Reducing Hip Pain while waiting for replacement: Suggestions?

Posted by lotsofpain @lotsofpain, Apr 14, 2020

I have had a hip replacement and was probably on the way to a 2nd one when everything shut down due to Covid 19. Does anyone have ideas about bandaging / bracing to support or limit movement and reduce pain when I move

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@lotsofpain, waiting for a hip replacement is painful. You'll notice that I expanded the title of your discussion and moved it to the Joint Replacements group. I did this so that you can get tips and suggestions from others who may have also had to manage pain while waiting for a replacement, like @plantbased2 @bradley1941 @sueinmn @peggyn @naturegirl5 and @scottjeffe

Lotsofpain, when did you have your first hip replacement done? Is it working well?

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@colleenyoung

@lotsofpain, waiting for a hip replacement is painful. You'll notice that I expanded the title of your discussion and moved it to the Joint Replacements group. I did this so that you can get tips and suggestions from others who may have also had to manage pain while waiting for a replacement, like @plantbased2 @bradley1941 @sueinmn @peggyn @naturegirl5 and @scottjeffe

Lotsofpain, when did you have your first hip replacement done? Is it working well?

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Thank you. The first one is ok though I get get some pain from the gluteal muscles around the hip

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@lotsofpain

Thank you. The first one is ok though I get get some pain from the gluteal muscles around the hip

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@lotsofpain I sympathize – Before my first hip replacement surgeries, and 5 years later when my hip implants needed to be replaced, I was in a lot of pain, and maxed out on NSAID pain relievers. Due to my work the first time, and other issues the second, there was a 5 month wait between diagnosis and surgery each time, plus the lag between hip 1 and hip 2 each time.

I used kinesiology tape, some common names are KinesioTape and RockTape, for pain relief. These are special, latex-free stretch tapes used for many years now by trainers and physical therapists, not the same as "athletic tape." Tape is available online or in sporting good or drug stores. It is fairly expensive, but can remain in place for several days after each application; to me worth every penny. The technique calls for identifying the most painful area, applying the tape using anchor points and stretching over the affected area to provide support. Once applied, the tape can stay in place for 5-7 days, showering is ok, but pat dry.
Here is a taping example for hip pain:

Here is information about how this tape works: https://www.kttape.com/what-is-kt-tape

The first time a therapist used it on me, I thought it was just the latest fad – but it worked! We have used it pre-surgery, post-surgery (after healing of the incision) and in place of surgery on hands, hips, knees, wrists, elbows, lower back, achilles tendon (after partial tear), planter fascitis – and the list goes on – it has worked for most things we tried it on. There are many blogs about it, but I try to stick with the company website or videos by PTs rather than random users.

Good luck – I too am waiting for surgery to repair my arthritic thumb – I hope we don't have to wait too long, but I completely understand resources must be conserved until we better understand the course of the pandemic.
Stay calm, Stay safe
Sue

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Thank you at the moment access to therapy is not available due to covid-19 crisis I've looked at the video and I do have some kinesio tape i assune you actually apply directly the tape directly to the skin . I have been experimenting with a brace and a large bandage but neither seem to do very much

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Has anyone tried Prolozone therapy for hips

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@grandmajudym

Has anyone tried Prolozone therapy for hips

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Hello @grandmajudym and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect! I am glad that you posted your question here about hip replacement and Prolozone therapy. Since I was not familiar with this type of therapy, I did a search on Google Scholar and found this article that might interest you. Here is the link that you can click on and get more information. https://evolvewithdesera.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Prolozone-Regenerating-Joints-and-Eliminating-Pain.pdf

There is another alternative therapy called Prolotherapy, which is mentioned on Mayo Clinic's website. Here is a link to that article, https://www.mayoclinic.org/prolotherapy/expert-answers/faq-20058347.

I have not heard of other Mayo Connect members who have discussed this, How did you hear about this type of therapy? Will you post again and let me know how you are doing with this decision?

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@grandmajudym

Has anyone tried Prolozone therapy for hips

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Hi @grandmajudym and thank you for your comment. I second Teresa's welcome. You will notice that I moved your post to a discussion about pain before hip replacement and what to do about it. I did this so that you could connect with others members who are or have been experiencing similar issues.

I would definitely take a look at the article that @hopeful33250 has shared with you above.

Can you share with me anything else you have tried or what your doctor has suggested?

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How to help with terrible pain while waiting on hip replacement. Have to wait 11 weeks because of steroid injection that did not work. Can hardly put any weight on leg at all

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@marytodd6

How to help with terrible pain while waiting on hip replacement. Have to wait 11 weeks because of steroid injection that did not work. Can hardly put any weight on leg at all

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I can’t say enough find a great physical therapist pre surgery. I have no experience with hip replacement but have had reverse total shoulder replacement and total knee. Went to the same great surgeon and therapist for all! A great physical therapist can get you prepared for surgery. I did this for my total knee and had a great outcome. Yes pain was there pre surgery but both surgeon and therapist said I needed to do certain exercising to prepare for surgery. Did that involve still being in pain yes, but to date outcome has been awesome! It does require work and dedication doing prescribed exercise regimen for life. I have great looking surgical sites and no scar tissue. To date am maintaining all my shoulder exercises and knee exercises. 3 yrs post shoulder , 1 post knee. A great surgeon and therapist are so important, but so is working at getting better. It’s hard work put in by patient as well.
My therapist is also qualified in dry needling therapy which he has used for both my replacements. It relaxes tight painful muscles.
Good luck! Work hard! My surgeon has always told me shoulder replacement is the hardest, knee the next hardest with hip being the easiest to recover from!

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@marytodd6

How to help with terrible pain while waiting on hip replacement. Have to wait 11 weeks because of steroid injection that did not work. Can hardly put any weight on leg at all

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Welcome @marytodd6. I moved your post to this existing discussion where @lotsofpain asked the exact same question:

– Reducing Hip Pain while waiting for replacement: Suggestions? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/hip-pain-2/

I did this so you can see the helpful suggestions posted by fellow members in addition to the great tips you received from @dmk. I encourage you to read through all the posts in the thread.

Mary, might pre-surgery physiotherapy be an option for you?

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@hopeful33250

Hello @grandmajudym and welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect! I am glad that you posted your question here about hip replacement and Prolozone therapy. Since I was not familiar with this type of therapy, I did a search on Google Scholar and found this article that might interest you. Here is the link that you can click on and get more information. https://evolvewithdesera.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/Prolozone-Regenerating-Joints-and-Eliminating-Pain.pdf

There is another alternative therapy called Prolotherapy, which is mentioned on Mayo Clinic's website. Here is a link to that article, https://www.mayoclinic.org/prolotherapy/expert-answers/faq-20058347.

I have not heard of other Mayo Connect members who have discussed this, How did you hear about this type of therapy? Will you post again and let me know how you are doing with this decision?

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It is important to check out the author and provider of Prolozone therapy as it seems that Dr. Frank Schallenberger has a rather long " professional " history.

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