Sometimes, fellow racers are more helpful than doctors, especially if you don’t have access to high end sport people. I had a long talk with Uncle Gary ( condolences to Gary and Sharmin on the passing of their beloved kitty), and he set me straight on a few simple things.
1. “If I did what Doctors told me, I’d have quit racing 15 years ago.”
2. “If you can do it, do it.”
My hip isn’t that bad. I’m pretty sure I won’t need the scope. I can walk! Not much pain, even. Gary loaded me up on his hip horrors, and added detail from Steve…the bottom line, if you can walk, the bike is physical therapy. Look at the happy quote from the American Physical Therapy Association!
Cycling For Healthy Hips
For many people, cycling is a great way to keep their hips in shape. Whether you choose to ride outside or to work out on a stationary bike, cycling helps maintain muscle tone and fluid joint movement without undue shock and pressure on the joint. (If you have an existing hip injury or condition, be sure to get your physical therapist’s approval before exercising.)
Now, that’s much happier than the first line of most information on hip fracture:
Why is a hip fracture so serious?
People who sustain a hip fracture are more likely to die than a person of the same age who does not experience this injury. About 20 percent of people who have a hip fracture die within a year of their injury. It is estimated that only one in four persons have a total recovery from a hip fracture.
So today I hopped on the trainer for 30 minutes….40 tomorrow….