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    Hip Replacement - Now What?

    First, I am posting this under my husband's username (I am sure he will end up seeing this!).

    I am 57 years old, been riding for 20+ years and have recently had my right hip replaced. In a few years, I am confident I will need to have the left one done as well. Besides the hip replacement, I am in good physical condition, not over weight and relatively inseam challenged at 5'3". My issue is since the hip replacement, I cannot do the miles I used to without muscle discomfort in my right thight / butt and now feel the need to have both feet flat on the ground at stops. I think I am subconcisouly paranoid about tipping over and dislocating the implant (the doctor makes it sound unbelievely painful if this happens - which I am 100% sure he is right!). My husband and I did not do Iron Butt mile days but, routinely did 500+ on our summer vacations or to distant National Rallys.

    I guess the input I am looking for is, if any of you (or anyone you know of) has had a hip replacement and also experienced discomfort, what did you do? Stop riding, do shorter distances and take longer stops between (this is kinda what we are doing now), over the counter pre-medication (which I will not do prescription pain medication unless I know I will be at home for the duration of the medication), magical stretching exercises while riding, different seat, foot peg position, etc., etc.

    I am really missing the thought of trips out West from Indiana as longer days in the saddle are needed when a weeks vacation is all we are taking.

    Thanks ladies and any thoughts / suggestions are appreciated! By the way, my husband is in no way making me feel bad about this and is 100% in favor of any choice I make - whether that be a different bike, shorter mileage days, etc.

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    Three wheels?

    I like the idea of a big scooter, too, but you might think about a trike. On a recent long trip, I was surprised at the number of trikes I saw on the road, most of them 2-up. These rides are surprisingly FUN, just in case you've never tried them. Of course, you're talking a whopping lot of money, but there are undoubtedly plenty of used ones out there by now.

    A Can-Am Spyder three-wheeler is another possibility. Never ridden one, but they look very cool.

    I've never had hip replacement, but I do have hip-joint pain on occasion, and find that standing up on the pegs/floorboards as I go down the road is a good way to catch the breeze, and to relieve muscle cramping.

    Whatever you do, please do your best to stay away from regular use of over-the-counter NSAID-type pain relievers. They are a wonderful way to destroy your kidneys, liver, and lead to bleeding ulcers for some. Aleve (Naprosyn) is a particular offender. Research it for yourself - plenty of "testimonials" available.

    Good luck. Whatever you have to do to keep riding is worth the effort.

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    Perhaps you need to talk to your doctor, outside, where he an see your bike with you on it. He could better assess the angle of your leg and the forces involved.

    He may give you the ok, or more specific advice.

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    Thanks for Idfeas!

    I never thought about seeing my doctor and have him check out the various angles while on the bike. He knows I ride but, that is about it.

    I must be old fashioned but, I have a hard time thinking about going to three wheels. There are some nice ones out there but, you are correct, they are pricey!

    I must admit, I have been doing some physical therapy since last week (three times per week) and so far, it really seems to be helping. But...have not done any long distance rides yet. Sunday I rode about 125 miles and overall, not too bad! I am being optimistic the end results of the physical therapy will work, while not yet fixing the issue 100%, at least a relative normalcy.

    Like someone said, do it as long as I can and that is EXACTLY what I plan to do! Thanks everyone for the thoughts and ideas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shropdog View Post
    I never thought about seeing my doctor and have him check out the various angles while on the bike. He knows I ride but, that is about it.
    Along these lines, there may be changes you can make to your current ride that will give you a less stressful posture. Excellent resource: Motorcycle Ergonomics
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    Quote Originally Posted by shropdog View Post
    I never thought about seeing my doctor and have him check out the various angles while on the bike. He knows I ride but, that is about it.

    I must be old fashioned but, I have a hard time thinking about going to three wheels. There are some nice ones out there but, you are correct, they are pricey!

