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)
It’s been a while since my last post (about 4 years) – here: https://www.hiprunner.com/?p=8422
I’m finally at the point where I’m scheduled within 1 month to take the plunge with a left THR, aged 35.
A brief background:
– previously a very active amateur footballer and casual runner. Aged 29 I was diagnosed with bilateral OA. Genetic/ over-use etc …
– I had a left hip arthroscopy 5.5Y ago and I did the same for my right hip last year.
– I have done Hyalauronic injections in both hips a couple of times over the years – last time about three months ago.
– I have pain most days which I try to manage with needling, massage and hard-rolling. At times I get very sharp, acute, shooting pain in the worse (imagine that’s the bone-on-bone?)
– Post op, the right is looking good on the X-ray (good spacing, no re-growth of impingements, no cists). Occasionally I get this annoying catching sensation and often muscular ache. I’m hoping that is scar tissue/ compensation for my (much worse) left hip as the Dr says the X-ray looks like I have a good few years left in the right hip.
– The latest X-rays on the left hip show visible progression over the years – irregular spacing, big spurs/ impingements, bone on bone at the corner, cists everywhere – so I’m booked in for the left THR in 3 weeks….
I came to the decision over the past 12 months to finally get the left THR. I have struggled consistently to walk longer than 10 mins – often having to stop to stretch or rest the hip. I can exercise as usual on the bike/ cross-trainer/ swimming but haven’t run properly for three years. For me that’s not good enough: I have two young sons and I want to be an active dad, I want to be able to manage my weight and health with exercise, I dream of running or playing football casually again, I want to be pain free. I want to maximize my mobility … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
Just got back from the Ortho — joint space looks good on left hip. Cartilage in front of hip is gone, back of hip is ok. Large bone spur on the outside which is causing my pain and limiting rotation. Ortho wants to try cortisone first and see if that helps. Any insights appreciated as to results?… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
A year ago I ran the Long Haul 100 finishing in 20 hours 49 minutes and after it vowed never to run another 100 miler again. Well we’ve all said that and we know how long that lasts. So this year I decided to try again and aim for a sub 20 hour finish. I decided to run the Ancient Oaks 100 on the east coast in Titusville, Florida at the end of December. I started off strong and was feeling great. I had trained hard for the last several months and the last 8 weeks had done back to back long runs each weekend, around 20 miles each run. I had selected this race rather than running the Long Haul again in January as I had a goal race in February called the Last Man Standing where I was hoping to run the 4.166 miles every hour for as long as I could, hopefully to be the last man standing. This would allow me about 8 weeks to recover for what would probably be 150+ mile race.
I thought this 100 would be good training and I planned to run 10 minutes, walk 1 minute and repeat the process and I felt like I could still finish sub-20. However when I started I decided I would run the first lap of the 3.5 loop course to get a feel of course and where the difficult parts were and then plan to walk those sections on each loop. For some reason, probably because of my competitiveness, I didn’t walk and carried on running each loop, but watching my Stryd power meter to make sure I wasn’t going over 200 watts, so my effort was consistent and my pace varied as the wind and terrain changed. I felt like I kept my nutrition going well and I was feeling good running my race, not worrying about my position.
I probably was in about 8th position after the first lap but gradually was picking off people in front of me. I’m not sure what loop I was on when I fell … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
66 slow runner Had right hip done 2018 at HSS… went well … recovered okay back to spinning quickly… Ran a bit but now when I try to run I get some groin pain… feels like the pounding is it. any thoughts on what exercises to do to to strengthen of figure out how to handle impact. TIA… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
I’m a 68 yo woman who had bilateral hip replacement(lateral approach, minimum incision, Zimmer Biomet) on 9/27/19, so am now 4 months out. Everything was going pretty well , apart from some minor bursitis over the trochanter which did not limit my walking and doing some gentle yoga. I believe it’s tied to a tight IT band + some minor scoliosis caused by the prior arthritis, which was much worse in one hip and had resulted in one leg being at least one inch shorter than the other.
Then I tried to do some specific exercises for this condition. They didn’t hurt at the time. Next day–agony. Felt like hot needles being inserted into my sides.
This happened 6 days ago, and I’m still creeping around and in pain. Am going back to PT on Friday for an evaluation, but from all I’ve read this condition is very tricky to deal with. You can imagine how depressed I feel. My goals from this surgery were not as ambitious as most–just wanted to do some slow jogging(5K max) and yoga. I’ll be returning to live in London shortly and am in no state to be dealing with stairs, let alone getting around via tube. I was in pretty good shape before the surgery–far worse now.
I have a near infrared device, but am not sure if it can be used over a prosthesis. I also have some topical NSAID cream from England(currently I’m in the US), but am not sure if that can be used either. I can’t take oral NSAIDs. So right now, I’m just using some heat and limiting movement(sigh).
