After having my left hip resurfaced in July 2007, for my recovery I focused on PT exercises, water walking and exercises, and swimming. I also gradually increased my regular walking. I went from two crutches to one crutch, to a cane, to nothing, then to one trekking pole for trails with steep inclines and loose rocks. I was reluctant to use two trekking poles, because I really didn’t know how to use them, and they reminded me too much of using crutches.
However, my brother told me how much he enjoys hiking with trekking poles, especially on steep terrain and when crossing streams. Trekking poles are like having four-wheel drive, and all the serious hikers use them. They enhance stability, improve your posture, spread the … Read the rest