A little more than three years ago, I remember having a sudden cramp in my leg while driving. This one cramp was followed by considerable pain in my hips. Since this time I’ve been on a truly remarkable journey and have had both hips replaced.
After the hip pain would not subside, I ended up at an Urgent Care facility and was told I had osteoarthritis and two compressed discs in my back.
I tried conservative treatments at first. When given the options of cortisone shot or physical therapy, I chose to attend PT with Tuckahoe Orthopaedics. I went from not being able to really walk to being able to function well except for some pain I had when I got in and out of a car. I also joined a community center and began doing yoga and weight training to build up my muscles. Yet still, family members pointed out the limp I continued to walk with due to pain. By the next year, I ended up taking an unplanned retirement due to my health decline.
In 2015, I decided it was time to find a solution. I was able to switch insurance carriers so that I didn’t have to have referrals anymore and went back to Tuckahoe Orthopaedics. I met with Dr. Simpson and had an MRI in March. Since I was unable to walk at that point, I was fearful that I might become wheelchair dependent. By the time I returned in May, I noticed that if I stopped moving I had a hard time starting up again.
Follow-up x-rays revealed that my left hip had completely collapsed. Dr. Simpson introduced me to Dr. Hull and a short time later I had my left hip replaced.
Both Dr. Hull and his nurse, Ashley, were amazing. They took the time to answer all of my questions and explain my condition, my surgery, and what to expect during my recovery. They made me feel very comfortable with the entire process. A few weeks after my posterior hip replacement, I walked into Dr. Hull’s office without a cane for my first follow-up visit.
As my left hip recovered, the damage in my right hip became more apparent, and three months later I was back to have my right hip replaced. It’s now been four and a half months since my most recent surgery and I’m walking about a mile per day and I’m looking forward to riding my bike. I know now that my hips were the issue all along, not my back, which takes a great deal of worry off my plate. Thanks to Dr. Hull and his team, as well as my physical therapy team, I was able to set in place a regimen for getting back to the life I want. I’ve been able to take my Bucket List back out and I am very excited to hike Old Rag Mountain.
I am very grateful to Dr. Hull for my new life and the ability to function so well!