THR 10 mo post THR, potential loosening, need advice.

Good morning! I am few days shy of 4 months since surgery, and have been doing so so well activity wise. Cycling almost every day has been what really helped me put any residual muscle and tendon pains to bed. I'm feeling stronger every day and swimming 10 lapses at least 4 times / week now.

For the past 2-3 weeks as I am moving more and more I have been getting this sensation of popping, clicking in my hip. With no pain whatsoever. It usually happens at home and not during exercise. I read online that this could be normal and as muscles get stronger it will go away. I really would prefer to not contact my OS office about every little thing, so I wanted to ask if very mild popping and clicking in the hip in the first few months something that folks here experienced as well?
 
@KittensMom Sounds like you are doing really well with this recovery!

The clicking, popping or clunking sensation post op is very normal. Muscles, soft tissues and tendons still need to tighten up around the joint. This should ease with time.
 
@KittensMom Sounds like you are doing really well with this recovery!

The clicking, popping or clunking sensation post op is very normal. Muscles, soft tissues and tendons still need to tighten up around the joint. This should ease with time.
Thank you @Jaycey, that's a relief :) I feel like I should maybe put more attention to the physio exercises, I have just been enjoying being outside and not being so good at exercising at home.
 
I feel like I should maybe put more attention to the physio exercises
Go back to page one, post number 3 of this thread and read the Big Tip. Hips don't need PT exercises. Walking is the best rehab for a new hip. Once it is fully healed, then you can start strengthening and training exercises.
 
Popping and clicking has happened to me, it has even happened recently on my right, and then it goes away. Sounds like your cycling and swimming is pretty good physio, what more are you looking or?
 
Popping and clicking has happened to me, it has even happened recently on my right, and then it goes away. Sounds like your cycling and swimming is pretty good physio, what more are you looking or?

Actually don't have time to do anything more, but thought maybe I was not hitting the right muscle groups (ones physio exercises might target better). I want to do right by this new hip :D

But it sounds like I can just keep enjoying the movements that I like :)
 
Hi All, hope you are having a good day! I have a question about sauna.

I'm nearly 4,5 months after surgery, and have been swimming a lot as it's helping my chronic stress and anxiety. There is a Swedish stone sauna available at the pool, and I read that using a sauna 3-4 times a week is also beneficial for lowering stress. I'm wondering if this is something I could start with at this stage?

What are your thoughts/experience?
 
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Hi KittensMom,
It's good to read that you're benefitting from the use of a pool / swimming. To be sure it's okay to use a sauna, you may want reassurance from your surgeon, but in doing a quick search here, I did find a member questioning sauna's and BoneSmart's Nurse Emeritus, Josephine, did give them a nod in favor of the sauna. You can find the post through using the SEARCH at the top right of the page. I believe I just typed in "sauna".
Best wishes as you continue healing!
@KittensMom
 
Hello. Just popping in to say I am going to cycle some intense hills to and from work tomorrow (but only 20km), please keep your fingers crossed for me and my hip :D

It's been 5,5 months since surgery now and I have forgotten about having this funny thing in my thigh until last Friday after walking 72k steps in 4 days on vacation in Nice. Something that felt like "here and there" nerve pain appeared, but went away with an afternoon's rest and a good night sleep, no painkillers.

I am so so happy I had this procedure. I go to regular gym classes now, I can walk as much as I need to (but clearly not to excess :D), I swim, cycle...

Occasions when I become aware of it is when I jump around while dancing. Nothing hurts but there is a signal that goes off in my brain that this is a délicatesse activity, to be enjoyed in very small amounts for now ;)

I thought I would share this positive update from my end, this forum has helped me tremendously in the first months, and the whole ordeal would have been 100x more stressful without it, so thank you :)
 
@KittensMom Thanks for stopping by! What a great update! I am sure members who are considering surgery will appreciate your positive outcome. Well done!
 
@KittensMom Even 12 years post RTHR if I overdo my activity, my hip will let me know with mild ache and limping. But this only happens when I truly overdo my movement and physicality such as when I moved from one house to another. Otherwise, I live a most excellent life, full of yoga, workouts, movement, and activity.

