hips got me...anyone else

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  1. sphinx780

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    Well, maybe I can give you a little hope too. I'm 37 and have a genetic defect in both hips. The right was fully impinged, the left is a few years behind. I thought my hip flexors just needed more stretching/strengthening...nope, full arthritis in both to the tune of a 70 year old. In December I had the right replaced, weathered the first month of recovery and when I could, got to physical therapy. I was on the court 4 months after and could run balls down I hadn't chased in 3+ years.

    I was a middling 4.5 and would say that out of the gate I'm a high 4.0 now but am working my way back up...a lot of it is re-organizing my game now that I can hit shots I haven't had in quite some time. The hip replacement increased my mobility and I haven't had any pain since. This has also taken pressure off my left hip after about 6 months and consistent workouts to protect everything. The left symptoms are drastically reduced, which will only push that replacement out further.

    At 40, I would think you will recover quick and get back to playing at or near the level you were as long as you keep putting the right pieces in place. Take advantage of physical therapy after the 3 month mark when the bone is fully fused.
     
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  2. markwillplay

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    take your time. I have had both of my hips replaced now. I had some soft tissue issues (comes with the territory) but after several years I am starting to hit again. I had issues with my first one (metal on metal) and some other things came down the pike. When it rains it pours. I am a hip surgery expert for sure. I have had 7 surgeries in 5 years. Some soft tissue and of course the replacemsnets and a hernia. Bottom line is that being in excellent shape helped me a ton. I will tell you this, I did not have the anterior approach but I had a minimal invasive approach. After 6 weeks....does not make a difference. This surgery is easy to recover from (I should know) but you do NOT need to push it. You MUST trust me on that. Let your body guide you. After recovering from so many surgeries I now completely understand that there is a fine line between doing enough and too much. I have done both. Be smart. Your body will tell you what you can do. Good luck. I am enjoying hitting now and plan to keep at it. I am now 45 but have been using weights illiptical, walking etc... the entire time. Mobility will never be what it was, but then again, the older you get, never is. I don't care to compete at a 4.0 level again, but who knows, I may get into some 3.5 clay tournaments eventually. CLAY is your frined for sure.
     
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  3. Rafaisdabest

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    I have hip displaysia in both hips it's genetic I have to have hip replacements in both hips eventually I am currently doing Pilates to strengthen my hips for the operation but leaving the operation for as long as possible because I'm still so young
     
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  4. TennisMD

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    Metal on metal NOT a good idea, currently not being used causes metallosis
     
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  5. sphinx780

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    Wow, glad to hear you are hitting. My true goal is simply to be able to be on the courts at any level. I spend more time doing my PT work than on the courts and expect that to be the case going forward. I've been told over and over, let pain be your guide and listen to your body so I'm trying to keep that the focus.
     
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  6. Fintft

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    Sorry to hear about your big problems! I had some minor hip problems 10 days ago (aggravated that weekend by playing basketball) and I was so happy yesterday when they finally seem to have gone away and me to move properly in baseline rallies against a hard hitter (in his mid thirties, me being way older then you).

    Gl!
     
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  7. markwillplay

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    I got the metal onmetal out. No need to give me that warning (ha ha ha) been there done that. Ceramic for both.
     
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  8. Pneumated1

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    My orthopedic thought I was a good candidate for arthroscopic on both hips, so had the left one done 9 months ago, followed by the right one a month later. The X-rays on my right side led him to believe that I was on the verge of arthritis, but things change once they actually get in there. My right hip had large cam and pincer impingements, but my labrum on that side was in much better shape than the left, and the articular cartilage was nearly pristine . . . somehow, go figure. The left hip, which was more painful but showed less impingement was in worse shape: my labrum was worn so thin that he could only debride it, unlike the right hip, where he did a full labral repair. And of course he shaved the impingements on both sides. The good news is that my spacing is good for both.

    I've hit a few times, and hitting a ball I'm fine, but I'm not trying any dynamic running or movements at this point. A beach trip a month ago and a lot of activity in the ocean, along with two rounds of golf, irritated my left side a bit. The real test was this last weekend when we moved, and I and a few friends did it all--all the lifting and everything involved. Again, the left side started to get that familiar burning/pulling sensation, but it just got better the more I did.

    My ortho said to count a year for complete healing. I probably won't get even halfway serious about tennis until then. My right hip feels very strong, and the left is much better, but I hope all of this wasn't a little too late to save it. And btw, I'm 42
     
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