Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Macomb, MI, USA
I agree mostly with Tony. I had my right hip replaced when I was still driving a truck just a few years ago (now 60). I told my therapist that I needed to be able to squat (typically a no-no) so I could check things under my trailer and I enjoy bringing my knees up to my shoulders (to stretch mussels of my lower back). That's another no-no. She designed some things into my recovery plan and although I was riding our Gold Wing while I still needed a cane (it would fit in the trunk), today I can't tell that I have any limitations at all!! My hardest work was eliminating the limp. My therapist said if I allowed myself to limp from the start, it would take much more work to get rid of the limp. For more than a year after the operation, I found myself still needing to concentrate to not limp while walking. I guess I needed that long for all the mussels to get built up again. After my operation, I learned what they do (ankle over the opposite shoulder) and can understand why my foot felt like it was nailed to the floor the first time I tried to walk. Therapy is the key now for you.
PS. It was because of my bad hip that my brother built the first set of Mick-O-Pegs for me - they allowed me to flex my hip while riding which I still enjoy doing.
When you're comfortable...Riding Is Wonderful
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Joyfully, MOPMan (Jim Mick)
Last edited by MOPMan; Jan 17th, 2006 at 7:20 am.
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