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Old 07-15-07, 06:48 AM   #1
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Cycling after hip replacements

After 35 years of running (best, Boston, '78; 2:44:02), I turned to cycling in '98 because I could no longer run. In 2001 my left hip was totally replaced and 7 weeks ago, my right hip the same. And all through it I was able to cycle, either stationary, road, and/or mountain. I had severe arthritis in both hips, however the cylcing seem to help the pain, loosen the joint, and give me an exercise fix.

I am pleased to say with both hips replaced I am once again cycling, no pain. A few tips for hip replacement cyclists: Practice with a stationary bike first if possible. Focus on your balance. Lower the seat when you first get back to a regular bike. Don't push up the hills and stand, stay in the seat. Stretch your quads and hamstrings. For the first few months I would recommend road cylcists not to use the pegs and cleats (same for mountain), let the hip joint in question heal. You might want a wider seat than usual, (depends on your incision placement). Moderation is the key, cut your workouts down (20%-30%), get a good steady state and stay there. I had success with time 10-20 minutes to start, then 30 minutes, 1 hr, etc. You can rush 20 miles, but it is hard to rush an hour.

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Old 07-15-07, 05:59 PM   #2
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Also, listen to you doctor & physical therapist - as in don't rush things! I know a fellow who started cycling "lightly" and ended up repeating the operation - his concept of "lightly" evidently was NOT "lightly" for the PT or MD!
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Pm or get in contact with hipcycler in the road forum. He to has had a hip replacement.
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Old 07-16-07, 04:37 AM   #4
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Get your Doctor's advice-hip replacement cyclist

Yes, as with any exercise program or rehabilitation program always contact your physician first. You should also be careful on breaking the 90 degree plane (similar to the raised toilet seat), so the bike seat should be adjusted accordingly. And ask the doctor/surgeon if (and when) you can begin cycling, every case is different.
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