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Hip replacement 13-Sep-2011 At 1:48:12 PM TonyB
Thanks Doug. Mine was very bad. I couldn't even roll over in bed at night because of the pain. There is no way I could have ridden my bike. Even sitting in a chair for a short period was difficult. My totally unsubstantiated theory is that muscle tightness around the hips and lower back limits blood supply that allows the joint to repair itself. I've always done a lot of exercise and always focussed on flexibility but I now have greater mobility than I had 20 years ago. For example, I'd always wondered why a climbing mate could lift his leg much higher than mine to a foothold close to the body (hands on holds up high). Now I can raise my foot perhaps 10cm higher than I used to. I only hope is lasts. The thought of metal hips is terrifying. From all I've heard, you have 15 to 25 years before you're in a wheelchair.
Once the cartilage is worn away completely there's not much hope but I do wonder how many people could avoid the metal that doctors are so quick to proscribe.

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