You are only four months post-surgery. I suspect that your time in Nice tuckered you out. I suggest that you should treat your body and hip judiciously for a full 12 months.
 
Hello! It has been 7,5 months since my THR and end of September to mid October I was a lot less active, even walking very little due to work commitments and overwhelm. I notice now that when I do housework for a few hours, which includes for example carrying a heavy laundry basket, I get some pain mid-tigh, and I start limping a bit. It does eventually go away with an alvadon or an ibuprofen, but I don't know... it gave me a bit of panic that I may be somehow stuck with it now.

This makes me a bit afraid to return to any strength training (I am not an avid gym goer but I was doing a bit here and there before the stressful weeks in autumn.

My hip doesn't hurt, it's always the mid thigh. Normal or should I contact my OS office?
 
My personal experience with my RTHR was that it was the world's best hip replacement. Thus I am not familiar with your concern. But yes. it is entirely reasonable to contact your surgeon. Plan to provide as much information as you can: times of day when the pain occurs, activities, eating, etc. And yes, it is advisable to go easy on the exercise for the near future. God bless you.
 
carrying a heavy laundry basket
New hips hate heavy lifting or twisting. It was months before I could do either of these activities without my hip complaining.

Just keep active. Try and build up the lifting gradually. This will all ease with time.
 
I'm writing this update to unburden myself a little, I know no one here will diagnose me but I am just having a crappy day, so here it is.

I mentioned a month ago that I was having an on and off pain in the operated leg. Everything seems to be getting worse. Two weeks ago 5k steps per day became too much to do without pain. Then standing for any longer than 30 min (doing stuff in the house, washing dishes). Today I already woke up with pain.

Pain is here and there. Sometimes mid tigh, sometimes below, about 10cm above the knee. Sometimes on the outer side of the leg. And sometimes it feels like the pain before the surgery, somewhere in the buttocks or in the joint (which I know... I don't have anymore). In the evenings I have this feeling of restlessness in the leg. Which is odd, because I do get like restless leg syndrome, but typically in the left, non-operated leg.

The worst is when it hurts putting weight on the leg. It's more difficult to deal with now that I have had a taste of pain free life and started to let go of the trauma of years of pain a little :-(

I called my OS, the nurse came back today. Asked if I was doing physio, I replied honestly that I have been walking less, doing less, because I am scared of the pain. There are no appointments before the holidays, the doctor will call January 10th, and in person app only on January 28th.

Thankfully I had a rheumatologist appointment today and she ordered CRP and ESR blood tests and I am going for an xray on Monday. She did a quick ultrasound of the joint in her office and said she couldn't see any fluid. The blood tests have since come back normal. In fact, I have normal ESR for the first time since I was 15yo (I'm 37).

But I'm still worried about infection. Or something else being terribly wrong... Both rheumy and OS nurse told me to go back to physio. But I am very skeptical. To me if feels like something is not right. I will start on some ibuprofen today as advised by the doctor. If I was doing more activity and I had pain, I would not be worried. But the fact that I am doing less and it hurts more and more often, it's really worrying me.
 
Oh dear, I am so sorry! Of course you feel the need to unburden, many of us would too.
What a bad time to ask to get worked in, with the holidays.. ugh! (To see your OS.)
Hopefully with the call, your OS will ask for some sort of imaging to check your prosthetic but what great news about your blood test results! Doesn’t that rule out infection? Not certain about that but it’s seems to be a very good sign.
Maybe grab that cane, dust it off and hopefully the time between now and January 10 goes quickly with minimal stress. ((Hugs))
 
This morning I went for an xray of the hip (ahead of my call with the OS scheduled for next week), and 10 hours later I took a big fall on the icy pavement... I have been so so careful in the winter weather, walking very slowly everywhere. I went to take the trash out and on my way back, I slipped and fell on the non-operative side.

My left hip and my palm took the brunt of the fall, I am a little bit bruised up. I didn't feel any impact or twist on the operative side. Not sure if this warrants another call to the OS office if I don't feel any different?

Mostly I got frightened. I have been thinking of getting winter shoes with spikes on, but delaying due to the cost. I really hope everything will be fine.
 

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