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Busted a hip when I should have busted a move.

Old 11-05-09, 05:40 PM
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When they did my knee in '89, it was all stainless - maybe I should go back for a Titanium Upgrade....
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Old 12-02-09, 04:02 PM
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Update,
This is week 4 after surgery and got the go ahead to get back on the stationary bike today. Did 20 easy min. today and I'll up that by 10 min each day till I'm up to an hour. The doctor said I could go weight bearing at 10 weeks which is two weeks earlier than he first said, that's good news. I'm pain free, a bit bored, and that could be a combination for trouble. The cool thing about my break is that if I get out of position even a little it more than lets me know I've done wrong. I keep looking over to the rollers when I'm on the stationary bike, naw, still too soon . . .
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Old 12-02-09, 04:33 PM
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Ouch...didn't need to see that pic
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I keep looking over to the rollers when I'm on the stationary bike



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Update,
This is week 4 after surgery and got the go ahead to get back on the stationary bike today. Did 20 easy min. today and I'll up that by 10 min each day till I'm up to an hour. The doctor said I could go weight bearing at 10 weeks which is two weeks earlier than he first said, that's good news. I'm pain free, a bit bored, and that could be a combination for trouble. The cool thing about my break is that if I get out of position even a little it more than lets me know I've done wrong. I keep looking over to the rollers when I'm on the stationary bike, naw, still too soon . . .
Great to hear you are progressing well. Just don't rush it. Tomorrow I go in for my 1 year checkup. I'm doing two hour rides on weekends and a lot more on the elliptical trainer during the week. Swimming laps is also in my regimen. Don't get stuck on cycling for fitness, if you have another fall, itl may not be repairable!!
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10 weeks out from acetabulum fracture and I just got my freedom papers. I can walk, ride, hop, skip and jump. I have no restrictions. I think I’ll ride my bike around the neighborhood tomorrow just to see how that goes and work from there. I need to get stronger and regain what little flexibility I had before. Right now it’s just good to retire the crutches. No physical therapy needed, I go back to work on Monday, can’t wait.
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Thanks to all you who helped me through the last 10 weeks, I know I got off light, I'll see you all on the trail come Spring, maybe sooner.
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Old 01-13-10, 02:59 PM
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That's fantastic news! Congrats!
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Old 01-13-10, 03:40 PM
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That's great news Jay. I'm curious, did you suffer much muscle atrophy during your recovery? I literally wasn't able to stand after I was given the go-ahead by my surgeon. It took me another 10 weeks to get enough strength back in the leg to walk without crutches or a cane. That might have to do with my age as much as anything however.
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Old 01-13-10, 04:01 PM
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You had me so worried about atrophy that I exercised throughout the 10 weeks like crazy. The left leg is at about 80%. I've been walking on it for about 3 weeks off and on. I can walk up stairs with a regular motion (I don't have to take them one at time, though I've not tried 2 at a time yet). The motion that I need to work on is raising the right leg high enough to mount the bike. That motion is causing me the most trouble. I used to pop my right leg over the back of my chair to sit down at the dinner table, can't do that either. For the short term I'll have to find alternative ways to mount and dismount my bike.

During my recovery I was riding my stationary bike for up to 1 1/2 hours at a time. I wasn't using full resistance, I'd only go up to 4 on a 10 scale, but I'd spin it at 85 to 90 RPM. I credit that bike with making me a strong as I am today.

My fracture was much simpler than yours and thankfully it happened on a ladder and not on my bike.

I'll try to take it easy, but that's not the way I do things, so look for the old guy on the Colnago with a scar as long as his bike shorts and that might be me.

Tea thanks for being there and I hope that I won't have to be there for another BF member in the future, I wish everyone luck, Tea and I will tell you that you can skip this injury, it's not all that much fun.

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Indeed. I just saw this thread for the first time today.

I'm glad you healed up good. A couple years ago a guy in my office, in his 50s, fell off a ladder like that and died!

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Sorry to hear of your incident, and I hope the time passes quickly until you can get back on the bike again.

I can sort of relate because I've been nursing a sore knee for the last three weeks. But just got in from 13 miles -- kind of a trial run to make sure it is OK. It felt great to be on the saddle again. The knee feels fine now, but I'll know for sure in the morning.

Best wishes again!
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Old 01-13-10, 10:36 PM
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Glad to hear the recovery has gone so well.

That being said...interesting that no surgeon uses carbon fiber. boom?
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Best wishes for a speedy recovery!
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Did they remove all the hardware or did you keep it?
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I busted the socket that holds the femur in the hip joint. The hardware is providing support for that joint and will stay with me until I get a hip replacement 20 years or so in the future. I'm back to work on Monday, the crutches are in the basement, I'm back to causing trouble.

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I busted the socket that holds the femur in the hip joint. The hardware is providing support for that joint and will stay with me until I get a hip replacement 20 years or so in the future. I'm back to work on Monday, the crutches are in the basement, I'm back to causing trouble.

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My hardware is a bit more extensive because it not only mended the hip socket, it also brought the pieces of my pelvis back together. It's with me forever.
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Went out on a 15 min shakedown ride in my neighborhood, I'm back, felt good, just like old times but without the strength or wind. I did get it up to 40 mph, fast still feels good, but mostly I was under 10. I did not record the ride on the Garmin that would be too much. If the weather holds up I'll take it out to the W&OD (local MUP) and try it for a bit more distance on the weekend. Maybe since I'll be so slow I'll get to see things I never noticed before. See you all on the trail/road

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Update time,

Progess has been slow but I finally got up to a 2 hour ride yesterday on the W&OD (the local MUP). Average speed was a bit slow at 17mph but for a guy pushing 60 with a busted hip that's not too bad. I have a new bike, well a very old bike with some new parts, I bought a 1982 Mercian Vincintore and put a new drive train on it, I call it my old man bike. It's nice and rides very well. I will still keep my 2004 Colnago C40 for a while longer. It's nice and rides very, very well too. I look forward to a day when I don't have to think about the way I walk. I don't know if that will happen but it would be nice. I think I'll take the C40 out tomorrow for a short, fast ride, see if I can do over 20 mph for an hour or so.

Thanks for all the support, see you all on the road.

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I am glad that you are healing with a good outcome.

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