I’ve spent many years doing a lot of physical activity. For the past 12 years I’ve been a personal trainer and have taught fitness classes. I love exercising and teaching classes, so I think my hip pain resulted from not having a balance between exercising and letting my body rest.
I had a long history of bi-lateral hip pain, and my condition got so bad that I started experiencing pain in both hips walking, climbing stairs, and putting on my shoes and socks. In addition, the pain would occasionally keep me from sleeping.
Over the years, I tried several different types of treatment for my hips such as anti-inflammatory medication, steroid injections and physical therapy. The steroid injections initially provided some relief; however, they became less effective over time. Unfortunately, over time none of these things were working for me, so I knew I needed to take a different direction.
After having two consults with my local orthopaedic doctor, I decided to schedule an appointment to get a second opinion from Dr. David Moore at Andrews Sports Medicine. Dr. Moore reviewed my records and diagnostics and recommended that I have bi-lateral hip replacement. He recommended first replacing my right hip and then evaluate replacing my left hip a year or so later.
Dr. Moore recommended performing my second hip replacement surgery in about one year after the first. I had concerns about the effect a second surgery would have on my time with my grandchildren, personal fitness, ability to teach classes again, and my daily activities. After talking with my family, I decided that eliminating the constant pain with bilateral hip replacement would give me better quality time with my grandchildren, and daily life.
My experience with Dr. Moore and his team was exceptional. They never made me feel rushed and have treated me more conservatively throughout my rehab. I’ve been going to physical therapy and easing back into teaching classes, I actually taught my first class today. I walked the Liz Hurley 5K which is something that I haven’t been able to do for the past 3 years.
I’m getting my life back after years of not having it. The time I’ve been taking to recover is going to play a huge part in my long-term recovery, so I’ve been taking it very seriously. I’ve gained a newfound respect for my body after seeing what it’s capable of and I’m so excited to get back to what I love.