- Sep 27, 2015
- United Kingdom
I am 73, but in good physical shape, not overweight, and pretty active. I do a lot of work in the countryside. Eighteen weeks ago I had a total left hip replacement. I am still unable to take an even pace without limping badly, and am largely reliant on a walking stick. What has gone wrong? My physio puts it down to gluteal weakness (but this seems to be a trendy diagnosis these days and I'm not convinced). A chiropractor that I have considerable faith in believes there may also be nerve damage and that muscles are firing in the wrong order. I had a right hip replacement 5 years ago - no problem. The incision this time, by the way, was posterior-lateral. What is frustrating is that I can do 15 mins + working on a cross trainer in the fitness centre, and the walking movement seems to be unaffected . . . so long as I hold onto the bars. I can stand on the left leg . . . so long as I have one finger balancing me against the wall, Take the finger away and I fall over. Any hints gratefully received. Currently I feel as if I am going to be disabled for the rest of my earthly!