateral partial revision which only replaces the Cup from Ceramic to X poly. Now you have a really good surgeon a Dr Pritchett in the USA that advocates X poly is the most development for hips in the last 40 years it takes the wear from 10 times the amount to  1/10 of what it should be. The factors to consider of wear are as I know from my experience and if you ask around are, cup angle, loading (how much you weigh) hip angles. I was running on the Ceram on Ceram and it made me massively crook as the particles of Alumina Oxide ended up in the blood stream. MOM particles do as well as they are a lot of tiny particles.

Ceramic is the same a lot of tiny particles. Poly is a small amount of small particles if you under … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

10 Years Running – Happy New Year

Happy New Year Hip Runner Nation!

It is hard to believe that it has been 10 years since I had to get my hip replaced.  I remember it like it was yesterday.  There was no doubt that I would get back to running.  The inspiration to start this Hip Runner community was just beginning to develop.  At first, I was only going to document my progress so that others would be able to see that getting back to running after having a hip replacement was very possible.  But as the months progressed, I realized 1) that I was a terrible blogger and 2) there were others with inspiring stories who needed to have a voice on this site.  Since then, the site and its membership has grown to over 1700 members.   This community of members is the engine that makes this site run and gives hope to those who are unsure about their running future going into their hip replacements.  I have to offer up a big THANK YOU to all of you for your contributions.

My year of running in 2022 was hit and miss due to a string of injuries and a new job with a startup company that has great promise.  I am currently sitting on my couch as I write this post, icing my Achilles tendon on my right foot.  My goal for 2022 was to try to run every day – even if it was just a mile.  But I injured my Achilles in the fall while coaching my grade school cross country team.   The parks around our school turned off their water fountains as part of the city’s Covid-19 protocols.   To provide hydration to the kids on the team, I decided to push a baby jogger with a 5 gallon jug of water strapped on it.  It worked out great.  But my kids are fast, and trying to keep up with them while pushing this hydration system caused me to tweak my Achilles tendon.  Since then I have tried to cross-train and stay fit while limiting my running.  Yesterday was the first try after … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Restarting running after hip surgery

On 7th September 21 I had my right hip replaced at age 64. Osteoarthritis on top of some earlier damage, usual story of declining mobility. I had only started running in 2015 and will never be a good runner, but had found it life affirming. Almost the first question to the consultant was “will I be able to run ago”. Very grateful that whilst there were various qualifications along the lines of don’t make it the first thing you do, and mix up your training so it’s not the only thing you do, he was supportive. I became the proud owner of an uncemented Smith & Nephew Polar 3 system through a posterior approach. The UK National Joint Registry categorises it as metal on plastic, but the femoral head is made of Oxinium, zirconium oxidised to a very high temperature to ceramicise the metal. My recovery from the operation was smooth and easy, leaving me feeling pretty well fully recovered at 3 months.

I had formed a view I should probably leave running for 4-6 months to give the bone plenty of time to grow into the implant. However, when everything feels great, it’s pretty hard to stop yourself. A couple of weeks or so ago, I went out dressed in running kit and running shoes. I hadn’t consciously intended to run, but have to wonder at my choice of attire. But I felt great so I tried running 10 steps on each foot. Felt great so tried 20. Then 30. Then 40. Then a minute, and so on. All was well so a few days later tried the simple run/walk of week 1 of Couch to 5k on a treadmill. All was well so repeated on trail. All was well so repeated on our tarmac and paving seafront promenade.

I intend building back slowly and carefully. It’s fantastic to be able to run, the wonders of modern hip replacements. Season’s greetings to all and happy running.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

1-year post – op

Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of my left THR.  A big, huge thank you to the hip runner blog for the best advice to be found in the universe for advice! I chose a trusted surgeon with a great reputation and a trusted, respected PT.  That said, it was the journey and applying their advice, along with hiprunner and my personal experience that has led to a great year.

I waited about 60 days to run and then only began with a shuffle.  I started feeling More capable over the next couple months and ran a few 5K’s and within 45 seconds of my previous, pre-surgery 5K pace.  To my surprise, and without adding much in the way of effort or mileage, I started to have hamstring strain issues over the next couple months, through the summer. I still am not sure exactly what caused this, likely just trying to run faster then I was ready for. So from seven months post op to present I have focused on going longer and slower.  eight months postop I ran a 21 mile trail race and 11 months postop ran a 4:04 trail marathon. I have lowered my 5K time to 20:50 and I am tackling a trail 50 K on New Year’s Day! I am happy to report I am feeling well with no hip pain, only what I would call a slight stiffness. In addition to the hamstring setbacks, I do feel still a little odd in my stride… My operated side is sort of a “Peg-leg”, I just ran a bit stiffer on that side and not as fluid.  That all said, I will take it and I’m glad I made the decision and hope to run successfully, I’ll be at a little slower, for another 40 years!… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)