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)

68 days post-op: 23:45-trail 5K

What is possible is specific to your situation and determination! I had THR on Monday, December 21.  If all went well, my original goal was to be able to do a 5K in early May, based on being able to start running march 1.  Well, as of roughly 4 weeks ago I felt good enough to begin some light downhill shuffling and uphill power hiking…. all has gone well including being diligent with rehab exercises and stretching. About 10 days ago my eyes saw the possibility of a local trail 5K and my goal was simply to finish pain free. This morning I went out at a light to moderate pace and simply just kept my mind on any pain in my hip, my overall exertion, and obviously my footsteps on the trail!  Before I knew it, I was 20 minutes in and simply just kept cruising! When I discovered this blog, it was clearly evident that there was no defined path to returning to running post hip replacement; learn from others but the path is clearly individual… thank you for all of the input as I will continue to provide mine, and today it was great and exhilarating to finish my slowest 5K in 30 years – but simply to do it and know that my path to improve it is wide open 👍… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Downhill skiing

I miss my downhill skiing on a bluebird day. My grown-up kids moved to Vancouver, where they are 20-minutes from three different mountains. I am jealous.

Does anyone know anyone who downhill skis with a hip replacement?

I swear I online-chatted with someone who does. A duathlete? Maybe? I cannot seem to find the convo anywhere, so might be my imagination.

On Vancouver Island, the snow is pretty heavy. Like skiing in butter, so I assume I will need groomed-only runs? Which I am okay with, I guess.

Time to take up nordic skiing I suppose.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Week One

Well folks last Monday the 15th I had my Anterior THA surgery, it was quite the adventure to say the least. I don’t remember coming out of the anesthesia but about an hour after surgery I was awake and they had me out of the bed with a walker shuffling to the bathroom and a short walk down the hall. Most of the time all I’ve been doing is sleeping, still not eating very much but my appetite is slowly returning. I flew back to Fairbanks from Anchorage Wednesday and flying right after surgery sucks! If I knew how miserable I would have been I would have waited a couple of day longer. The pain is fading quickly, I stopped taking the Oxycodone yesterday morning and have been using only Tramadol for pain. I’m walking or doing isometrics every hour. At times I feel like I’m not getting anywhere and then all of a sudden I can do something new! I’ll be using the walker this week and move on to crutches next week, though I have been using the crutches occasionally for ease and function, but they’re not as stable as the walker. with all the snow and ice outside I’ll probably stick to the walker outside and practice more with the crutches inside. I have my first full on PT appointment this morning, yay! Moving forward!… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Hip Surgery Vlog

So I have posted here several times about my upcoming surgery but I’ll remind those that haven’t read them, that I have Anterior THA surgery on Monday the 15th using titanium/ceramic/polyethylene. I started a vlog series on my YouTube channel called “Hip Life” that follows me through the entire process from diagnosis, through the presurgery check-ups/process and will go through surgery and follow me through rehab , PT and recovery. If Brother Tom will allow me to share the link here for people who would like to watch my progress and get ideas about what their surgery experience will be and for those that have gone through the surgery themselves and care to comment or offer advice of their own for me. Thanks!

AKtrailrunner – YouTube(Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

It’s back! 2nd Annual Global Virtual One-hour Race – had my best longer run yesterday since hip replacement

Good Day eh,

Hey all you apex predators, I had my best longer run since hip replacement yesterday. I went 25K with a bunch of kms under 5-mins-per-km, for an avg of 5:19. I think I could have been around 5:10, but I am wary about my calves still. Very happy.

I have run up to 30K with a group we call TNLW for Tuesday Night Late Workout. It used to be that we would start at 9:30 PM and run 90-minutes to three hours over very hilly terrain, into the forest trails, and through back yards and over farm fences. Now, we are softer with a 6:30 PM start, but we still go to three hours-ish. Now with the social distancing protocols, we do a shotgun start. Everyone puts beer out and we leave our respective domiciles at 6:30 PM. We do a running tour around town to each other’s houses and sample the fare (quickly). So, my 30K run, has had six quick beer stops…..

Several Hip Runners ran in the Global Virtual One-hour Race last year. Well, it is back! Details at link:

2nd Annual Global Virtual One-hour Race: 39 days to the start

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1st run – well shuffle – back!

