Hi. I’m back with an update and more questions. I have the “odd” — some docs have said “lucky” – problem of having a totally collapsed hip with NO pain in the hip. (I fell on concrete and not diagnosed until it had collapsed) However, the collapse has made one leg about 1.25 inches shorter than the other. I use an insert to bring the leg up a bit but too high and it brings on pain. I also have almost zero range of motion to the outside with that leg. My pain shows up in my knee on that side (the knee itself has no problems) and in my lower back on that side. Because I have no pain, two ortho docs would not replace my hip (it’s done mainly for pain, I was told). Three others said they did not want to replace the hip because they might injure my atrophied muscles (from years of not being able to full extend/work the muscles, etc.) and I could be in worse shape after. Now one doc said he thinks I would benefit from the posterior approach to the surgery that it would avoid my atrophied glute medius and minimus muscles. He thought I could exercise my atrophied muscles back into shape but it would just take longer. I am 68 with a BodyMassIndex of 35.
Have any of you dealt with atrophied muscles? I’ve had this problem for about 6 years but do floor stretching exercises and walk about a a half mile a day with two canes to keep me straighter. I would really like to not have to depend on a cane since I live up north and worry about the cane slipping on wet/frozen ground and I worry about falling since I can’t put that leg out to catch myself, etc. Plus I figure if I don’t take a chance now, I will never know if I could have gotten better.
Any thoughts on my situation?