I would be very grateful for feedback from anyone else who has had to deal with this condition and if anything specific helped.
Howdy Hip Brother Tom,
I post infrequently because I never think about my hip. But I remain grateful to Tom, especially, and others here who added to my decision to get my hip replaced 6 years ago. I write to encourage any fence sitters and those who are still in recovery.
I had my hip replaced by David Mayman at Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC. In our initial consult he was quite confident that I could do anything with my new hip. And he was right.
I was discharged 18 hours post surgery. Walked with my wife’s arm to the car. Cycled on my wind trainer two days later. Went to work 3 days later. Ran – slowly – after 11 weeks, only because he convinced me to wait because of the risk of developing fibrous tissue if running sooner.
Since then, bliss. I mountain bike every day. Crash occasionally. Run when I want to, although I’m so slow these days (I’m 73) that it’s depressing. But my hip is never – I said never – an issue. I climbed a small mountain with my granddaughter during the holidays and twisted, jumped 3-4 feet down small ledges and ran most of the downhill in hiking boots. The next day we skied some challenging terrain.
There is nothing, ever, that indicates that my hip is not the natural hip of a 30 year old.
I attribute this to modern materials, a good surgeon, and the use of computer-aided precision during the procedure, assuring alignment, leg length etc. Perhaps lucky genes too, I suppose.
But anyone who tells you life has to be limited is wrong. With today’s materials and skills, a hip replacement is just a blip in life. I can’t imagine how miserable I would be if I had not made this decision. I went from running and cycling 10-12 hours a week to constant pain and difficulty walking up two steps in a matter of about 2 months.
Best to everyone, and feel free to message me if you want more encouragement or some dilettante advice.
Steve Nelson… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
I was diagnosed with AVN in January 2019 with RTHR in June 2019.
as an avid runner (road and trails), I thought running was over when first diagnosed. This was the first group I found that gave me hope this was not the case.
I stayed strong prior to surgery, still running 20 miles a week right up to surgery, even with collapsed hip then started running 5 1/2 weeks after
Now 7 months I have run 2 Spartans, 2 5 Ks 1/2 marathon trail race and up to 40 miles a week I am currently training for my 1st Boston Marathon in April 2020 after qualifying in Chicago prior to AVN diagnosis
I’m 65 and have been running since 1978. I had my left hip replaced in Oct. 2019. My doctor told me that my running career was finished. Then in Dec. 2019 he recommended not to run again. I’ve done extensive research about running after surgery and am very confused. I’ve read articles that some doctor’s say it’s ok to run and others say it’s not. What’s even more confusing is reading all the success stories on here. Any thoughts? Thanks. Ken… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
I went to the local park run today. I started a few intervals and then a few jogs in the last 3 weeks, picking up a torn left calf and an ache in the lateral aspect of the knee just by the fibular head. Injuries caused by slowly improving limp on the left (most recently operated side) which still has a moderate abductors weakness. The injuries are still bothering me but I opted to keep going as long as I don’t make it worse. I managed to run the whole 5k in 29:41, without any walking breaks. Felt good the first 3k, then slowed down due to left calf pain. It’s a far cry off my pre-surgery PB of 20:50 but I feel great, the hips are fine, and it is definitely going to get faster. Now rest then a 7k race in 3 days. Whoo-hoo!… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
DAVE DOES 100….FAST!!!
For those of you who don’t track him, one of our Hip Brothers, Dave Whiteside just completed a 100 miler. That achievement in itself is an amazing feat. Even more amazing is that he completed it in under 20 hours. There are runners in the Ultra Running community (without hip replacements) who have never achieved this mark. Knowing Dave, we will hear more about it on this site, but it was something that needed to be shared! WAY TO GO DAVE!
ZERO RUNNER/HIP RUNNER MARATHON – 32 Days away
Hey everyone! Don’t forget to sign up for the Zero Runner Marathon! It’s free and its fun. Runners will have their times handicapped based on their age, and the winners will get some free swag and bragging rights as the Hiprunner of the year for 2020. On marathon day, choose your training option (Zero Runner, treadmill, outside running) and get your 26.2 miles in. You can learn more about it and sign up by going to the following link: https://www.hiprunner.com/?page_id=8923.
I had my anterior THR on Friday, and came home Saturday morning. No pain – didn’t take anything stronger than Tylenol. I feel great except for one thing – post-surgery, the leg with my new hip is about an INCH longer than my right hip! The physical therapist and nurses noticed it, too. I’m walking unassisted, but with a marked limp.
I’m freaking out! I only did the surgery so that I could return to running, and now I’m really worried. There is some mild arthritis in my other hip, so some have speculated that if I replace that one, I’ll even out. But I’m very worried.
Has anyone else had this happen?
