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Dec. 30, 2010
weppin
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Health Issues

Joe, I went through a hip replacement / resurfacing in Sept. 09 (I had arthritis and bone spurs also). Before the surgery, I went through physical therapy, stretching, strength exercises, etc., to no avail. The pain got so bad that I couldn't sleep, and I dragged my leg when I walked.

For me, the surgery was the best thing I ever did. The pain relief was immediate, and I was walking with a cane within a week. I played softball (3 teams) in 2010, although it took a while before I felt comfortable rotating my hips when swinging the bat.

Right now no limitations on any activities, although my doc suggests I get a courtesy runner whenever possible (thank you, SSUSA!).

Have you decided on your course of action?


Oct. 5, 2010
weppin
Topic: Tournaments
Discussion: shawnee,kansas

Webbie: My first Doctor told me I had the same thing as you (he prescribed rest and stretching). After 6 months of no progress, I went to a Orthopedic Dr. who nailed it - hip replacement. And now 1 year later, everything's back to normal, and no more pain.

Not saying that's what you have, but might be worth checking out if things don't improve...
Dec. 2, 2009
weppin
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hip Replacement

BW,
I will be going in for my 3 month post-op check up next week, so I'll know more then. But at my 6 week check up, my doc (Kaiser specialist in Oakland) asked me not to jog, run, or do other similar movements that might prevent (or loosen) the bone from growing around the new ball and joint.
Like you, I did a lot of leg strengthening exercises before my surgery, which shortened my post-op PT to 2 visits before I "graduated".

And I put off my surgery for as long as I could, until I reached the point of not being able to sleep. so I'm thankful to be past all that.

My doc also says that by having the total hip resurfacing, I can still have a THR if/when I ever need one.

Good luck... keep us posted on your course of action.

Bill


Nov. 29, 2009
weppin
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hip Replacement

Jawood, according to my doctor, rehab is right on (ahead of) schedule. I played the last 2 weeks of the fall softball season (Walnut Creek, CA), but I didn't try running - doc said not to do anything strenuous for 3 months to let the bone grow around the prosthesis.

I have to say that at first my leg muscles were sore, and had atrophied due to me favoring the hip for 6 months because of the the pain. (Never again will I pass judgement on anyone who complains about being in constant pain, because that was me).

Since the surgery, I have been taking long, early morning walks, as well as riding a stationary bike. I returned to work 2 weeks after surgery (working general contractor). Sitting in the hot tub also has been helpful.

I started swinging a bat last week (in the garage), and the hip rotation has returned - something I didn't have last season.

I do have days where the muscles around the hip are still sore, but that is probably a good thing, since the hip itself is pain-free. Dr. says it will probably be a few more months before all the leg muscles get back to normal.

This whole hip thing started for me a few years ago when I (pitcher for The Crew) took a shot up the middle that knocked me on my ass (hip) - and yes I caught it. Didn't know it then, but I had a hairline fracture in the hip joint. Then the arthritis set in...

This past year on 2 different occasions, I took shots up the middle (again, caught 'em both) that broke 2 different fingers on my glove hand. I'm guessing that there are a lot of pitcher injuries that go unreported - then again, I don't know anyone who keeps track of these types of injuries.

I'd be interested in hearing if there are other pitchers out there that have been injured - and haven't reported it to anyone. Probably a lot more injuries than anyone could imagine...

Thanks,

Bill Eppinga
Advance Construction




Nov. 28, 2009
weppin
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Hip Replacement

Rocko, I had the total hip resurfacing done about 3 months ago. For me, (56 years old, 5'11", 210) it was the best way to go. I played the '09 season (pitcher for Advance Construction) with a lot of pain and limited mobility, but that's all behind me now. Looking forward to a great '10 season...
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