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post #1 of 6 Old 04-25-2014, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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Riding with a hip replacement?

Does anyone on here ride with a hip replacement and/or pelvic issues?

If so...how long have you ridden with it? Do you have any pain while you ride or after you ride?

I have one, and have been riding a year with it. Recently b/c it's spring and I have been riding more, I have been noticing a bit of soreness deep within my pelvic region on the operated side....thinking it's nothing, as I don't do heavy galloping, jumping etc. I generally ride at a nice walk/trot pace...but just MORE of it.

Anything new for me seems to flare something on my body up.

Just curious. Thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 6 Old 04-25-2014, 11:23 AM
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I have friends that ride with hip replacements they say that from time to time it hurts but they think it is from the surgery not the replacement it self
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A very close friend needed double hip replacement surgery. Riding is VERY important to her. She rides competitively. She went to 3 or 4 Orthopedic surgeons that specialized in Sports Medicine. They all told her that Smith & Brothers made the best replacement joints for equestrians and that all others would give her trouble if she rode a lot. She has been riding now for 3 years with her new hips (well, 2 for one of them) and is getting along just fine with them. She says if she knew she would feel so much better, she would have done it years earlier, but she was so afraid of not being able to ride as much.

I am probably facing the same thing pretty soon. I am definitely going to go the same way.
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Just a side note on this issue, if you're having recurring pain after hip replacement, call your doctor and just make sure there haven't been any recalls. My mom just had recall surgery, both hips done now twice. Ugh. Her symptom was very sore hip joints years after the surgery.
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Thanks for all the responses. I've had my hip for nearly 20'years now....give or take..and several revisions....

I believe my problem is more pelvic. They made my leg too long and this my pelvis is out of alignment. Therefore I ride off, and my one seat bone gets the brunt of the action.

I also started walking again for exercise, so I think tight muscles have something to do with my twinges of soreness.

I've had a hip go bad...I know that pain, it's not that.

I guess I was looking for reassurance, but I've had mine
For so long...I really know what's going on. it's not the hip, it's my crooked body!

Thanks again!!

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A trainer I know is still getting on young horses and playing them (polo) after his hip replacement a year ago. He was back on horses about 4 months after the surgery. He is unusual, of course.

Another friend, an older fellow in his 80s, was back on young horses and ranched for several years after breaking his pelvis and getting a plate.
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