Glad I found this site to get some information about hip replacements About 6 weeks ago I was getting some of my motorcycles ready for the winter, running the gas out by draining the tanks and running them out. When I got off the last one I swung my leg over the bike to get off I think I must have ripped the last piece of cartilage out of my hip socket. I went to put my foot down and got a stabbing pain in my hip. After about 20 minutes I could start to put a little weight on it. Since that time it got to the point where I could walk ok, but it hurt all the time. Now it is definitely slowing me down. walking is just to get where I need to go. Went and visited my local orthopedic shop last Thursday. In the Xray it shows the ball on the femur resting directly on the hip bone. The doc looks at me and tells me that since I've made to 60 without any cardiac/diabetes/not on any meds, I gotta pretty good shot at making 85-90. He says but that hip isn't going that distance with you. Osteoarthritis and bone on bone. In about 4 weeks we have a family trip planned to Disney which of course involves a lot of walking. Talking with the PA at my visit he seemed to think after looking at the xray I have a few options- Lose some weight, definitely have about 20-25 pounds I don't need, do some physical therapy, get a cortisone shot, and when it gets bad enough, the operation. I'm going to go for the cortisone shot one more time since we are taking a vacation to Disney in 4 weeks that is going to involve lots of walking. We're timing the shot to make the most of the relief I get if any happens while we're away. I'm thinking that while the pain right now is not debilitating, it is constant and it definitely keeps me from being active. I hate sitting around, not a fan of TV, plus my dogs need to go for walks too. I've had problems off and on for about 6 years now. Back when it first started it was mostly when I sat a certain way. I did get a cortisone shot about 3 years ago, and most of the time since then it has been pretty good. No real pain issues, but lots of stiffness and lack of mobility but it didn't hurt and I could do anything I wanted, walking, jogging, riding dirt bikes. Walking 10 miles was not a problem. I'm kinda worried about the stabbing pain I had when I got off my bike. If that happens again, what if it doesn't go away? It was like an 8 or 9 on a scale of 10, and if it didn't go away I would be on crutches or a wheelchair. The xray this time definitely looked worse than the one I had around 2012 I'm thinking I want to get this over with so around springtime I will be able to at least go out and walk. As I get older I really dislike the winter season, and in the summer if I'm not working I simply enjoy being outside moving.