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Hip resurfacing and relief of back pain
« on: July 18, 2011, 12:55:54 PM »
Well I am 4 weeks post-op and doing well, so I thought it was time to post an update. I had my BHR done, not because of constant intense pain, but because moderate night time pain was starting to interrupt my sleep. However, in addition to the night time discomfort, I have suffered from lower back pain for the last 25 years.  The back thing was a problem standing or walking after 15-30 minutes.  No other time was it an issue.  I could bike or do any other non-full weight bearing activities without pain.   I have spent the last 25 years having to briefly sit down every 15 minutes.  The nature of the pain suggested to my layman's brain that maybe it was referred pain from the hip, but I could get no doctor that would say definitively whether or not I was correct in my thinking.  Nevertheless I proceeded onward with the resurfacing with the unspoken hope that something good would come of it.

This weekend my wife and I were strolling through town for a couple of hours and I suddenly realized that I was experiencing something wonderful. For the first time in decades I was walking pain free. I did not need to sit down on every bench I passed. I had forgotten what normal was supposed to feel like.

Has anyone else had similar experiences with hip resurfacing relieving their chronic back pain?  I am interested in hearing other's experiences.

Larry. RBHR 6/20/11 Dr. Joshua Hickman, Bountiful, UT


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Re: Hip resurfacing and relief of back pain
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2011, 02:07:00 PM »
Yes. I had a lot of soreness in my back before the resurfacings and now that is not there. I had general tightness and muscle spasms. All gone, except for tightness in my calves. I am working on that, but it is minor compared to the issues before.
Hernan, LHR 8/24/2010, RHR 11/29/2010 - Cormet, Dr. Snyder


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Re: Hip resurfacing and relief of back pain
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2011, 02:55:20 PM »
glad to hear you had such a good, pain free day.

i am scheduled for a BHR in september and, today, in addition to hip discomfort, i do have intermittent low back pain and knee pain that could be "referred pain" ... only time will tell (i hope it is but i am taking one surgery at a time). my doctor says that regardless of it being "referred pain" or not, correcting the hips would come before either the knee/back.
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Right BHR Della Valle, April 4, 2012


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« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2011, 03:06:45 PM »
I have to say your story sounds just like mine!  When I went to the 1st ortho, they diagnosed my hip and told me about my back being at a (2) for slippage.  I did notice that the limping was making everything worse and that was when I signed up for surgery.  I am now at 9 weeks and able to do so much, but not everything.  I have to get my body strong again.  I do have to say that I went for a 3 mile walk in the mountains to the local fish hatchery, which was a goal of mine!  Milestones happen every week with this surgery.
Glad to hear that you are recovering well.
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Re: Hip resurfacing and relief of back pain
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2011, 04:00:35 PM »
It may not be "referred pain", but real back pain. 

I was walking around with a noticeable forward bend to my gait from the OA, and had pretty bad back pain on long walks.  My back is almost completely pain free now a few months after surgery (even though 5 years ago I was diagnosed with "severe degenerative disc disease").  I'm convinced, and my PT agrees, that the back muscles were strained by my bad posture.  When you get things lined up correctly everything works better.
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RBHR 3/11/11


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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2011, 06:34:21 PM »
I'm with the majority here, particularly FlbrkMike and lori.36. Diagnosed with a couple of degenerative discs and ortho at time attributed hip pain to back issues. I pursued course of treatment that included PT, NSAIDs, and 3 lumbar injections. After moving to Denver, the diagnosis centered on the hip and following resurfacing most of my back issues have resolved. Like FlbrkMike, I had developed a severely bent forward posture/gait and as I've gone through post-surgery therapy and increased activity, most of the pain is gone, though I still feel it after a strenuous day of yard work (like yesterday)!


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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2011, 07:28:15 PM »
Although I don't have much back pain I do get very tight muscles in my lower back.  My close friends say that I "stick out my butt" when I walk.  I am sure this is from compensating for the OA.  I also ride tilted to the right on my bike to open up left hip because of poor range of motion.

I will know in a couple of weeks whether this is all fixed.  Two weeks from day at this time I will be in recovery.

LBHR, Dr. Pritchett, 8/1/2011


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« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2011, 09:42:38 PM »
Yeah, after 15 years + of persistent back pain, mine went immediately after HR eighteen months ago and luckily has not returned. Hopefully, yours will be the same.
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Re: Hip resurfacing and relief of back pain
« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2011, 10:53:59 PM »
I fractured a vertebra 18 years ago and had a lower back fusion (L4, L5 & S1) which at the time and for 15 more years sorted the problem.

