New here – Hip adventures since May 2014

May 2014 – It was a normal morning, alarm went off swung my legs out of bed, stand up on my left leg and BAM, pain in my hip and it gave way. So, I think, what the #$$%$? Walk slowly through the rest of my morning because I have to get to work. Skip through some of this, I put up with this pain (felt like hot coal just sitting there in the inner groin) and giving way for about a week before I see a doc. Long story short, I had a labral tear and physical therapy only helped so much (the hot coal never went away, calmed down some but was always there). So had arthroscopic surgery in Oct 2014 to repair the tear…except when the surgeon gets in there what he finds is a mess. The labrum is actually shredded so no repair there just debridement with microfracture and femoralplasty.  Surgeon actually told me the tear was years old and not “fresh”.  Anyway, surgery seemed to have went well, started PT in Dec and was feeling good, still had the hot coal sensation but my range of motion was great and I was making progress. In Jan 2015 the hip started with a snapping sound (ligaments I was told) and grinding so they started with dry needle-ling because along with the snapping my muscles were super tight. Late Jan 2015 the hot coal finally burned out, I actually felt it lessening and die out as I was standing waiting for my PT appt. But then the hip started clicking, like percussive clicking. More PT to address that but never made progress and actually loss range of motion and then the muscles revolted. Went back to see the surgeon and found out that my joint spaced had collapsed. Had an injection in April which seems to have helped the hip pain but my muscle pain is horrible. I’ve had massage and stretching session to help but it only lasts a day or so…so now I wait for my THR in August. Surgeon said he can’t guarantee the muscle pain will go away, he seems a bit baffled by it. So I take muscle relaxer and get it massaged a couple times a week.  Looking forward to hopefully being done with the pain and limitations. I’m not a huge runner but I liked jogging 2-3 miles a couple times a week and doing zumba. I’m planning on a CP implant with the anterior approach.

4 months post THR and gave the hip a real workout!

Hi all!  So last week was my 4 month mark for my THR.  I’ve been doing a lot of walking/cycling/exercising but wanted to really take it for a test spin.   Earlier this week I was up in Oregon with my sister and we decided to do some hiking along the PCT near Mt. Hood.  We hiked about 2 1/2 hours through some pretty tough up and down inclines and varied terrain.  Happy to report hip made it with flying colors — Even after already spending 3 days prior heavily walking around Seattle and working at the Rock N Roll marathon with one of the charities involved.

Super tempted to try running now but I have a big international trip coming up in about 6 weeks and don’t want to risk not being able to walk everywhere, so will hold off on trying to get back into running until after I’m back in San Diego.

For the new Hip Runners out there — it does get better!!!!


Bloomsday Mail


It is “pat-on-the-back day” today so indulge me for a moment.  I received this little item in the mail over the weekend.  10th in my age group in Bloomsday 2015……on a bad knee.  That’s not so bad. Right?  It is funny…I am looking at my collection of these medals.  Prior to 2011, I hadn’t ever been in the running for an age group medal.  Not even when I was racing collegiately.  Then in 2010 I joined the SDP (Spokane Distance Project) and other than my hip replacement year (2012) I have achieved GREATNESS each year.  Greatness of course is a relative thing, but honestly, I couldn’t be more pleased.  I knew I’d get back to running, but running at this level?  I wasn’t so sure.  It is true, perseverance does pay off. Staying in shape, staying optimistic and outlasting others has its positives.  This is one of them.


So the plan on the knee is as follows:  First….I MUST play in Hoopfest.  Hoopfest is the world’s largest 3 on 3 basketball tournament that has been going on in Spokane since 1990.  I have never missed it.  Not even during the year of my hip replacement.  Hoopfest takes place at the end of June.  Then on July 16th  I get my right knee scoped.

Hopefully, the recovery time won’t take too long because in October I will be running the Spokane Half Marathon with fellow long time Hip Runner Dave Whiteside.  One of my goals for this year was to plan a race for Hip Runner where we could all meet and enjoy a good run.  Dave has taken me up on this one.  Are there any other takers?  There is still time….Otherwise, please consider the 40th running of Bloomsday in 2016.  It would be awesome to have a large Hiprunner presence at this awesome event.

Hip Runner is growing.  As of right now, we are 3 people away from having 300 members.  So come on people!  Get-Those-Hips-Replaced!  🙂



Alice- new to the site

Alice- I was 32 when I had my first hip replaced and 38 when I had my other hip replaced. It changed my life completely. I have been able to be as active as I want to be. I play volleyball, strength train, Dance class, yoga, cross fit and kickboxing without any pain and only minimal flexibility issues. I enjoy running but I try to limit my runs to once a week only 4-5 miles at a time and have not participated in any marathons out of concern that it may cause too much wear and tear on my hips, but I really love running most of all. There is nothing like that runners high and there is no swimmers high or bikers high last I checked. I’m coming on 10 years since my 1st hip was replaced.  I was wondering if anyone out there has underwent a revision yet or had their cup replaced due to excessive wear and tear from running?

