...after 41 years of running, turns out I have arthritis in both hips.......
anybody else dealing with this??
I am DEFINITELY up for suggestions........
.......at the moment 4/1-ing twice a week and Poolrunning twice a week.....
O/A or R/A?
I'm well into my 50s and would like to hear your story.
Latest data suggest running in moderation is good for O/A and joints in general, but R/A is a whole 'nother animal. Probably need some blood work done to track down autoimmune markers. There may be a way out of this.
Meanwhile check out this thread....
This short article Osteoarthritis Exercise and Cartilage. The article is not specific to hip arthritis, but presents general concepts of how cartilage is affected by exercise. If you have a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis of the hips, it is a distinctly different problem.
Damien Howell PT, MS, OCS - www.damienhowellpt.com
.....sorry, should have been more specific......it's OA
I think ''Aging'' would apply here, I just turned 60 this year.
thanks damien and james//.......
that thread on the back issues applies a LOT,
the cartlidge link I am going to study in detail.
the short version,,,,,,,it started about 3-years ago, I toughed it out (typical runner mentality)
then it got so bad I couldn't go up A step (singular, not plural)
naturally, 8 MONTHS later.....I hadn't shaken it off and went and had an xray and diagnosis in January,
got an appointment with a Titians Football Doc
and was told
to keep doing what I was doing.
his first comment was ''I can't believe you can run with those hips"
my first comment was ''hell, I've only had arthritis since January, I'll work on being Infirm when I have more practise''
we got along pretty well after that.
he Green Lighted me to run
but since everything attached to both hips is inflamed, some days it just AIN'T happening.
my attitude is
''I'm not that Smart
but Pain makes me Stop''
so currently I'm going with neophrene hipflexor wrap, Adidas Cushion 6s, dirt or level grass surface, a folding cane (don't ask, I feel like An Idiot carrying it)
and a motto of-
'If it hurts when you DoDat,
thanks for the links, and lemme know if you have any other ideas,,,,,,,,I topped out and am looking for input.
Although there have been stability issues reported on spring-loaded shoes, check out these sites just for grins.
I bought a pair of zcoils to rehab from an achilles injury years ago, and I can't say I'm sorry I did. They performed as promised, but the testimonials from others with more severe conditions bear some reading...
http://www.zcoil.com/ (main site)
Damien: Do you recall a Scandinavian (or was it Dutch) study a few years back that was published on MedScape, regarding the effect of stress on joint regeneration? The gist of the study was an observed increase in vascular growth in the vicinity of cartilage and a resulting change in the chemical makeup of the fluid and cartilage resiliency, all in response to "moderate" aerobic exercise (i.e.: running). At the time, I posted a link to said study in an e-mail to the president of my running club, promising there would be an officially published study forthcoming (there was a "gag order" on the preliminary release to Medscape). Though it could have easily escaped my glancing attention, I never heard anything more about it, and I wonder if you or any of your associates had.
I had a right hip replacement (hip resurfacing) due to OA 3 yrs ago. I am now pain free and run about 20-25 miles a week. Resurfacing is the way to go if you do need a replacement.
...thanks chris//.......the Titans Ortho Doc also said this was the way to go......
since I run a OneMan Drugstore, how long I would be out is a problem......how long were you out before you recovered??
....ps.......congratulations on the mileage, Impressive.
James Johnson is already familiar with my treating severe Morton's Neuroma with prolotherapy injections. I can't help mentioning that prolo treats the hips as well, tightening the whole assembly which shakes apart from years of running.
Tom, I had a best case recovery. I was back to light duty work at 3 weeks, but probably could have gone back sooner. I kept myself in good shape right up until surgery. I think that helped a lot. I am going out tomorrow AM with friends for a 7 mile trail run and cant wait.
Enjoy every minute of it......
......ps.....I have NO idea why there are numbers with this post.......
I am a 48 year old female just diagnosed with arthritis in my right hip(with 2 bone spurs). The Doc was shocked to see this on someone my age. I have been running seriously for at least 36 years(31 marathons). Also VERY active and a Health/pe teacher. I am in severe shock as to this and am glad to see your and Chris's posts. PLEASE keep offering any info you have- this is new as I just was diagonsed yesterday and am going to find out a slew of more info re: my situation from the Doc pending looking at all the tests.... This makes me very hopeful I don't have to rule out running for the rest of my life...:)
Cremail, I am not a salesman I promise. During my experience with prolotherapy, I kept reading in the newsletters how the body will grow bone spurs as a way to add calcium/concrete like strength to an area where the structural tissues have stretched or weakened. These are usually tendons and ligaments. Prolotherapy first tightens and builds these and then some prolotherapists then give another type of injection that hels break up the spur.but this is last. Hope this helps.