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.
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)
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)
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
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!
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 : –
- has anyone else experienced similar problems caused by overdoing things
- Is the noise a sign of permanent damage
- can I recover from this as the pain persists after 3 weeks of swimming only
Any similar experiences and comments gratefully recieved
Keep running !!!
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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?
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!
Hello fellow hipsters,
I’m curious as to what kind of surfaces you run on and how many times a week.
I’m running on a soft surface at one of our metroparks and run every other day.
I’m eleven months post surgery and am experiencing no issues.
I had a bilateral THR on 7th Jan 2020, at the age of 57, so 8 1/2 months in now. Bone on bone impingement in both hips plus osteo arthritis, could still compete in veteran’s races up to 4oom last year, but **** painful by the end of the races!
Intent is to get back to competitive running (at least at some level), fully supported by my consultant. Ceramic on ceramic uncemented (which I’m assuming is the same as unglued), so was under strict instructions not to run for 3 – 4 months after the op to allow the bone to grow into the implants. I started a 2 month “couch to 5k” course (does that exist in the US?) at the beginning of May, and have gradually built up the running since. Now up to 15 – 20 mile / week, maximum distance of 6 mile. Still slow, although the sprinting capability is coming back faster than the endurance running (much to the disgust of the athletes I coach, when I can now outsprint them during track sessions!).
First race in a year on Saturday, 5k on the road up in the Olympic Park in East London. Hoping to go under 28 minutes, but we’ll have to see how it goes.
Anyone out there also had both hips done at the same time? If yes, how has your recovery gone? I still get muscle soreness after exercise, but reading the other posts on here, that is not uncommon for anything up to 12 – 18 months after THR.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
Three months after my hip resurfacing by Dr. Edwin Su at HSS in NYC. Rehab went really well. Very little pain. My PT was very impressed with how well I was doing a week after surgery. I attribute that to how fit I was going into surgery. I have been running up hill on trails and up the stands at the local high school stadium for the past month. But yesterday I ran my fist mile on the track. It went well and I hope to start increasing mileage. I am enrolled in the Antarctica Marathon in March so I hope to be ready providing it doesn’t get cancelled.… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)
Okay, so personal update:
Have had multiple calf pulls, because I am too eager once I start sniffing a sense of fitness. I have had some stretches of eight or 10 weeks of 40-65-miles (60-100K), but then inevitably I get a pull — back at ‘er now.
Loving the 30-minute out and back on the same road, at max effort, but not quite max, great low lactate threshold, high anaerobic threshold workout. It’s a Lydiard things and for more context feel free to contact me.
Okay, so I just did this massive interview with a medical oncologist/athlete with unique perspectives, colourful language and frankness on the Violence of Sugar — yup!
Hey everyone, I am very pleased with how things are going after my surgery. Historically, running had been my primary form of exercise after playing college football and other sports, and I had run for 44 years. The pain in my right hip began about 20 years ago but it did not significantly limit my running and other activity until 2018, which was my last year of racing. After my last race in October, 2018 and a series of 3 PRP injections I got into long distance walking to see if my hip would somehow recover. I never had surgery before so I wanted to put it off. I got up to 10 miles per day walking plus elliptical, biking and strength training. But the pain in my hip got much worse earlier this year so I decided it was time for the THR. The first week after surgery was really tough but by day 8 I was walking with a cane and by day 11 I walked about 1.5 miles with the cane. I religiously did the PT exercises during session and also while at home. I ditched the cane 15 days after surgery and I have steadily worked my walks up to an average of 9 miles per day and I am also doing elliptical, biking and strength training. I had my follow up x ray 2 days ago and my surgeon says all looks really good. He recommends everything but running because he discourages high impact on the joint. But with the encouragement of this group I want to work my way back to running, even if it is only recreational. What are your opinions on when I should try to run again? Any suggestions on what I should do when I try to run again? I tried some light jogging for only 30 seconds at a time while running last week but I felt pain in my groin area, so I decided to wait and try later. Thanks to all for your input, Greg… (Click Here to View Full Post and Comments)