Seven weeks to the day and I will officially deem it my first “run“ back… actually more of a shuffle and cautious – and 90% on grass.  For the past four weeks have been hiking up hills and occasionally shuffling down hills.  I set three parameters before I would return to “running“: 1) no pain while hiking,2) The ability to go up stairs in an “athletic fashion“, including being able to “double step“ the stairs and 3) clearance from my orthopedic and PT…Well I have reached at least two of those milestones… Will be at the orthopedic next week for a follow up and my PT asserts “don’t do any activities that cause pain“… and that has applied to all of my rehab exercises, biking, air-dyne, hiking, etc.  For example, my PT had me build up to one-legged squats, and on my operated hip side, that exercise caused a different type of pain, my Spidey sense said no-go!  “Know thyself” has never applied more… slow, cautious shuffling on soft surfaces while causing no pain is where I am at… Will continue cautiously and progressively but feels great to at least be here!… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Soft Tissue Question

Hello fellow hipsters,

I noticed within the last week or so that the soft tissue around my incision has felt like it’s a little swollen. I don’t have any pain before, during or after. Surgery was October 2019. It’s been extremely cold in northwest Ohio the past week, and am wondering if the extreme cold is affecting the soft tissue, or if I’m just being paranoid that there’s something more going on. Any thoughts? I never run two days in a row, don’t run more than 4 miles, and very seldom on hard surfaces.

I’m 66 and call my running “the old man shuffle”. Which is 10-10:30 min/mile.

Thanks,

Ken

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The first week: steady improvement each day

Hi all you inspiring hip runners

Here’s a slightly belated post on the first week following surg.

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I am on day 6 following a THR of my left hip, and am feeling pretty good! It’s much better than I imagined 5 1/2 days ago. I just completed my longest walk so far (not quite 2km) with one crutch, and just tested walking up & down stairs and it feels almost like normal, easier than walking.

Indoors I am walking mostly without crutches, but when I feel tired I started using one.

I don’t really have pain now, but my hip has a ‘funny bone’ feel to it, and the operated leg feels longer when I walk. When I stand, though, it feels normal, so I’m hoping this is due to swelling.

Here’s how the previous 5 days went.

Day 1:

In France you must meet with the anesthesiologist a few weeks before the surgery, and to my surprise I was given the choice of general anesthesia vs radicular anesthesia + ‘sleepy gas’ – I chose the latter, to avoid the nausea.

It worked like a charm, and my head, at least, was fully alert by the time I got to the wake-up room in the early afternoon. It took my legs and especially the bladder longer to wake up!

There they hooked me up to liquid iron since my hemoglobin was low, and about an hour after surgery I was back in my room, dying for some food at last.

That evening the physio had me get up and use the crutches to walk, very gingerly, around my bed.

No dizziness, but I was surprised/alarmed at the pain. This was much worse than the permanent, dull ache that I had going into surgery! And my operated leg feels longer! Focused on tasks at hand (like getting in & out of bed) to put off panic.

I was instructed to do 10 reps of a few basic exercises every hour. I didn’t quite manage every hour, but was surprised that glute bridges were pretty painless, much better than walking.

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SarahH – how I got here

Hi hiprunners,

Greetings from Day 9 following an anterior THR (uncemented ceramic/ceramic). Thanks to all of you who have posted about your own experiences, they gave me a much better idea of what to expect during my stay in the clinic.

Before I start posting updates I thought I’d first provide some history.

My backstory

I’m 49. While I consider myself more of a cyclist, for most of the past decade running has been my unrequited love. I’ve had a lot of running injuries just training for measly sprint & olympic tri’s. It’s been rather embarrassing and extremely humbling, especially since I was a decent sprinter in my youth.

It wasn’t until my late 20s that I got over my fear of ‘distance’ (read: anything over 400m), but from then to my mid-30s I was able to run casually and do the occasional 10k and even a half marathon without much thought.

Then we moved to France, and for the first few years I all but stopped exercising. After hitting 40, I decided to lose the extra weight, then to get back in shape I joined an expat triathlon club. While I really enjoyed training regularly and taking part in tri’s, every season I’d get some sort of show-stopper injury and would end up DNS for most of my events.

The magic formula: strength + frequency

After 6 years of trying out the usual suggestions (cadence, core galore, a run coach, etc..) only to be hit with another season-ender, I suspected my problem might be that my back and hips are so darn mobile that I need extra muscle to stabilize them enough to withstand training, never mind competing!

So I changed two things starting Jan 2019.