Then 3-4 years ago I started having severe pain in my left lower back/buttock.

I, and most ortho's I saw, were convinced it was my back, even seemingly confirmed by MRI.
However I was not so sure, I had noticed my gait had dramatically deteriorated (the "bent forward" style) so went to see a sports specialist physio.

He video'd my movement and immediately suggested a problem surrounding my left hip/glute/hamstring area.
He suggested I insist on a thorough investigation of the left hip capsule.

Bingo, at that time virtually bone-on-bone.

BHR 5.5 months ago after 2years of battling with various surgeons to get anything other than a THR and my "back problems" are (touch wood) now cured :-)

My gait has returned to a much healthier stance and night pain, pain on exercise, in fact almost ALL pain in the area has gone.

So, like Mike, Lori and bdoughty, a fairly familiar story!
Good luck with the recovery...it only gets better trust me!
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Re: Hip resurfacing and relief of back pain
« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2011, 12:17:04 AM »
I'm 9 days post op.  Before my surgery, I had lots of pain in my lower back and was bent out of the shape....I'm 6'1" and my wife is 5'8".....we were same hight before my surgery.  Now after surgery I stand nice and straight.  We go for walk every night and I don't feel back pain any more.
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Re: Hip resurfacing and relief of back pain
« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2011, 02:18:31 AM »
Great to read this thread.

I'm a newbie here.  I'm the process of sending my x-rays to doctors up and down the east coast.  I have femoral-acetabular impingement and loss of cartilage in the left hip.  I'm 49, a runner and a (formerly) avid dancer (Lindy-Hop and blues).

I was about to say I'm not in dire pain (though as soon as I say that I wince, as I am starting to wince when I walk ... I know things are getting bad when I'm looking at a one-block walk and I'm thinking, "Do I have to?"

Anyway, in the past two months, as the hip pain has increased, my lower back pain has really increased as well. I go to a chiropractor and usually an adjustment keeps me straight for a couple of weeks. Now I go get adjusted and the pain is back a day later.

So I'm hoping that if I get resurfaced, my back pain will relent as well.

Thanks for the responses here.


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Re: Hip resurfacing and relief of back pain
« Reply #11 on: July 21, 2011, 02:24:23 PM »
Hello all and I am now 15 days away from my surgery and I am hoping that it also corrects some of these issues for me.  When I am coaching I literally have to kneel down as the pain in my lower back gets worse than the pain in the hip.  However what I have been noticing the last couple of weeks is a pain in my shoulders and tightness through the entire back.  Going to bed is the absolute worst time for me and I am compensating all over the place trying to get comfortable.  Ending up on my sides where I have never slept in my life has really aggravated my shoulders.  Has anyone else experienced this as well?  I figure walking around crooked for years is catching up to me.


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Re: Hip resurfacing and relief of back pain
« Reply #12 on: July 21, 2011, 03:01:12 PM »
Futbalfan, I am not called lopsided for nothing. In fact, after my resurfacing I am not really lopsided any more. I do not have any of that nasty discomfort from being stiff and contorted all the time. So, in this respect, resurfacing helped me enormously, and probably will you.

However, I still get back pain sometimes, and am aware that I still have arthritis in my spine.

Resurfacing will redress your posture, give you back incredible range of movement, but it may not cure everything.

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Re: Hip resurfacing and relief of back pain
« Reply #13 on: July 21, 2011, 03:09:46 PM »
Futbalfan, I think it will help at least some. The overall stiffness and pain in areas other than the hips really got to me. I went to Physical therapy, since my GP was not sure it was not a muscular issue. We investigated everything: neuropathy, lyme disease, nerve problems, spinal injuries,etc. Some of the testing was pretty painful, I had electricity sourced from small spikes in my arms to test neural response, etc.

I also had massage therapy pretty much every week, thinking that might help, but the moment the massage therapist finished with my shoulders, they tightened up immediately. Sleeping was really difficult because my muscles were so tight and the inherent pain from the hips.

It was kind of a relief when I went to the surgeon and was told that my hips were shot. I could then tie it all together, and have a hope that at least some of the issues would lessen. I can say that all of those are gone. I'm no doctor and can't say anything about yours, but at least some of the problems have to come from all of the compensating we've all done.

Good luck, and I think you'll be happy with the results.
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Hernan, LHR 8/24/2010, RHR 11/29/2010 - Cormet, Dr. Snyder


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