So, I need a new hip.
Last fall I met with a local (very good) orthopedist about my hip pain - he did an x-ray and confirmed that I had severe arthritis in my right hip (I had been having issues for about 6-8 months at that point but I thought it was soft tissue stuff!), and recommended a THR. Luckily my LEFT hip is fine! Go figure…
To forestall this, I have now had three injections: the first one worked like a charm and I was almost pain free!, second one not so much (the law of diminishing returns), and I just got the third one yesterday. Though the effects are not supposed to kick in immediately, it feels better already - but that might be the steroids talking.
Anyway, I know I have to “bite the bullet” at some point this year since I’ve been in a good bit of pain and it has been impacting my riding (not to mention walking and everything else) - luckily I always give my mare a winter vacation so she was off for two months; but I rode a couple of student’s horses on days when I was in less pain - they are both narrower than my horse, which helped. I’ve been on my mare 3 times now and OUCH!, luckily she is very patient and a good girl while I mount and dismount; my dressage saddle has a high cantle which SO does not help! Oy.
I’ve been putting it off for obvious reasons (6 weeks to recover, I already have a LOT of pain issues so my worry is that I will be in too much pain to get MOVING and rehabbing ASAP!, etc. which will delay my recovery) It will be a huge disruption to everything, I’ll be dependent on my husband, not able to care for my horse (luckily I board, but it’s not a full service facility), and I have many dog students and several regular horse students who I will leave hanging. My dogs won’t be getting exercised because we live in a TH with a small backyard and despite being a wonderful and helpful man, DH won’t run or walk them (one elderly Whippet and a 2 year old Whippet who NEEDS her daily runs!)
(Times like these I wish I had a desk job, but it is what it is!)
Since this is a board full of horse people I’m sure you can all relate - so!, I’m hoping to hear some personal stories from those who have gone through it: how much pain were you in, how immobilized were you, how long did it take to heal, how did you deal with stairs??
I am fit and thin, exercise and stretch every day and have a strong core - but I’m 66 and already have back issues. I have to move and stretch daily or I turn into the Tin Man.
TIA for any and all responses! (I did do a search on here and read about others’ experiences, but I would love to hear more details from fellow “survivors” if you would be so kind )
ETA - he does a direct anterior approach which is supposed to reduce pain and speed recovery. We have a consult this Friday - so have questions lined up, but any additional thoughts on what to ask would be fantastic!