  1. Learn how to lift ‘heavy ‘ in the gym (by end of year I got up to 65kg for deadlift & squats, slightly over my body weight)
  2. Run slower but more often to improve run economy (If curious, google ‘BarryP 3:2:1 running’)

Hallelujah! Instead of getting injured from running a measly 3x/week, I was able to run 4-6x/week and felt great. My run … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

One year on

In 2015 I ran about 30 marathons (PB 3:36) and moved into middle distance triathlons. In 2016 and 2017 I did some Ironman (PB 14:14:14 yes really) with marathons and decided to back off in 2018 and resume in 2019. In 2018 I started getting excruciating low back pain and electric shocks sensation in my right leg and started tripping and falling. On my return to endurance training in 2019 intending to do more maras and tris training was hard; Paris mara took me some 4.5 hours and I was in trouble. Long story short my last run in 2019 was the marathon element of the Outlaw tri (GB) in July (cycling element cancelled). Towards the end my right leg kept collapsing and I was limping permanently.

 

Somewhat vexingly I had the low back pain checked out again and again and the medics said I had some wear and tear (I was 51 in 2019) and gave me the impression I was over reacting. Even though socks were a problem on my right side. It was my sports therapist who in 2019 said I should have my right hip x-rayed.

Guess what – right hip toast – ball rammed and seized in socket. No. go ices to make and the RTHR was in February 2020 (just before Covid .. lucky). Now almost one year on I am getting back into shape. Swimming (when Covid possible) is good, cycling is coming on and my long run is 10 miles. My old pace is gone never to return but so what? I can still run. 11 m/m isn’t bad for a bionic hip. It never ceases to amaze me that a failed hip can be replaced and I can do so many of the things I used to do.

My surgeon did not want me to run again but, hell, I’m 52 and not finished yet. I have decided to take the risk of wearing the new joint out but look at the benefit to the rest of my body (and mind) by fitness. Also, I am thinking that once revision … (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Dave – Long Haul 100 (K not miles)

Unfortunately yesterday was meant to be, my right foot that I injured 3 weeks ago running bridge repeats reappeared at mile 21. It feels like a broken bone on the top of my foot but I was still able to push off and felt strong to mile 35, running 21 minutes ahead of last years’ time and on target for a sub 19 hour finish, having to tell myself to slow down several times. I thought about quitting at 31 at the end of the third loop as I knew I wouldn’t be able to finish but I pushed on hoping it would go away. At mile 41 my gait had been thrown off and both ankles felt bad, my right hamstring my right hamstring was tight and my right knee and glute were complaining. I wanted to quit but Luis who was crewing me wouldn’t let me and gave my foot a massage and put some icy hot on it and I went out again. It felt good for about 2 miles but I think that was because I sat down for 10 minutes. I thought about quitting again as I came back into the hub but decided to continue to get 50 miles in, some painful moments but I pushed through. At mile 51 the end of the 5th loop, I passed Jeff I told him I was done, I had ran 30 miles on an injured foot and it wasn’t getting better, Brian told me I was listing to my left pretty badly . When I got back to my cooler Luis had different plans and had my change of shoes and socks ready and some tape for my foot, David had turned up early ready to pace me for 2 loops, Cindy was also there for another so not wanting to let anyone down he taped me up and off I went again.

Luis was doing what I needed him to do, trying to get me to the end and making sure as best as we could that it wasn’t anything serious, I thank him for

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Yoga?

Hi, I’m 2 months post THR. Before the hip started to deteriorate I was very flexible at yoga. I would like to regain at least some of that flexibility (it helps my running). Does anyone else have experience with yoga post-THR? I tried a beginner floor session today but it was too uncomfortable. I ended up doing a senior chair yoga routine but it was too easy. Suggestions would be welcome.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

When is the right time for THR?

Hi All,

My name is Brent and I’ve been visiting this site for over 5 years now ever since I was first diagnosed in Aug 2015 with Stage 2 osteoarthritis in my right hip. Thanks to Brother Tom for his inspiration and foresight to create this forum. I recently turned 50 and like so many in this community I’ve chalked up my fair share of marathons and ultras. No need to be specific except to convey that I love the dirt, endorphins and sense of freedom running provides.

Here’s the scoop – I finally set a surgery date for March 23rd. Honestly, I still don’t feel 100 percent that I’m ready. I guess does anyone really feel ready to have their femur lopped off? At this point I’ve been steadily going down hill the past 4 months. I have been running 18 – 24 miles a week but literally grimacing through the pain. And yes, like everyone else the pain shifts from the hip, to the butt, to referred lower leg pain. My off days I bike or use the elliptical and that still produces some discomfort, but, nothing compared to running. Long story short – I crave the need to get my heart pumping daily. My concern is that it has grown increasingly more painful to flip over in bed at night and deal with the referred leg pain during my daily routines. Ironically, some days are just fine – others painful and full of limping.

