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Hip replacements and riding-how much is healthy?

Old 10-07-09, 06:24 PM
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Hip replacements and riding-how much is healthy?

I am a year post op on both hips. I started riding again after a 10 year lay off. Fell in love with riding, again. Will the motion of riding wear out the joint early? I used to be an agressive Mountain biker, now I just own a good bike with commuter tires. (What a sad statement!) Is there anyone out there riding with new hips? Whats the experience like?
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Modern hip replacements, especially the metal-on-metal versions, are extremely durable and with the exception of off-road stuff, riding a bike is probably easier on your hips than walking. I have also had both hips replaced; the right in 1998 and the left a little over a year ago. I started riding regularly (with my doctor's approval) 6 months after my last replacement and have never had any problems. My only limitation is that I don't have enough lateral flexibility to throw a leg over the saddle.

Check with your doctor, but unless you have some unusual situation, I can't imagine why your hip replacements would prevent you from riding regularly.
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I have a 65 years old friend who has had both her hips replaced ( about 5 years ago) Her main sport is paddling but we often go for a 30 to 50 mile bike ride. She has a womans type bike (ie no top tube) so lifting her leg over the bar is not an issue. I say go for it and good luck to you,
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Old 10-08-09, 07:03 AM
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Over 26,000 miles on my right hip total replacement, done in Nov. of 2000.

Does it work?
Oh hell ya.

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Old 10-08-09, 05:04 PM
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I had my right hip replaced in 1987, at the age of 32. I skied on it for 14 years as a volunteer Ski Patroller. Had a revision done in 2001. In 2003, 2004, and 2007 I did the Seattle to Portland ride. Right now I try to ride 70-100 miles a week. And I'm working up to more.

BTW, I don't have as much trouble getting my leg over the saddle as I used to. Stretching helps, but ask your doctor first.

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In December, 2008, I had a horrific bike accident while riding solo. Basically I slipped on ice while in a turn and fractured my acetabulum and pelvis. Seven hours of surgery and a lot of titanium pins, plates, and screws later I began a long recovery. It will never be the same, but I did my first ride 5 months after the accident. I'm up to about 35 mile rides (2+ hours) now. However I only ride 2x a week. Swimming laps and the elliptical trainer are now a part of my fitness regimen. The swimming, especially the breast stroke, has done wonders for my lateral flexibility and I highly recommend it.
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Thanks all, I'm aiming for 50 miles this weekend. Throwing caution to the wind, I don my Spydyr suit and look to the open road, paved and dirt! HAHAHAHAHAHHAA!
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I am 8 weeks post surgery on my left hip and I have been riding since 19 days post surgery where I did a flat 10 miles. I rode last 46 miles Saturday (7 weeks 5 days) for the first time with my group at the local club.
My Hip Replacement Blog started a few weeks pre surgery 3 pages back.
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Thanks all, I'm aiming for 50 miles this weekend. Throwing caution to the wind, I don my Spydyr suit and look to the open road, paved and dirt! HAHAHAHAHAHHAA!
Take pictures, Spydyr suit and all
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OK, you asked for it. The Spydyr jersey is coming out of moth balls. I hope i can find it!
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I am wondering is cycling is bad for your hips. I am of the belief that it someone has been a long term cyclist, it would make your hip and joints stronger. Any thoughts on this?
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Funny you should ask, I just met another 50+ rider at Costco. We had a good chat about how cycling has improved our conditioning. We feel benefits in the cardio, legs, HIPS and back. Many of the 50+ crowd I believe would say it not only makes us physically better, but kids the kid inside of us entertained.
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Originally Posted by Daspydyr View Post
Funny you should ask, I just met another 50+ rider at Costco. We had a good chat about how cycling has improved our conditioning. We feel benefits in the cardio, legs, HIPS and back. Many of the 50+ crowd I believe would say it not only makes us physically better, but kids the kid inside of us entertained.
Here it is I hope!

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Cycling has been good so far for my new hip. I did a 53 mile ride last Saturday at 8 weeks and 5 days post op and didn't have any pain the next day. I did ice the hip though after the ride.
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In addition to riding, I try to get 3-5 miles of walking per week. I received Encore Hips. They are Ceramic and Titanium. They don't use an adhesive to secure either the ball or socket. They lengthen your leg @1/2 inch and use the tension created by tissues and muscle stretching. Walking helps secure the joint in place. I also try to do some resistance exercise; extensions, leg presses, ham string curls for bone health. My surgeon advised to keep the weight lower and do more reps.

Gerald, I read through your blogspot. You have had an adventure and fought though a lot more pain than I did. You are also putting in more miles than me, and I am 13 months post op. Good for you!
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