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BarrelBaby101 06-21-2011 11:51 AM

Good or Bad?
Hey guys!
I'm so sorry if this is in the wrong place, but I need a little advice!
In October 2009 I was thrown off my barrel horse and became very injured. I had gone to my doctor several times he said I just had internal bruising. Until about 6 months ago he had just been saying get rest and you'll be fine. Finally he sent me to an orthopaedic, he ran some tests and decided to send me to a "hip" specialist. Now he has said that I will need surgery. I'm getting so nervous and upset about it because he says my recovery process will take up to a full year.
Anyway, now that yall have a little back ground info, (sorry if its too detailed) here's my question. Is it a bad idea for me to be riding? I mean I hurt like crazy after I'm done, but I just can't stay off of my babies. And another question is, would it be a bad idea to do some last minute barrel races before surgery?
Please help!?!
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JustDressageIt 06-21-2011 12:14 PM

Depends on what is wrong with your hip/what kind of surgery you need. Your doc/surgeon will be best able to advise you.
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BarrelBaby101 06-21-2011 12:23 PM

I've talked to him, he says if I wanna risk going out and injuring myself more, then go for it, he even offered to come watch!
I have a labrim tear on my hip joint, and any little movement, especially riding, causes fluid to leak out and form sists causing excruciating pain.

JustDressageIt 06-21-2011 12:31 PM

Im not sure how a labrum tear can make fluid leak, but I'm certainly no doctor, just an anatomy junkie.
Tears can be made worse, of course, depending on the location. Has your doc tried nonsurgical options such as PT and possibly injections? Again, I'm no doc, just sitting here recovering from my latest sugrery myself hah.
Your surgeon/doc will best be able to advise you on whether or not you should ride. I really doubt anyone on an Internet forum would be able to give you any sort of advice.
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Speed Racer 06-21-2011 12:35 PM

Your doctor is telling you to stay off the horses until after surgery. Unless you want more damage to yourself that the doctor will have to fix (and charge you extra $$$), maybe you should forgo riding until after your recovery period.

It's your call, but if I was leaking fluid from my joints that were causing cysts and unbearable pain, I think I'd err on the side of caution and actually listen to what my doctor is telling me.

The horses aren't going anywhere, and it won't hurt them to have some time off.

Do you really think it's necessary to damage yourself even more, and perhaps do something that the doctor can't repair?

BarrelBaby101 06-21-2011 12:50 PM

I've had several injections, and done a tad bit of PT. As for the fluid, i have no idea, haha. I just listen to what he says is wrong with me. I take pain meds before I ride, and it does subside it. I'm just worried about another fall, and so is he. My mom and I have discussed the option of one last run for all the college rodeo coaches before surgery. It's a big decision.
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MHFoundation Quarters 06-21-2011 12:52 PM

I can totally relate to how you feel right now. I hadn't shared on here but will since I'm not supposed to be riding right now either and relate. I was having major pain, thought it was kidney stones (had them before) went to the hospital and found out that I have a large mass on my right ovary. Have to see a specialist, get more tests, discuss partial hysterectomy next week, ick!

They told me no riding, I did send home horses that were in for training and let clients know I won't be taking on new ones for the time being. I have broken the rules and taken one of my mares on a daily walk through the woods, I've had her for her 23 years and she's never taken a misstep so I have zero worry being on her. Would I put a first ride on a colt or work cattle right no, nope. So I can't say anything about not following orders, but don't put yourself at extra risk. ie: one last barrel show...

BarrelBaby101 06-21-2011 12:58 PM

Ick is right! I hope all goes well!
As for my last run, my instructor right now has a lot of her students talking to coaches, and I'm the only one not, although I am the only barrel racer, I'm a tad nervous about missing my chance at a scholarship.
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JustDressageIt 06-21-2011 01:03 PM

Some injuries can be exacerbated by exercise/riding, some won't. Only your doc knows the extent of the damage and whether or not exercise will help or hinder.
Been there for the past two years, except we've been playing "guess the injury, because we have no idea!"
Physiotherapy is ESSENTIAL. I cannot stress that enough. Essential.
MHF, sorry to hear your troubles. That isn't fun - been there, too hah!
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MHFoundation Quarters 06-21-2011 01:05 PM

Thanks :)

That's a tough call with a potential scholarship on the line. At that age and in that circumstance I'd have probably went for it anyway. Just don't forget to consider risks of more serious injury that could possibly affect your future riding and keeping the scholarship if you got it. Good luck in whatever you decide!
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