    I must admit, I have been doing some physical therapy since last week (three times per week) and so far, it really seems to be helping. But...have not done any long distance rides yet. Sunday I rode about 125 miles and overall, not too bad! I am being optimistic the end results of the physical therapy will work, while not yet fixing the issue 100%, at least a relative normalcy.

    Like someone said, do it as long as I can and that is EXACTLY what I plan to do! Thanks everyone for the thoughts and ideas!
    Express your concerns to your P.T., and take him/her outside to see your bike and position. Ask if they are also occupational therapists, as they may be more familiar in working to get specific movements/muscle groups working to help your situation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shropdog View Post
    First, I am posting this under my husband's username (I am sure he will end up seeing this!).

    I am 57 years old, been riding for 20+ years and have recently had my right hip replaced. In a few years, I am confident I will need to have the left one done as well. Besides the hip replacement, I am in good physical condition, not over weight and relatively inseam challenged at 5'3". My issue is since the hip replacement, I cannot do the miles I used to without muscle discomfort in my right thight / butt and now feel the need to have both feet flat on the ground at stops. I think I am subconcisouly paranoid about tipping over and dislocating the implant (the doctor makes it sound unbelievely painful if this happens - which I am 100% sure he is right!). My husband and I did not do Iron Butt mile days but, routinely did 500+ on our summer vacations or to distant National Rallys.

    I guess the input I am looking for is, if any of you (or anyone you know of) has had a hip replacement and also experienced discomfort, what did you do? Stop riding, do shorter distances and take longer stops between (this is kinda what we are doing now), over the counter pre-medication (which I will not do prescription pain medication unless I know I will be at home for the duration of the medication), magical stretching exercises while riding, different seat, foot peg position, etc., etc.

    I am really missing the thought of trips out West from Indiana as longer days in the saddle are needed when a weeks vacation is all we are taking.

    Thanks ladies and any thoughts / suggestions are appreciated! By the way, my husband is in no way making me feel bad about this and is 100% in favor of any choice I make - whether that be a different bike, shorter mileage days, etc.
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    Hip replacement

    This reply is late to the thread but please look into Anterior hip replacement.
    When you get the other side replaced get an anterior replacement not the old fashioned posterior replacement.
    My father had it done in southeast Georgia a few years ago and the process is so much better for the intitial healing process and then a normal lifestyle.
    A close friend had the posterior implant 10 years ago and he is fine but he has the same fears you do about popping that design out of the socket.

    Quote Originally Posted by shropdog View Post
    First, I am posting this under my husband's username (I am sure he will end up seeing this!).

    I am 57 years old, been riding for 20+ years and have recently had my right hip replaced. In a few years, I am confident I will need to have the left one done as well. Besides the hip replacement, I am in good physical condition, not over weight and relatively inseam challenged at 5'3". My issue is since the hip replacement, I cannot do the miles I used to without muscle discomfort in my right thight / butt and now feel the need to have both feet flat on the ground at stops. I think I am subconcisouly paranoid about tipping over and dislocating the implant (the doctor makes it sound unbelievely painful if this happens - which I am 100% sure he is right!). My husband and I did not do Iron Butt mile days but, routinely did 500+ on our summer vacations or to distant National Rallys.

    I guess the input I am looking for is, if any of you (or anyone you know of) has had a hip replacement and also experienced discomfort, what did you do? Stop riding, do shorter distances and take longer stops between (this is kinda what we are doing now), over the counter pre-medication (which I will not do prescription pain medication unless I know I will be at home for the duration of the medication), magical stretching exercises while riding, different seat, foot peg position, etc., etc.

    I am really missing the thought of trips out West from Indiana as longer days in the saddle are needed when a weeks vacation is all we are taking.

    Thanks ladies and any thoughts / suggestions are appreciated! By the way, my husband is in no way making me feel bad about this and is 100% in favor of any choice I make - whether that be a different bike, shorter mileage days, etc.

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