Riding with joint replacement


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I am managing to hang onto the joints God gave me, but my right knee is bad from an old car accident. I stalled on replacing it for an entire decade waiting for stem cell therapy and finally had the shot about two months ago. The improvement is real, but not dramatic. I am optimistic that over the next year or so the meniscus will regrow and the knee will make a full recovery.

I also suffered a stroke two years ago. I had to relearn to walk and still use a cane most of the time. My left arm and hand are still numb and spastic. I tried riding my two-wheel Wing and could not hold it up. I bought a Can-Am Spyder but did not like the seating or the handling. I put Landing Gear on the Wing, but still could not control it and took a very slow speed dump. Last week I bought a Wing with a Hannigan trike conversion, have ridden it almost every day and am very happy. As the man said “if you can get on it you can ride it”. The other Wing and the Spyder are for sale.



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Hope it works for you and you can have some good knees again

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Northwings-Glad you are getting out on the road again. I am still on two wheels, on the same model bike you triked, and will not hesitate to do three wheels if necessary. Best of all good things with your journey back to health and down the road!

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Ii've gad my rigtht hip replaced May/2017, recovery took about a month and get back on ridding after 3 month, it was winter anyway; and I'm still riding my 1500 with only 76 springs on my account.
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Yeah you should have no problems. Knees are hard, hips are easy. I had my left hip replaced in 2010. No problem. Don't sweat it. Good luck and ride safe, far and often. :D Tony

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TwoTone Trike wrote:
Sat May 04, 2019 10:48 pm
Yeah you should have no problems. Knees are hard, hips are easy. I had my left hip replaced in 2010. No problem. Don't sweat it. Good luck and ride safe, far and often. :D Tony
Thanks for reply. I’m sure anxious to get recovery started so I can get to riding again

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gipsy42 wrote:
Sat May 04, 2019 7:35 pm
Ii've gad my rigtht hip replaced May/2017, recovery took about a month and get back on ridding after 3 month, it was winter anyway; and I'm still riding my 1500 with only 76 springs on my account.
Sounds good I can accept that time frame

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larrythecabinetguy wrote:
Sat May 04, 2019 5:35 pm
Northwings-Glad you are getting out on the road again. I am still on two wheels, on the same model bike you triked, and will not hesitate to do three wheels if necessary. Best of all good things with your journey back to health and down the road!
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I found that triking an older bike is too expensive. In our area, triking a Wing with Hannigan runs about $15,000, whether the bike is new or pushing 20 years. In my case, the $15,000 upgrade would make my $8,000 bike worth $15,000, losing my original investment. Despite the emotional attachment to the the 04, it was better to buy the 05 already triked and (hopefully) sell the 04. I hope to recover some of the cost of the Landing Gear, but if the buyer doesn’t want it, I’ll have it removed and sent back to Chopper Designs.

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Oh yeah. It is definitely cheaper to get one that has already been 'invested' in. I have an 05 a I got a little while back and would do the same as you. Although, I will say the sticker is still a bit of a shock even then!

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Hailey64 wrote:
Mon May 06, 2019 3:16 am
Sounds like you are one that it didn't back off. I'll be glad in the event that I can simply be versatile without agony in 2 wks. This knee has truly kicked my tail however the hip got so awful I needed to stop treatment on knee so I don't have a clue how great the knee is until I get the hip
I am in the same situation as you got the new knee then the hip got so bad had to stop pt on the knee so I dont know how its all going to work

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I know I'm chiming in late, but I have two shot knees - torn and worn meniscus - #1 on my right knee and #1.5 on my left - with #0 being bone on bone. This gives me encouragement that I won't have to stop riding when they finally get me my new knees. I'm only 44 and the doctors have told me that I'm too young for a replacement joint. I've had the orthoscopic surgery on my right knee and that helped with removing the constant sharp pain. My left knee will sometimes get a sharp, stabbing pain but not near as bad as the other was.

Doing the physio is key to getting and keeping your mobility. I have, unfortunately, switched from my 83 Aspencade to a forward control Suzuki Boulevard - but now my knees can now handle rides longer than 20 minutes.
My wife is the greatest - she won't let me sell my bike - I'm less grumpy when I ride...

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823JIM wrote:
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.
I had a knee replacement in Feb 2019 started riding April with no problems.

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Sounds like that knee went well for you. Enjoy the ride

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OK, Had arthroscopic for a torn meniscus yesterday, that happened two weeks prior to completing PT for the knee replacement. NOW I hear its fairly common, wish I had heard it sooner. I don't know why they gave me a script for oxycodone because I have very little pain. About the same amount as before the procedure but in different places. Supposed to be on crutches for two days but the Doc said I could put full weight on it as pain allowed. I've already been out for a walk and plan on resuming normal activities (within limits) tomorrow. The wing has been calling me but April was a month of rain and May hasn't been much better but I will get it out soon. Got a few short rides in so far.

I also looked at the stem cell work and there is an Israeli firm that has a composite meniscus insert. I reached out to both but never received a reply so I stuck with tried and true. My orthopedist is aware of the new procedures but as they have yet to be fully vetted (FDA) they are not covered by most insurance so you will need fairly deep pockets ($30k +). I am very happy with my conventional results.

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Wishing you continued improvement

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raven41951 wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 2:27 pm
OK, Had arthroscopic for a torn meniscus yesterday, that happened two weeks prior to completing PT for the knee replacement. NOW I hear its fairly common, wish I had heard it sooner. I don't know why they gave me a script for oxycodone because I have very little pain. About the same amount as before the procedure but in different places. Supposed to be on crutches for two days but the Doc said I could put full weight on it as pain allowed. I've already been out for a walk and plan on resuming normal activities (within limits) tomorrow. The wing has been calling me but April was a month of rain and May hasn't been much better but I will get it out soon. Got a few short rides in so far.

I also looked at the stem cell work and there is an Israeli firm that has a composite meniscus insert. I reached out to both but never received a reply so I stuck with tried and true. My orthopedist is aware of the new procedures but as they have yet to be fully vetted (FDA) they are not covered by most insurance so you will need fairly deep pockets ($30k +). I am very happy with my conventional results.
I see you are also in New England. I had my stem cell knee injection in Portsmouth, NH for less than $5,000 and so far the results are pretty good. Still not cheap, but a lot less than $30k. If you want details and contact info contact me directly

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MikeB wrote:
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. Joint cold water therapy system is used almost daily for treatment and the work paid off.
Yes, physical therapy is important. The machine is more convenient than the ice pack. It plays an important role in relieving pain and speeding up recovery. It is also important to choose the right joint wrap to ensure that the injured area is treated well.

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I had my back (February) and total hip replacement (October) in 2019... my surgeon wanted me to wait 12 weeks before I rode again... and trust me when I got his OK... the first thing I did when I got home was take the cover off and went for a long and over do ride... as other has mention... do as the doctor say

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Thanks for the advice and comments. Had the hip done in May and was back to riding in July then in Oct. I had rotator cuff surgery and now i'm in Florida for the winter and riding almost every day and doing great.

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I didn't know how much pain I was in until my surgeries where done... I was suppressing a lot of pain... now it frees wonderful to move around without pain... I strongly recommend anyone to go through it.... as FDR said "the only thing to fear... is fear itself"



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