At age 63 I am 9 days post op from a left hip anterior approach replacement , only having mild pain and stiffness all in all everything went well. I’ve been a runner for over 40 years before hip pain was able to run a 5k in the 22 to 23 minute range and have ran 22 marathons , during pre-surgery discussions the surgeon said I can start biking and elliptical workouts at 6 weeks but first to wait 4 months for running to help build up bone growth around the joint, right before surgery he changed his recommendation for resuming running to 6 months, my questions are what has anyone experienced as far as a timeline for resuming running and has running speed been affected due to the new hip.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
I’m 11 months post thr left hip anterior method. I’m 55 and was an avid marathon runner before surgery.
I did 12+ weeks physical therapy after the surgery and had returned to spin classes and finally some running. Running has been touch and go…..especially lately. 5-6 months post-surgery, I had worked up slowly to 5 miles but not sure what happened, I had to back off since that. For example, this morning I headed out for 3 miles feeling pretty good for the first half mile but, at a mile, the pain started and I had to turn around and walk home. This has been my experiences lately with running…..it either goes really well or not. I do a run/walk method too…fyi, this was my preferred running method even before the surgery. I run 2 minutes, walk 1 minute. The most amount of miles I’ve been able to run in a week now is 8…and that is 2 times a week.
I’ve had SI joint pain off/on since surgery, now sometimes pain in the thigh plus a lot of what feels like ‘surface level’ soreness when rubbing my hand up and down my thigh where the surgery scar is with a little pressure applied. Sometimes the pain will radiate down the leg. I’m back to taking a lot of anti-inflammatories because sometimes the pain is just not bearable. I feel like I’m taking more of this than before I had the surgery.
Is all this normal? When does it stop? Are there some exercises/stretching I could do that will help? I see my dr. next month for 1 year check up and as of right now, I have not been happy since the surgery. I would have thought by now I would have progressed better and stopped having so much pain. I have more pain now than before granted it’s different pain but, it is still worse to me than before the surgery.
I love this sight and reading all the success posts…..I’m just waiting for my success. Which, it doesn’t seem like it will come. Just feeling very discouraged.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
Today I have given myself the best New Year present. Right hip done in May 2019, left hip in September 2019. Both were THJR with posterior approach. I still have abductors weakness and a limp on the left, slowly improving. I am now able to reach the floor, squat, and use a rowing machine for the first time after 10 years of very limited mobility. Today (3 months after the second operation) I started alternating 1 min walk with 1 min jog, finishing a parkrun in 33:37. That’s 13 minutes slower than my pre-op PB but what a great feeling! I will build up from here. Up and onward.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
Happy New Year to all of you Hip Runners! Set your goals! Stay optimistic! Keep on running…..
Happy New Year everyone! I hope 2019 was a great year for all of you. For me, it was a year to build back some of the speed and strength I lost after my 2018 partial knee replacement. I am happy to say I am back at it with my first 50K coming up at the end of March. Training is going well and I am learning that sometimes it’s not so much about the speed of the workout, but rather about the time on your feet.
Hiprunner/Zero Runner Marathon registration is open…..it’s free!
The third annual Hiprunner/Zero Runner Marathon date has been set. This race crowns our Hippest Hip Runners for the year. The marathon is handicapped based on age and when it is over, we will crown our “Hippest” Hip runners for the year. You can sign up by clicking on the link on the side menu, or go straight to the page from this link.
Keep on training everyone. Have a safe New Year’s celebration.
Hip Brother Tom
My surgery at NYU Joint Diseases is scheduled for mid January. I’m hearing some conflicting information about post-op care. I live alone, but have friends nearby. Am uncertain as to how I’ll get into the shower (it’s in my bathtub), or put on socks and shoes, or even my jeans! What have some of you done?
There’s a gym two blocks away with an elevator so I can get to the treadmills, bicycles, and ellipticals. How soon do you think until I can start working out?