New hip feels great

Hi all

Joe here

At 48 I started getting hip pain after running, I was getting physio for a groin strain, after 10 sessions of physio I decided to get a 2nd opinion, after 1 session with a new physio he advised me to go for an MRI, the results of MRI was OA in both hips, I was devastated, I decided to go to a top consultant here in Ireland (Prof Kevin Mulhall) Who told me I needed a left hip replacement but also was worried about my age, I thought about for 10 months and decided to go on waiting list in Oct 2014. I finally got my op date 26th May 15, I’m now 2 weeks over op. New hip felt great as soon as it touched the ground on the 2nd day. My physio started on day 3 the day I was let go home. I’m 2 weeks now doing physio 3 times daily plus my lunchtime walk which I increase daily. I had my staples removed today. All going well Joe 🙂

THR details for runners


I had a THR on my right hip at age 61 in Jan 2015, at the Miriam hospital in RI. The procedure was the direct anterior approach, and the implant was a dePuy Tri-lock ( monoblock) with ceramic ball and plastic liner in the acetabular socket. I had originally asked for the Omni Arc (modular)  neck- conserving implant with ceramic on ceramic bearing surfaces, but  modular implants are now facing issues related to fretting –corrosion and the surgeon would not use  a ceramic –ceramic bearing pair on anyone older than 35 yrs old.  I used to run long distance until age 58, when the arthritic pain become unbearable when running.

I was walking without a cane after 1 week and returned to work ( desk job) at that time, with no formal PT. I was off the 2-aspirin a day ( for avoidance of blood clots) after 1 month, and only needed the oxycontin pain meds for the first 3 days following surgery.
Bicycling , walking and use of the elliptical at the gym are my current leg exercises, and I can also jog on the treadmill. I will likely begin jogging on dirt roadways (“ barefoot” ?) next year, but such jogging will supposedly accelerate the fatigue wear of the plastic acetabular liner. Looking back, the better choice for future running would have been a monoblock short stem ( neck conserving) implant with ceramic on ceramic bearings , and I should not have had the operation at a teaching hospital . Oh well. Maybe after the next reincarnation.
Regarding running after a THR, my understanding of the factors that can minimize the damage to the bone and the liner are:
-“barefoot” running on dirt tracks has lower shock loading than using cushioned running shoes on pavement
-the neck conserving implants provide better load distribution to the femur
-plastic acetabular liners have a long erosive wear life but are limited in their fatigue life, and fatigue life is exponentially reduced if you are overweight or impose shock loads , as with jogging. The current use of vitamin E within the plastic liner helps minimize the body’s immune response to the plastic particles that are ejected from the fatigue wear, but you will still need to replace the liner after 10-15 yrs if you are a jogger.

Prior to surgery, what kind of helpful prep tips can anyone share?

Hello everyone,

I am scheduled to have surgery at the end of the summer. There are lots of things I have to get in order to make my home safe and well THR post as possible. As I was reading through posts, one person mentioned to have all prescriptions filled even before surgery. That made me think, what other helpful hints can be shared from those who are post- surgery for someone who is pre-surgery. Thank you to everyone

UpDate – 17 Weeks Post Surgery

Here is a little update with my progress since surgery.

I got the chance to ride in my favorite charity bike ride 3 weeks ago. It is the Ride for Missing And Exploited Children here in Rochester. It brings awareness to kids and adults concerning the dangers out there to children in this modern world. It is a century ride and this was my 10th year participating. When I mentioned to a few people, especially my PT, that I was planning on riding this century ride, I got many raised eyebrows and questions whether this was a good thing to do. I did not understand the concerns. I was progressing well and I know this ride. I trained for it. Riding is good for the body.

I am happy to say I rode the whole distance and my new hip handled it perfectly. I had a few other body parts that were in distress at the end, but my new hip was not one of them.  I was a great day and a great ride.

Right after the ride, I caught a nasty cold, more like bronchitis, and had to cut back on activities for a bit. I had wanted to try some running, but the cold held me back.

But this week , I got back out there. I did not run far, or fast, and it was a walk-run routine, but I did run. It felt great to have that running motion again. I hope to progress slowly, upping my distance and shortening the walk portions.

Progress is there. It all feels good and as long as I can be a bit patient and not do anything too stupid, I feel I will be fine. It is just a great feeling to know I can run, no matter what all the naysayers say.

Laura- My story and thank you

Hi everyone.
I want all of you to know what a relief it is to find this group. I am a very active 48 yrs young and love to run, bike, swim, ski, etc… Ten years ago I was racing snow boards and took out my knee. I found a really great surgeon who worked with me and did a tibial osteotomy. It went great and a year later I was back to racing. That summer I fell in love with trail running. I couldn’t get enough. Fast forward to two years ago. I had a fall and I just wasn’t bouncing back the way I should have. I finally went in and I was told that my hip was shot. My only option was a THR. My surgeon told me don’t worry you will be able to do anything you want to even snowboard after the surgery with one exception. You can’t run ever again. I felt like I was punched in the stomach. People who don’t run just don’t get it. They cannot understand why I want to run so badly. It’s just a part of who I am. I am to the point that I am in pain all the time and limp. That’s embarrassing. I had just about given up hope. Now I am ready to get the surgery done, hopefully in Jan (because of my crazy schedule) and I am actually excited. A big heartfelt thank you again to everyone for sharing!