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Re: June 20th, 2016 THR
« Reply #100 on: February 16, 2018, 02:13:44 AM »
What do you mean the hip is tight?  You mean the muscles?  Im curious as to what your routine is for stretching, mobility and exercise is, have you been consistent with it?
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Re: June 20th, 2016 THR
« Reply #101 on: February 18, 2018, 05:04:51 PM »
I stopped doing my physio quite a while ago as there was no improvement anymore & I had no oomph.  I know, I need to keep doing it well... pretty much forever as every doctor has told me (yeah, not only my surgeon but my GP & a neurosurgeon!).

Every chance I get, I sit astride & try to do stretching exercises but no improvements for almost a year.

My husband is helping me set up the equipment in the basement (we had a couple of floods, so the place is in shambles) so I can start exercising again.

When I first sit, it's painful as the hip area is so tight.  After 10 min, the muscles & everything starts to warm up & relax so by the 15-20 min mark, the pain goes away but the flexibility is still nil.  I'm pretty sure as my core improves, everything else should as well like it used to.  Harder to achieve as your body gets older & I also have very weak pelvic floor muscles as well ;)  I cannot sit in any western saddle (no matter the size & shape) & can in narrow english saddles but not dressage saddles because of the leg position.

My ROM is better than pre surgery (I had no ROM) but nowhere near the same as the other hip that has moderate OA.

I'll get there eventually.  :)  Hey at least this time around, I have equal strength in both legs & am no longer just a passenger on my horse.  ;)


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Re: June 20th, 2016 THR
« Reply #102 on: February 19, 2018, 03:38:06 PM »
After 2.5 hours of procrastinating (yes, I was still in bed refusing to get out of it), I finally did my physio.  My THR side was so sore throughout.  OA side was fine.

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Re: June 20th, 2016 THR
« Reply #103 on: February 24, 2018, 11:18:50 AM »
Maybe you could find someone for mounted physical therapy.  Someone on the ground to help control while you concentrate on following the horse's back motion as it gently stretches things out.  Have to have the right horse, saddle, instructor etc


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Re: June 20th, 2016 THR
« Reply #104 on: February 28, 2018, 03:51:20 PM »
Thanks for your suggestion.

I am a retired therapeutic riding instructor  ;)


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Re: June 20th, 2016 THR
« Reply #105 on: April 16, 2018, 10:29:11 PM »
Interesting how things develop.

At the beginning of April, my other hip (right) was really hurting.  My neck was still sore as well, giving me a searing right side headache.  I enrolled in 3 complimentary yoga/mobility classes geared specifically for hip/core area issues in athletes & athletic people with hip issues etc...  I'd hobble in with my cane & leave the class not needing my cane.  Only to start all over the next day.

I made a phone call to my surgeon, asking if we can discuss my hip & pain at my 2nd year post op appointment next month.   And because the headache was unbearable, I made an appointment to a local chiropractor to see if she could do something as I could not move my head at all to the right. 

It was the first time I was seeing her professionally as a patient but we had known each other for over 15 years as she was a client of mine & my husband's.

And I wish we would have been 15 years ago...  so 10 days ago, she was looking at me for the first time from a doctor's POV and from the second I walked in, she started picking up on things.  She started asking questions.  I was completely blindsided as I went in for my neck & a splitting headache... she wanted to know more about my hips & my SI joints (which I was asking every single doctor, PT, surgeon etc from day one about & who told me to disregard what I was concerned about).  What started the whole ball rolling when I was 14 & that every single specialist could not figure out.  She did.  She put all the pieces together, asked my permission to work on me after being aghast by what she was witnessing.

To me, it had become my normal for 40+ years.  So... in her opinion, it's not a mild hip dysplasia that was overlooked that caused where I am today.  Everyone, including herself asked "Did you have a significant trauma/fall as a child?"  And we couldn't remember anything specific.  Well nothing that brought me to the hospital.  But I did have several falls, I was constantly falling.  When walking, running, playing, down stairs, head first, butt first.  It was "normal" for me.  Plus a family member was abusive.  Add the horses, I've been dragged (foot caught in a stirrup & dragged down an old stone road), reared & flipped onto, bucked off...  So, no I've never broken anything but, I bet my body sustained enough trauma to shift things around that didn't get put back where they should have... like my SI joints. 

That, over the years, plus add the fact that I was active, did ballet & physio to stay flexible & have core strength, yet, my back would go out with a sneeze!  No wonder they never could pinpoint what was wrong.  So the wear & tear of the years, then came on the OA.. no wonder I ended up with a new hip at such a young age.

My right SI joint was off by almost 3".  After she made the first adjustment, she asked me to walk & for the first time, I walked like a normal person.  It was overwhelming.

I am on week 2 of seeing her 3X per week now & she is teaching me how to walk normally.  It's a lot harder than I thought it was going to be.  My body wants to waddle like a stiff, peg legged cowboy pirate.  Every day I slowly feel different things going on as the correct parts awaken, the "on" parts slowly release, nerve pathways, blood flows etc.  Today, I resumed my physio & for the first time, I did not have lower back & sacral pain.   Everything was easier, the muscles engaged better & evenly.

I joined a local gym that offered the complimentary classes for my situation & the instructor will work with me to help me improve the mobility & strength in my hips & core.

Over the weekend when at work, I sat in the western saddle I was hoping I could purchase at some point (but my new hip was so stiff & sore sitting in it).  And it was much more comfortable to sit in.  So there's hope. ;)


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Re: June 20th, 2016 THR
« Reply #106 on: April 17, 2018, 04:28:38 PM »
That sounds great! I am happy for you.


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Re: June 20th, 2016 THR
« Reply #107 on: June 25, 2018, 03:22:48 AM »
A few days ago was my 2nd year post THR anniversary.

A few weeks before this, I met with a fellow filling in for my surgeon.  The THR hip looks amazing on x-ray, the doctor was very happy.  I have a lot more ROM but still not 100%.  There is still a lot of pain around the capsule & abductors not firing well but I'm still thrilled about my new hip.  I'm improving slowly.  :)

My other hip's OA is slowly progressing.  50% of the time, I'm using my cane & eating extra-strength ibuprofen & Tylenol 3.  I'm also still seeing a chiropractor 1 - 2 X a week as well as going to yoga mobility classes 2X a week.  These really help I find & everyone involved (surgeon, chiro, GP & trainer) are so supportive & in agreement of what I'm doing to help with my hips.

The fellow asked me what I wanted to do with my natural hip: surgery, medication or cortisone injection?  I decided to try the cortisone shot.  So end of July is the date set.  I booked the day of off & the next day off from work also so I can go at my own pace.

I'm still not doing activities every day, that's my own fault really, I'm just so tired.  But having said that, on the day of the anniversary, I "played" with my old mare; pain free.  When I sat in the saddle, (last time was in Feb) I wasn't tight in the THR hip, nor was it painful.  It was amazing!  Mind you, she is still green broke (yep, even though she's 24 yrs old), this was ride #6 or so & she made me work my buns off!  10 minutes of using my glutes to get her going & keep her going.  My THR hip felt even better after the 10 minute ride.  I was so pumped by this.  :D
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