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Riding with joint replacement

Post by eastkytriker » Mon Apr 22, 2019 4:42 pm



I got a new knee in Feb, Getting a new hip in May. Is anyone out there still riding with the replacement joints. I ride Gl 1800/ Roadsmith trike.



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Re: Riding with joint replacement

Post by 823JIM » Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:26 pm

5 years ago I had my left knee replaced, before I had mine done my brother had both of his replaced. We both are currently riding two wheel Goldwing's, doing long distance trips. Rode to Sturgis two up pulling a trailer, 909 miles first day out. If you follow your doctors instructions and do all your therapy as instructed by your therapist you should have no problem riding what ever you decide to ride. I also have a friend who has had a hip and still rides his Harley.
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Re: Riding with joint replacement

Post by eastkytriker » Mon Apr 22, 2019 7:53 pm

823JIM wrote:
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5 years ago I had my left knee replaced, before I had mine done my brother had both of his replaced. We both are currently riding two wheel Goldwing's, doing long distance trips. Rode to Sturgis two up pulling a trailer, 909 miles first day out. If you follow your doctors instructions and do all your therapy as instructed by your therapist you should have no problem riding what ever you decide to ride. I also have a friend who has had a hip and still rides his Harley.
Thanks for the encouraging reply. I am sure hoping i can still ride. I'm 65 yrs old so id like to have some more good yrs after this bump in the road. Trike riding is a big enjoyment to me and wife. We take some overnite trips but not like you do.

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Re: Riding with joint replacement

Post by MikeB » Mon Apr 22, 2019 8:30 pm

New hips are the easiest.
I was back on the bike after a right hip replacement in three weeks.
Replacement on Dec 7th. Was healed up enough to ride on new years day.
Physical Therapy is the key. Did therapy almost every day and the work paid off.
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Re: Riding with joint replacement

Post by eastkytriker » Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:52 pm

Sounds like you are one that it didn’t even slow down. I’ll be happy if I can just be movable without pain in 2 wks. This knee has really kicked my tail but the hip got so bad I had to quit therapy on knee so I don’t know how good the knee is until I get the hip

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Re: Riding with joint replacement

Post by MikeB » Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:46 am

Recovery from knee replacement is always tough. A shoulder is bad too. But hip joint replacement usually is an easy recovery.
What will make the hip surgery recovery the easiest is the anterior approach to the replacement. The posterior approach cuts too many muscles and makes for a difficult recovery.
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Re: Riding with joint replacement

Post by eastkytriker » Tue Apr 23, 2019 10:03 am

MikeB wrote:
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Recovery from knee replacement is always tough. A shoulder is bad too. But hip joint replacement usually is an easy recovery.
What will make the hip surgery recovery the easiest is the anterior approach to the replacement. The posterior approach cuts too many muscles and makes for a difficult recovery.
thanks for the reply the anterior approach sounds a lot better but I don’t know yet what I’m getting

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Post by tamathumper » Tue Apr 23, 2019 10:08 am

My sister just had both hips done after years of pain, one shortly after the other, and was up and walking on each replacement after a few days.

Shame on me for asking if she got the "heavy duty units" after having "exceeded the load rating of the factory equipment".

But hey, this is my time to get her back for years of childhood trauma. :lol:
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Re: Riding with joint replacement

Post by MikeB » Tue Apr 23, 2019 10:18 am

eastkytriker wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 10:03 am
MikeB wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 9:46 am
Recovery from knee replacement is always tough. A shoulder is bad too. But hip joint replacement usually is an easy recovery.
What will make the hip surgery recovery the easiest is the anterior approach to the replacement. The posterior approach cuts too many muscles and makes for a difficult recovery.
thanks for the reply the anterior approach sounds a lot better but I don’t know yet what I’m getting
The type of surgery you get is your choice. It's not the doctor's choice. If he cannot do the anterior approach I would find a different doctor. A good orthopedic surgeon will be able to do either approach and unless there's some kind of complication they should recommend the anterior approach.
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Re: Riding with joint replacement

Post by Viking » Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:59 am

Heck, easytriker, as you say, you are on a trike. If you can get on it, you can ride it. It would be my choice if I lost a limb, or got vertigo or some such, but just joint replacements mean I am still gonna be riding on two. So far, I have good joints so none needing replacement. Maybe I am one of the lucky ones.... I am just gonna go knock on some wood now. :mrgreen:
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Re: Riding with joint replacement

Post by eastkytriker » Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:33 pm

tamathumper wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 10:08 am
My sister just had both hips done after years of pain, one shortly after the other, and was up and walking on each replacement after a few days.

Shame on me for asking if she got the "heavy duty units" after having "exceeded the load rating of the factory equipment".

But hey, this is my time to get her back for years of childhood trauma. :lol:
Sounds like she done great. You might want to be careful what you say because she might be able to out run you with them New joints

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Re: Riding with joint replacement

Post by raven41951 » Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:35 pm

After losing 95% of last year's riding to a severely torn meniscus I had a total right knee replacement on December 12, 2018. I was a up and around in two weeks and after following Doc and PT's instructions, I spent the month of March at the Silver Dollar Shooters Club in Florida shooting over 4,000 targets, standing on it all day. I only got better (stronger) every day. I've already taken the 'Wing out this year and now that we have had our spring rains (to remove road salt), it will come out for the season. The knee is fine and stronger than ever. Now (May 15) I am having arthroscopic on the left knee for a mildly torn meniscus with a 2 day recovery time expected. Probably due to favoring the right knee for 9 months.

Do what your Doctor and especially your physical therapist says and you'll be back on your wing in 3 months, 4 max.

