I appreciate the response. I too have been swimming lately. My
workouts in the gym include hip machines for both adductors and
abductors as well as the hack squat. On all of these I keep the weight
low, the repetitions high (25-50), and maintain a range outside of the
painful. Generally I feel great when I leave the gym but the pain may
be greater the next morning than if I had only hit the pool.
At this time I have no doctor. The surgeons at the JRI in LA are
relatively close. I am putting off contact with them or the others who
will read x-rays sent to them for the dread of dealing with my
insurance. Honestly, I find the cement-free techniques most appealing.
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> --- In surfacehippy@
> > EXERCISES? EXERCISES. EXERCISES!
> > I'm pre-op in Albuquerque and looking for exercises.
> When I was pre-op, my hip was quite painful with anything weight
bearing or with flexion.
> Also my knee was starting to ache all the time. So I swam a lot. I
also bought a pair of
> Burdenko Water-Walkers, which I love. If nothing else, they gave me
something else to do
> in the water besides laps, and they do work your legs and your core
pretty well. You can
> see a video of them and order them here:
> I also was getting Cranio-Sacral sessions, which helped the knee, and
> recommended a very good PT who also does osteopathic adjustments along
> usual stuff, I got a script from my regular doctor and went 3 times a
week for 5 weeks. I
> emailed my surgeon, De Smet, and asked him about pre-op exercise, and
> swimming is the best, the water walkers are fine, and regular PT is OK
as long as it
> doesn't hurt. I had a cyst and was somewhat concerned about making it
worse, and I told
> my PTs that. They were great. They never encouraged me to work through
any pain, and
> if one exercise was painful they found another that would do the
trick. I am going back to
> see them for post-op PT when I get to 7 weeks. I could only walk short
> trekking poles, so I was pretty faithful with the swimming and PT
> I can't say for sure what would be the best in your particular
situation, but being in the
> water lets you work out without strain, and if you do laps you can get
a good cardio
> workout. I know other people swear by their stationary bikes. In any
case, it's always good
> to check with your surgeon, but I know the De Smet philosophy is if it
causes pain, it's not
> doing you any good. Obviously things are different for healthy
athletes preparing for an
> Everest climb, but for normal pre-and post-op folks, I find that
> Do you have a surgeon yet?
> All the best,
> De Smet LBHR 12/19/07
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