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[RC] hip replacements - LRN8554

My husband bit the bullet and had one done last Christmas, he had just started riding a few years before that and I kept getting after him for dragging his leg across the horses rump when he mounted.  Never knew his hip was gone---he actually went to the doctor for what he thought was an ankle problem and was stunned to find out it was his hip.  The one thing he emphasizes to people getting it done is that it was an instant relief from the pain he was experiencing.  His doctor also told him his other hip is about half shot and since he is sixty-one I wonder if that means he won't live long enough to wear out the other one.  I've just recently noticed my sister dragging her leg across the back of her English saddle and she says she can't carry large water bottles in her cantle pack because she can't clear them trying to mount.  I think her time is coming but she won't go to a doctor to have it checked.  I recently have been seeing a chiropractor (yes, for a fall off my horse) and when he did radiographs I specifically asked him to check for deterioration in my hips.  Luckily, he said I looked good.  Linda Norton