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Long term experience with total hip replacement & riding - joint longevity

Old 06-09-14, 09:16 PM
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Long term experience with total hip replacement & riding - joint longevity

Snapped my femur in July of 2012 in what should have been just a bad road rash incident ('cept I didn't slide much). The doctor would prefer I ride a trike or a recumbent, but I've been back riding since the accident. (Hybrid, roads & trails) I put 5000+ miles on last year, on a slower pace this year. But my question for those who've put a lot (or not) of miles on after a THR: How's the joint itself holding up? My perception is that riding in the saddle doesn't stress the joint much, but up out of the saddle climbing hills is probably akin (for the joint) to running, which is verboten with a THR. Anyone put a lot of/aggressive (out of the saddle) miles on and had/not had any problems with the joint? I really don't want to wear the lining out, since a revision surgery is considerably more complicated than the original THR. So any experiences good or bad....how many miles since your THR and what results for your hip? I'm 68, FWIW. Thanks, Jim.

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Old 06-10-14, 06:52 AM
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I think you're looking at it all wrong! First, standing and pedaling is not like running; it's like using an elliptical machine - no landing shocks with every footfall. Doc is mostly worried that a fall could mess up what's left of your bones, and not be completely fixable. Second - who wouldn't want a bent??? Think of it as a step up.
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I have a friend that crashed and broke his hip two years ago, requiring a hip replacement.

Right now he's just short of 30 days into a coast-to-coast ride.
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Go for it! I had my 1st THR in '94 and my other hip was done last summer. Both are fine. I ride 15 mi./day regularly. Bicycling is very good for those muscle groups. Just start slow, build up gradually............and try not to fall.
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Originally Posted by slorollin View Post
Go for it! I had my 1st THR in '94 and my other hip was done last summer. Both are fine. I ride 15 mi./day regularly. Bicycling is very good for those muscle groups. Just start slow, build up gradually............and try not to fall.
Thanks for some real life experience feedback.
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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
I think you're looking at it all wrong! First, standing and pedaling is not like running; it's like using an elliptical machine - no landing shocks with every footfall. Doc is mostly worried that a fall could mess up what's left of your bones, and not be completely fixable. Second - who wouldn't want a bent??? Think of it as a step up.
Yes, I think you're on to something. Ans you're right about the Doc's concerns. He once told me "you don't want to hear the first words out of my mouth when I get a call that one of my previous replacements has broken that hip again"
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