Monday, January 25, 2016

Diagnosis - Heterotopic Ossification

Follow up from my last post for my hip challenged triker buds.

It's taking a little longer then planned to get back to pushing pedals. The anti-inflamitories have eased matters up a bit and taking it easy has almost gotten me back to normal...at least my version of normal. I'm starting physical therapy in a couple of days with my #1 PT, Custom Physical Therapy. I'll follow the PT up with some easy trik'n.

Final diagnosis...heterotopic ossification in the soft tissue of my right hip. Sorted details for heterotopic ossification here. Now that I'm returning to my former glory the right hip feels the same as it as for the last year. In the end it seems that I'm no worse off than before I stressed out my hip about 4 weeks ago. Again, it was not cycling related, whew.



The x-ray shows my right hip and the offending bits of calcium buildup just above the femur most likely due to inadequate irrigation of the area following hip replacement surgery. Thanks Dr. Yun for the souvenir.


Thursday, January 14, 2016

Hip Pain .... Again

Followup to this post was posted 1/25

Luckily it looks like my new hip pain will be resolved one way or another.

I've been on my 700 only two times this new year. But I plan on getting back to my normal three rides a week routine next week.

The following read is meant for my hip replacement brethren.

For the last two years I've done well, not perfect, with my hip replacements done back in late 2103. Just recently my right hip has been knocking me for a loop. A deep pain that has sidelined me for nearly two weeks has finally been diagnosed. It looks like the soft tissue around my new hip joint (the capsule) has gone through some calcification and recently I asked to much of my new joint (not cycling related) and thus the pain flair up. The calcification is believed to be due from tiny particles of bone debris in the soft tissue left behind from my hip replacement surgery. Just knowing what is going on deep within my hip was the start of making it better.

SO

1st - A heavy dose of anti-inflammatory.

2nd - If needed, a cortisone injection.

3rd - The final option, a surgical removal of the offending tissue.

Already, after a loading dose of  anti-inflammatory I'm already feeling better...or maybe not. Give it time.

I plan on being back on my 700 early next week. Getting old can make life a little more challenging but my trike (and my beautiful wife) keep me going.