Pilates exercises with fused hip
I have had a surgical Arthrodesis of left hip(fusion) at the age of about 1 year, due to undiagnosed Osteomyelitis.
I therefore have no hip joint or socket. I have now just turned 52 and over the last 3 years my life has been turned upside down.
I collapsed at work without losing consciousness and the my doctor finally sent me to a neurologist who thought it might be epilepsy, which I had suspected wasn't.
Over that year I "collapsed" in total of 60 times.
It was during that time that my friend, who is an aromatherapist noticed bruising over my left iliac bone. I also noticed numbness over the left buttock, weakness of left leg, and then the pain set in.
I have disc degeneration of my lower spine and I am still undergoing various tests.
I am pretty sure my fused hip, over 51 years is the root cause of all this and am seeking a surgeon who might be able to unpick and reconstruct hip, but it is a risky and complex operation and all the orthopedic doctors I have seen will not do it.
I am slim, very aware of nutrition and correct posture, i.e. sitting and standing and have always tried to stand as straight as possible.
I am frustrated that I cannot walk from my hips or sit correctly even though I know the right way to do so.
Up until 3 years ago I have managed pretty well due to staying slim and active, i.e. love gardening, walks etc, but all of this is now becoming increasingly difficult.
I have been put on Tramadol and am not happy with the amount of painkillers I am having to take, I am also unable to work as I find sitting causes pain, as well as standing still, so am also having to look at what work I could do from home.
I also have scoliosis of the spine
I am so determined to help myself and get fed up seeing and reading all the exercises and advice for back ache, since most of them I simply cannot do.
Have you ever encountered someone with fused hip and do you have any hip exercises
Hope to hear from you, as I am really have a tough time, whilst trying to remain hopeful.
Kind regards, Debra
Hello Debra and very sorry to hear of your painful condition.
After reading some of the research on hip fusions its seems that most people start having knee, hip, and back pain about 26 years after the fusion.
You have made it well past! One thing to be happy about.
Now, you are feeling the effects of the arthritis and degeneration that has set in.
You have probably lost some strength in the muscles that support your hip, which is common in a fusion as there is lack of mobility.
Especially the abductors of your hip, which takes the leg out to the side.
I would recommend doing weight bearing exercises on that leg that do not cause you pain. Also, work on strengthening the muscles of the other leg and doing Pilates or core based exercises to help with back pain.
Swimming or walking in the pool might give you some relief.
I will attach some pages here for you to review.
Again, pick and choose those exercises that do not give you more pain. There may be only a few that you can do to start with. If you have a Pilates practitioner in your area I would recommend seeing one for an evaluation.Exercises for Arthritis Hip Pain relief.Pilates bridge for pelvic support.Hip Joint Exercise for Support and Stability in the Hips.