Hip Replacement – Getting Going Again

9 11 2018

Just a very quick update on my post hip-replacement recovery and how it’s going for those who are interested…

In an e-mail from my friend Nicole, who had her hip replaced a few years ago now, she mentioned she’d gone up a hill, in fact a Corbett! (Scottish hill over 2500 feet) at 10 weeks post op. I realised I was at around the same stage and I’d best buck my ideas up, especially as she was having far more pain and trouble than me at that stage!

So, Tuesday this week, I went up Binsey with Richard. I hate coming back down the same way so, although we went up the extremely easy route, I decided we should just bash down the steep side on rough ground for a gate through the fell wall by a farm on the Bewaldeth road. We then walked back along the lovely quiet lane. All had gone well and I was pretty delighted.


Binsey in the distance

The next day we were visiting Keswick so we decided to also nip up Barrow. We both found this much harder – the ridge is pretty long and really goes on and the wind was obnoxiously strong and against us. Luckily I’d taken a pole to fend the mountainside off when the wind tried to blow me over (quite a few times).

Yesterday, to complete the hat-trick, I decided to go up a small hill local to my caravan – Green How (on my own as Richard had gone home). So that’s 3 hills in 3 days. I gave my leg a day off today!

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19 11 2018
tessapark1969

Glad to hear you are back out on the hills.

People seem to either love or hate poles. I’m quite reliant on mine as I have a dodgy back and my knees aren’t great either but they can be a hindrance on ground where the odd bit of hands on stuff is needed.

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15 11 2018
bowlandclimber

Glad you are making progress.
I don’t understand your aversion to ‘poles’ as if used correctly they take up to 30% strain off your legs [ which includes your knees and HIPS]
I’ve been using them for maybe 30 years or more and have covered more miles in difficult terrain than most. My joints are surviving well for 70 years+, I know its the luck of the draw.
Maybe think again.

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16 11 2018
mountaincoward

My dislike of poles is for a few reasons. Firstly, I find it very hard work to have to work my arms as well as my legs. I usually have my hands on my hips going uphill to keep my chest open as I have very limited lung capacity – with poles, I can’t do that. I also like my hands completely free on tricky ground as I’m very grabby!

It’s also a nuisance to have to see where you’re placing them as well as your feet – a bit like having 4 legs to co-ordinate.

But my very main reason is that, if you’re using poles, you’re not building and maintaining the correct muscles around your joints to protect them (in my view).

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16 11 2018
chrissiedixie

Interesting that, Carol. I tend to use poles a bit when backpacking ie: carrying heavier loads than normal, but when I’m backpacking out with Pebbles I can’t, as they get in the way with her. The funny thing is that I sometimes feel I make better progress without them, and certainly don’t feel as though I miss them when I’ve got Pebbles with me. This has recently got me to wondering whether the poles are actually good for me – I’ve started to worry that I might be losing muscle tone in my thighs etc through using them too much! Thought I might be the only one thinking that, but obviously not….

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17 11 2018
mountaincoward

I must admit I ran using poles past my physios when I started with the hip problems and they told me not to bother but just to build my glutes up. If I was carrying a heavy bothying or camping pack though, I would consider them and have sometimes used them. But I carry very little on the hill and don’t weigh much myself so don’t think there’s much weight normally to support.

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14 11 2018
Mark

Well done on the first hill post-opp. It’ll be the first of many. My partner did Pen-y Ghent 10 weeks after her first hip replacement. There was bit of bum shuffling in the rocky steps on the way down but she was elated with the outing. Now she’s had the other hip done there’s no holding her back. Regularly does 10 miles and sometimes a lot further……….🏃‍♀️👏🏻

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14 11 2018
mountaincoward

I did 6.5 miles yesterday and 2 ‘hills’ but they were only really easy stuff around Kendal (the 2 scars if you know them). We had a great day though and I really enjoyed it.

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14 11 2018
Mark

Sounds you’re making good use of the mild weather. The thing that my partner finds frustrating is that her balance hasn’t returned to how it was before the operations. She now uses walking poles for added security. She hates the things!

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15 11 2018
mountaincoward

I hate poles too. I have to say my balance is being pretty good actually. The only thing I’m struggling with just now is that things like my glutes aren’t up to a hard day’s steep ascent yet. Did Grayrigg Common from near the M6 the other day – wanted to do that for years and years now. Very wet!

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11 11 2018
Blue Sky Scotland

Great to see you are back on the hills. Good for the feel good factor as well getting the natural high of exercise and mountain views.

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11 11 2018
mountaincoward

I was very pleased to be back on the hills – been dying to get up one for weeks now!

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10 11 2018
chrissiedixie

That’s brilliant, Carol!

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10 11 2018
mountaincoward

Yes – I’m definitely happier after those!

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10 11 2018
John Bainbridge

Good to hear you are out and about.

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10 11 2018
mountaincoward

Well I’ve been out and about since week 2 but just around the local lanes. I was pretty excited to get back up a hill again though – even the small ones!

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9 11 2018
Jim R

Good for you. It is a confidence builder.

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10 11 2018
mountaincoward

Yes it certainly is. I’ve started really easy with those hills but it gives me confidence I can get back up the bigger stuff when I’ve built up more muscle. Still need the leg length thing sorting though…

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9 11 2018
the Severe climber

Brilliant! Well done. The first few of many more.

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10 11 2018
mountaincoward

I’m well chuffed. I’m in Kendal for a few days soon so hoping to get a couple more small hills done around there. Probably Scout Scar and The Helm above Oxenholme.

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