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Offline awbikes

hip pain
« on: September 29, 2011, 08:53:16 pm »
I have just been diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my right hip. I ride about 100 miles a week and just started doing week long trips riding 50 to 60 mile a day. Will the riding help or cause the problem to get worse. Doctor says I will eventually need a hip replacement. Will I be able to ride again after the replacement. Would like to increase rides to 2 to 3 weeks in the near future. If anyone has experience with this please advise.


  • Guest
Re: hip pain
« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2011, 09:42:59 pm »
I can offer some experience with part of this. My neighbor rides up to 15 miles at a time with two artificial hips. Mounting and dismounting are awkward, but he manages. He is 82 and never rode much more than this, so your future looks good.


Offline forrest

Re: hip pain
« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2011, 10:01:58 pm »
you will be able to ride again just fine.  My brother had a hip replace and he is back up riding 3-4 times a week doing 40-50 miles a day, and he just turned 65...

Offline Tandem4Rider

Re: hip pain
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2011, 07:09:54 am »
A co-worker had a hip replacement - the doctor suggested cycling for exercise.


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Re: hip pain
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2011, 10:14:20 am »
I have a friend in her 60s who had her hip replaced maybe 4 years ago. She does a lot of riding, including hilly rides.

Offline tsteven4

Re: hip pain
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2011, 07:46:06 pm »
My wife had two total hip replacements this year.

In her case riding was nearly pain free before the surgery, but she had difficulty mounting and dismounting.  The pain was such that we hadn't been able to hike for a few years before the surgery.  She would have sudden pains that would cause her to scream when rolling over in bed.  It was difficult for her to get in and out of the shower, carry heavy items, or walk up and down stairs.  The weight of a normal pair of shoes would cause her hip pain when walking.

Before the first surgery the surgeon said he would allow her to ride without restrictions 3 months after surgery, but she would not be able to do our usual 50-60 mile training rides that include 5000-6000ft of climbing until 6 months after surgery.  The reason for the extra 3 months was because it was anticipated that she would not be strong enough.

After the first surgery the surgeon allowed her back on the bike for limited riding about 1 month after surgery.  She was not allowed to ride with cleats.  At 3 months and 3 days we did one of our previously described rides.

The second surgery was 3 months and 1 week after the first.

After the second surgery the surgeon allowed her back on bike after 3 and a half weeks.  At 2 months and 2 days we did one of our previously described rides, and have continued to do one every week thereafter.

I think her experience is on the extremely good side, perhaps 1 in 1000 cases or better.  She was in the hospital two nights for the first surgery, and one for the second.  The nurse stated she had NEVER seen a THR go home in one night.   My wife would advise you to get in the best shape possible before surgery.  Her hips were pain free immediately after surgery.  Her recovery involved getting the muscles nearby to feel and function normally again.  PT was invaluable.  She still is working through muscle stiffness.

« Last Edit: September 30, 2011, 08:02:12 pm by tsteven4 »

Offline awbikes

Re: hip pain
« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2011, 08:43:46 am »
Thanks everyone for the info and encouragement. As my wife and I will be retiring in three months you can imagine what a bummer this is. Your information will help me look at it as just another of life's challenges. Thanks again.

Offline yumadons

Re: hip pain
« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2011, 11:16:23 pm »
Get the new hip if they'll give it to you, ObamaCare is coming :-o   My 60 year old husband got one 6/09 and the doc let him ride again after the one month recheck. The only thing he wasn't allowed to do for 3 months was a full golf swing. We were quickly riding 25 miles again. We're not even hard core bikers, just do it for exercise and to get in shape for our TransAm ride this summer.

He got 2 new knees 6/10 on the same day and for that they put him on a stationary exercise bike after 3 weeks. He was only in the hospital for 3 days after the hip and 3 days after the knees. He did all his hip rehab at home and for the knees he went 3 times a week for 3 weeks to physical therapy along with his home exercises. The new hip technique is way better than back in the old days. They don't even cut any muscles, they just spread them. And if it ever needs replacement, a replacable "liner" just snaps out and they glue in a new one. We highly recommend Dr. Ezzet at Scripps in San Diego if you're anywhere near.

We just got home from the first half of our TransAm ride :-)

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