I am 64 and have been running for 24 years. 2 years ago I had a fall down the stairs at home causing my shin to swell to an enormous size. After this had disappeared, I re-commenced running but found I had terrific pain in the buttock area. To cut a long story short, I was eventually diagnosed with osteo-arthritis in my left hip. By this time I had been running again, the pain eased , and I started racing again for about six months doing 17 races and almost back to my form of 2 years previously, until the pain returned again. I struggled through this month's FLM about 30 mins slower than my time of 2006. It has been suggested/offered a hip replacement operation, but I do not feel ready to take such a big step if it means I have to stop running.
My question is, is there anyone out there who has had a hip replacement and is running again and indeed racing over distances up to marathon?
it all depends what hip replacement they're offering you.
If its a "resurfacing" - go for it.
Theres plenty of competitive and even some world class athletes who have hip resurfacings. They're designed for young and active patients. It's bone conserving, so if it all goes wrong you've got a total hip replacement (THR) to fall back on. A resurfacing shouldn't stop you doing anything at all, and its a really quick recovery from surgery. If they want to give you a total hip replacement theres alot more things that could affect your running, and thats something you should look at more carefully. (I work for a hip replacement company analysing all the hips that have failed).
I've recently started getting hip pain when sitting or laying in bed. I get cracking when I flex or extend my hips. Including doing situps. They're not ususally painful whilst doing exerise - mostly at night or when I've stopped doing something. Got really really terrible pain if an area at the side/back of my hips/bum if its even gently poked. I think that might be some sort of bursitis?
i have been running for over a year and recently developed a hip problem,, it has started to happen more frequenlty because of the weather i have been running on treadmill,, ive checked out my trainers,, and found that for the last 2 months the ones i were running in were completely flat sole so maybe that has done it..
i would like to know if it treatable ,, it feels like it is popping or like its gonna give way on my left hip ?? any ideas ??
I've mentioned this to a few people that have complained of hip problems like yours.
Have anyone mentioned the possibility that you may have a labrum tear (damaged cartliage inside the hip joint)?
Its pretty difficult to diagnose as it's hard to pinpoint the pain. Sometimes it's just tightness at the front of the hip, sometimes pain inside, sometimes groin or outer hip. Running is painful even when its just very light.
I am due to have a hip arthroscopy for a labral tear which has taken about two years to diagnose - I think it is a fairly new and difficult to diagnose injury where other possibilities such as muscle tears and hernias have to be ruled out first and have similar symptoms.. I am really apprehensive about it as I am desperate to get back to running, having been out for the majority of the last two years and finding swimming just not satisfying! .. I wondered if anyone has had a hip arthroscopy ( I am 31) and whether they've been able to get back to competitive running/what the recovery period is..?
Can anyone help..?
I had a hip arthroscopy performed last July and I was initially happy with the results.
Can I run competively at the moment - no, I've just had injury after injury since. Mainly its ITBS and I think it's due to either an imbalance or weakness in the right hip (obviously difficult to tell).
I have not been able to do a great deal of running miles since the operation so have kept in shape with cycling. The problem is, I was not a bad runner for a 44 year old (37 min 10k region) and I'm now a pretty ordinary cyclist.
I was on crutches for 2 days, cycling in 2 weeks and running in about 6 weeks (tentatively).
Where are you having the operation performed?
I'm reading this thread with interest as my hip pain (on one side) has come back now that I'm resuming training after the enforced snow break.
In my case, it originally came on, out of the blue as a severe case of inflammation (I was so hot I couldn't sleep!) after a very hilly training run. I was recovering from ITB on the same side at the time and assumed it was related, but the physio I consulted said that my sacro-iliac joint was very tight on that side, due to sitting down (work and commute related!) and it was most likely referred pain.
I think I shall be going back to the physio to see if that's still the diagnosis. I do lots of stretching and lots of core work via some very focussed Pilates which is supposed to be helping me avoid getting ITB again...but this is a frustrating niggle I don't seem to be getting rid of long term.
It actually doesn't stop me from running or particularly hurt when running, it's after running that I feel sore. Ho hum. If only I could stop having to sit down. It did pretty much disappear over Christmas - but then I was neither sedentary nor running so it's hard to tell which change had the effect.
No problem Colin, I really hope that it speeds up the process for you. I was so frustrated that I simply could not find out what on earth was wrong.
Johnny, I read your notes and feel sad! It sounds like you've been stopped in your tracks by injury.. I wondered whether although you have had ITBS, the actual repair of the labral tear was a success and if it wasn't for the ITBS you'd be ok running? Being a 1.21 half marathoner, I'm desperate to get back out there but actually just running will be enough, not too worried about the races right now.. How is cycling? Is that ok? And, have you tried swimming?
Wondering whether to turn myself into a pro-cyclist (!!!!!) or at least a cyclist!
Colin - just do go and get it looked at as soon as possible, mine is nearing the two year mark just because GPs do not know much about the injuries and referrals have to rule out all sorts (hernias etc..) before they'll go for a hip arthroscopy.. good luck..
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