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Re: Riding with joint replacement

Post by raven41951 » Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:43 pm

To clarify, I am referring to your knee replacement, not the hip. It was explained to me that hips are ball and sockets where the knee is tendons and ligaments so hip recovery is quicker. You will still need to finish knee therapy to get your range of movement maximized. At 3 months I was 120+ degrees and now even better and can ride with no discomfort. After 120, every degree is a lot of painful exercise for a 67 year old.

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Re: Riding with joint replacement

Post by eastkytriker » Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:55 pm

Thanks raven, sounds like you did great hope i can get the same sucess

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Re: Riding with joint replacement

Post by tamathumper » Tue Apr 23, 2019 2:09 pm

eastkytriker wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:33 pm
Sounds like she done great. You might want to be careful what you say because she might be able to out run you with them New joints
Nah, she still has considerably more wind resistance.
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Re: Riding with joint replacement

Post by tsandvik » Wed May 01, 2019 5:38 am

Had both knees done at same time 5 years ago. Able to ride within 4 months. Took 6,000 mile trip 2 years ago. Daily rider and commuter.
The trick is to do the therapy without fail or slacking. Plus walk, walk, walk. The first few weeks were not easy but the results were great.
67 now and riding everyday unless its raining.

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Re: Riding with joint replacement

Post by eastkytriker » Wed May 01, 2019 5:51 am

tsandvik wrote:
Wed May 01, 2019 5:38 am
Had both knees done at same time 5 years ago. Able to ride within 4 months. Took 6,000 mile trip 2 years ago. Daily rider and commuter.
The trick is to do the therapy without fail or slacking. Plus walk, walk, walk. The first few weeks were not easy but the results were great.
67 now and riding everyday unless its raining.
. Good for you l hope I can have same success I’m sure going to try cause I sure miss riding. Thanks for the reply and keep on keepen on

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Re: Riding with joint replacement

Post by GLRT » Wed May 01, 2019 7:55 am

This works and is sporty




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Post by eastkytriker » Wed May 01, 2019 7:58 am

GLRT wrote:
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This works and is sporty



Great looking ride and it should work

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Re: Riding with joint replacement

Post by Boatingrtb » Wed May 01, 2019 1:37 pm

Picking the right PT is just as important as picking the right surgeon! period.

There's nothing more important than doing your research in both these areas.

From personal experience.

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Re: Riding with joint replacement

Post by SteveSS » Wed May 01, 2019 6:47 pm

Had left hip replacement 3 years ago and it was a breeze. My only problem is that I can't ride more than about 100 miles before my my butt hurts on that side and I need to stand up for a while. I wish there were after market seat options for the GL1200A.

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Re: Riding with joint replacement

Post by eastkytriker » Wed May 01, 2019 6:51 pm

At least you are able to ride I’ve always been ready for a stretch around that time. Thanks for the response and keep riding

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Re: Riding with joint replacement

Post by knotjohnson » Thu May 02, 2019 10:59 pm

Hope yours is good with quick recovery. So many positive replies to your post, I really hate to be the one to open the other side. 2002 left hip replaced after years of pain. Bottom line was my riding was done. I fell into that small percentage that the procedure only made things worse. Sold the GL1500. 13 years later almost to the day in 2015 the right hip had to be replaced, I had already put it off several years but could not wait any longer, it just hurt to much. What were the odds? It was 2002 all over again! Another hip replacement that didn't help. I had done everything that was asked of me, Dr orders, PT, PT in the pool, and lastly 10 years of pills. I'm clean now, but it was a dark time. I still have hip issues but I decided that I had lost enough and started riding again. My 1st choice was a 2008 Yamaha Royal Star Venture. Only dropped it once because the hip didn't support me at a stop. That bike may just have been a little to big to start riding after 13 years. 2017 I upgraded to a 2015 GL1800. I've done OK riding, some days are better than others. I just do what I can and rest stop as needed. 2016 and 2018 I was able to ride cross country, Washington to Maryland, and back. Both trips were approximately 8000 miles each with a mix of camping and motels. Joint replacement has not been good to me but as I said, I fell (twice) in the very small percentage of hip procedures that were less that helpful. No matter the outcome, riding can be done. Just depends how much you want it. just my opinion from my experience.

All the best and good luck.

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Re: Riding with joint replacement

Post by eastkytriker » Fri May 03, 2019 1:36 am

So sorry for your not so good hip replacement. Like you said you are in the small percentage that doesn’t do well but I’m sure everybody recovers different. Sounds like you are making the best of a bad deal. I hope mine will help to the point of getting rid of the pain and being able to walk again then everything else will be a bonus. Keep getting your wind therapy.

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Re: Riding with joint replacement

Post by larrythecabinetguy » Fri May 03, 2019 5:43 pm

Gentlemen, and Ladies alike: Not sure if this is exactly "on topic". The joint replacement of the future is here, already. Stem cell therapy is becoming the go-to method for dealing with many 'body repairs'. The stem cells can be derived from your own fat cells, or cord blood donation. This is, like all things, an area that needs to be investigated thoroughly by the candidate for joint repair and the practitioner should be well vetted. There are some remarkable anecdotal cases, and the science is solid. I won't belabor the details here, except to say that if you are having a nagging joint issue, or any other tissue problem, the earlier the treatment the better and you owe it to yourself to look at all options. Most folks do not realize this is even being done here in the States, and your sawbones is not likely to let you know about it. The procedure is about as complicated as a steroid injection, and can be done as an outpatient or office visit. And, no, I do not represent any organization, practice, or health cult. Just a retired nurse who wishes I knew then what I know now so I could have done a lot more good.



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