It’s been a year or so since I was able to run more than a few feet before the bone spur and bursitis pain kicked in. MRIs show very little cartilage, and recommended THR, first on the worst hip, and then on the other hip a few months later. I was so upset about the thought that I couldn’t run again, but stumbling on this site gave me hope. But why do all docs say running after THR is verboten?… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
First time posting. 59 year-old male who chucked the corporate world 5 years ago to launch a company that delivers onsite group fitness programs to Indianapolis area employers. I’ve been a runner for 35 years (7 marathons; 25+ half-marathons; a bunch of 10/5K. Been practicing yoga for 13 years – teaching it for 8 years. Actually the majority of what my company does is onsite group yoga. So needless to say, movement is a HUGE part of my world (it’s my livelihood). My goal to work with my surgeon to schedule a late February procedure – focusing on recovery for March and a bit of April. That means I have virtually no income coming in for this recovery time (I do have short-term disability coverage thankfully). Further – it’s going to be a challenge to 1) ask for help post-surgery (I live bymyself); 2) not make major movements (like yoga; stationery bike; group fitness classes) during the rehab period. Looking forward to engaging with this community for support/input/encouragement/etc. Namaste’ ya’ll.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I’m about 17 months post Right Total Hip Replacement. Ceramic on Ceramic and cement less. It took me about a year to really feel good running again. I was able to run some mostly uphill mountain races here in Alaska and coached XC running this fall and jumped into some 5K’s. My fastest this fall in trails was a 17:48, so I was really happy to be running again and getting fit. I tried not to overdo it too. I was probably running about 30 miles a week with lots of just uphill hiking. About 4-5 weeks ago I started to get some sharp pain in my mid- thigh, but would go away after a good warmup. Then eventually, it was so sharp and painful that it would stop my right in my tracks. I could barely walk and now I’m walking with a stupid limp at times.
I went and got an X-ray, which they said the implant looked good and nothing was loose, so that eased my mind but I was still walking with a limp and pain at times. I also got an MRI done. I can’t remember the exact term, but doctor said it was a precursor to a stress fracture? Not sure I believe him or not. When I look at x-rays/pics I can never tell what they are talking about. He wants me to not run for at least 2 months, which shouldn’t be a problem because I physically can’t run right now if I wanted too. It doesn’t hurt to bike or ellipticial at all. It’s only when I’m weight bearing. I am walking without a limp most of the time now, but I can definitely feel it when I take a few steps and try to run. Pretty disappointed. I hope I didn’t screw things up by running too much.
Anyone else experience this? My plan is just to bike and strength train until the new year and hopefully I can run again.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
Hello all. Well I did it. I had a Rt. THR using the anterior approach on Friday Nov 1st at 7:45AM. I was very nervous the morning of, but I was joking with my surgical team the whole time. That is my way of dealing with the anxiety, works for me. I got spinal anaesthesia with sedation and was completely out for the procedure. The soonest I remember coming out of sedation is 10AM, but who knows it was probably earlier. My doctor said that everything went well, and they were close to having to do a transfusion because of blood loss. But they didn’t have to. One of the things I was most worried about was when coming out of sedation you can still be numb from the waist down for some time. Basically you are paralyzed until it wears off. My buddy said that he was like that for an hour and a half and he was freaking out a little. Well I was happy when I woke and found that I had feeling and movement in my legs. Big relief for me.
Physical Therapy comes to see me about 12 Noon and they get me up to start walking. I go to get up and feel moderately dizzy. I’m sure this was due a combination of anaesthesia, blood loss, and the pain killers I was on. I know one of the requirements to leave the hospital is being able to make this walk so I want to complete it. I stand up and the physical therapist is telling me to stand for a minute to let the dizzyness subside. Well I just take off down the hallway. So he straps a belt on me and follows me down the hallway. I had to concentrate so hard to keep the dizzyness at bay, lol, but I made the walk. I also had to go up and down this step, and was able to do that as well. While I was up, the nurse mentioned that I also had to pee on my own before I can leave. so … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
Hey everyone, over the weekend of 11/1, 2019, I had the opportunity to go down to Los Angeles and join some of my fellow Gonzaga TFXC alumni to cheer on this year’s team at the West Coast Conference Championships. It was a lot of fun. GU’s coach Pat Tyson (he was Steve Prefontaine’s college roommate), is building a powerhouse of a program at Gonzaga.
The GU men and women did exceptionally well. The men finished 3rd behind BYU and Portland. BYU is currently ranked 2nd in the nation, and Portland is close behind at 12th. The Gonzaga men’s team finished just 12 points behind Portland. No team in the history of GUXC has been this good. The women made major improvements from last year and finished 4th overall. It is a testament to the program and how much it has grown. In the late 80’s I ran at Gonzaga. After I graduated, I coached there for 4 years. Little did I know what was in store for me on this trip to watch the championships. Everyone was in on what was about to happen……except me. 3 of my former athletes that I coached hatched a plan at last year’s WCC XC Championships in Provo Utah. I was not able to make that trip. When this year’s meet was over, the team and all of the alumni gathered around and my former athletes told the story. Mike Myette and Rob Boulds talked about how last year at this time, they had come up with a plan to create a new scholarship endowment. Mike would match every donation dollar for dollar until they had raised the minimum amount to create the scholarship ($50,000). Rob would be the vocal leader who would rally the XC Alumni throughout the year to raise the funds. Another former runner Pat Hill was in on this along with my fellow teammate Eric Thompson. Other athletes, like Robert Walgren, who weren’t from my era, played pivotal roles as well. Throughout the year, they worked and poked and prodded to raise the funds and just before this year’s championships, … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)