Runner’s hip or arthritis?

February 7, 2013

I am a seasoned triathlete who had been competing for more than 7 years. Raced all different distances sprints, Olympic, half IM’s to full Iron man. Over the past year I have been experiencing serious discomfort and pain in my right hip. I foam roll, stretch, get massages, eat right and do all the correct things an athlete should do for recovery. In other words, I take care of myself in order to keep performing at a high level! Nothing seemed to help.

As recommended, I went to the hospital of special surgery. I was seen by the best hip surgeon’s sport doctors and they were baffled with what would be the best treatment. I conceded hip surgery as a last resort. It was recommended against it.

I have been seeing a physical therapist who has been stretching me with a method called “Stretch to win”. I also recently underwent stem cell therapy injection. For those of you who are unfamiliar with stem cell therapy, it’s where they draw a good amount of your own blood from you, then use a centrifugation to separate blood cells from the plasma and inject it back into the infected area. I say look into it!

I have to say I do feel better. I’m still not running full out or racing yet. But it’s only been 3 months. I am still having some mild discomfort compared to what I was experiencing before I tried it. I’m a lot better than I was, without having surgery and dealing with the long recovery from it. I am hopeful I’ll be getting myself back to training and racing very soon!

So, I think a combination of different treatments has given me hope once again!

Some doctors don’t believe in stem cell therapy, some do and say it’s the way of the future for athletes. I say yes, it just may be…but, that’s just my opinion!

What do you think?

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