Hip wearing out

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      My left hip was replaced bilaterally 11 years ago.  I was told I couldn’t run again because my hip would wear out and have to be replaced again  
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    • #20330

      How old are you?

      I had my right hip replaced two years ago. I was 64. My surgeon told me the new hip was good for at least 30 years, so he was ok with me running on it as long as I wasn’t training for marathons. I figure 64 + 30….I would be ok with slowing down at 94. I have since run 2500 miles and biked 10000 miles.

      At the time of surgery they told me that they saw on the X-ray that my left hip would need to be replaced in two to four years. I didn’t believe them until I noticed I was dragging my left foot allot this summer….no pain in the hip but my mobility is restricted. Another X-ray showed the restricted mobility was due to bone on bone at the front of the hip. I decided to have it done now while in good shape. My surgeon told me I would be back running in April.

      I am not sure why they say you can’t run on it….many are and if you have arthritis in the other hip is it time to replace it…..again each person is different and age seems to play a big part in the process.

    • #20348

      When I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my left hip my Physio advised me to stay as active as possible but to stop running. I said I would like to try running but shorter distances and slower. She said that she’d never known any of her clients to carry on running successfully without the hip deteriorating further but go ahead and see how I get on. I tried a couple of 3ks, a couple of 5ks and a couple of 10ks, all much slower than my normal pace over the space of about a month. It became fairly obvious that it wasn’t the best way way for me to stay active and that I was making things worse so I stopped the running pre surgery. I carried on staying very active up until surgery by lots of walking, cycling and golf which made it much easier to manage. Maintaining activity is going to help maintain the strength in your leg which is vital to a good recovery but it’s not going to improve the wear and tear in the actual hip joint. I’m not an expert but that’s how my Physio explained it to me and how I found out by trial and error. There was a marked increase in the bone on bone contact from the Aug 2021 X-ray diagnosis to the Aug 2022 Pre Op X-ray.
      Best wishes – Ian.

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