So herein lies my conundrum. Do I hold off doing the surgery until I can’t run anymore and am down to biking, elliptical and short walks? That sounds depressing or do I be somewhat preemptive and stick to my surgical date? I fully realize it will be months before I will even consider running again until the implant has properly fused with my femur. I know I will go back to running regardless. I’m just curious to know from anyone how they knew it was the right time?

Thoughts anyone . . . .???… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

Finally making progress

This is really just a progress report. I had a THR in early May 2020. For a month post op, effectively I had no pain and really very little discomfort. When my one month post op visit occurred with my surgeon, he noted that my femoral implant had subsided about 5mm. Putting me back on basically bed rest with minimal walker maneuvering each hour, for another month. Second visit presented better x-rays and he put me on a cane for 2 weeks.  When I came off the cane, is when the discomfort began. It really was not joint pain, but muscle pain in my hip flexors and in my vastus lateralis. I used Tylenol and Ibuprofen to deal with that pain. Finally now, in January it seems as if all is improving a little every day. I am walking, cycling and working my legs in the gym. I pray that I can begin running again by the end of January.

The recovery period does come to an end. I am looking forward to running again.

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Surgery Date

This week I travelled down to Anchorage to meet with my Dr who will be performing my total hip replacement surgery and I got a date, February 15th! My official diagnosis is Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI), I have excess bone formed on the edge of my femoral head that has completely worn down the cartilage in the socket which is now bone on bone. He will be performing an anterior surgery using Ceramic/plastic as well as a pressed in knit stem in the femur. This type of stem is not cemented in place but is pressed and allows the bone to grow into the stem. We had a lengthy conversation regarding materials and considering my desire to return to running this was the best choice. Now I have a little over a month to get ready for the surgery and post surgery. One thought is how to prehab?… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)

“5K on New Years Day” walk

Hello Everyone,

I’m pretty new here. I had a THR on 10/08/20–posterior, with a cobalt and chromium ball and the Stryker Modular Dual Mobility socket. Since I am double jointed and accustomed to a range of motion far beyond normal, my surgeon thought (and I agreed) that I needed a dual mobility socket. This was my second surgery in 2 years on the same hip. I broke my hip in a bicycle accident in 2019. It was initially repaired with 3 screws. For awhile my recovery was going well, but then I had a major relapse. X-rays showed that I had developed avascular necrosis, and the only treatment was a THR.

I have been walking every day, slowly building my endurance. It has taken longer than I had hoped. I had to let go of some goals, because it was obvious that my body just wasn’t ready for them. The goal that I was able to hold onto was to be able to walk 5K by New Years. I am happy to say that on New Years Day, my partner and I went out to a local Rail Trail and we walked the 5K without difficulty! It feels like a big step on the road to recovery.

Question: Since I had posterior surgery, I have been dealing with 3 months of hip movement restrictions. My 3 months will be over in a few days. For those of you who had posterior surgery, what was it like when you were finally able to bend your hip past 90 degrees? I have a feeling that my soft tissues will be very stiff and not want to bend. Were you able to just bend, or did you have to spend weeks or months stretching out? How careful do I still need to be not to dislocate my hip? Any thoughts would be most welcome.

-Hoppie

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THR December 1 feeling strong.. Prep for running?

Hi my name is J.R.  I am 59 years old and had a THR on December 1,2020.  Prior to surgery my hip pain limited my cardio to 30 minutes on the stair climber, 10 minutes of intervals on the elliptical and 5  three minute rounds on the heavy bag (3x a week)  Up to a month before surgery my resistance training workout consisted of 6 super-sets and 3 individual stations.  Among other things,  I was doing cleans, dead lifts, leg presses step-ups all of which engaged my hips (2x a week)

My surgeon is an excellent technical surgeon who used the anterior -lateral approach.  Unfortunately , he does not support high impact activities like running.  After an agonizing and extremely painful first week I was walking unassisted on day 8 post surgery.  By day 12 I was walking  1/4 mile with ease and no pain.  I am now 29 days post surgery and I easily walked 2 miles and my cardio workout is 7 three minute rounds on the heavy bag and 20 minutes of intervals on the spin bike.

My questions are:  What should I be doing to best prepare to run again?   How long should I wait before I start incorporating  jogging a few steps into my walks?   What warning signs should I be on the look out for that may indicate I am pushing it to far?… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)