Playing a lot of tennis (me: six tournaments in six weeks) will take its toll on a senior tennis player’s body. For some, it is the shoulder, or the elbow, or the knees, or the hamstring. For me, it is now the HIP.
Running a Marathon
Many years ago, I had the thrill of going on a training run with Olympic Gold Medal Marathoner Frank Shorter. After catching my breath from trying to keep up with his “slow jog” of 6½ minute miles, I asked what it takes to be a marathoner; and he said, “You have to have a perfectly balanced body. Otherwise the pounding will find the weakness in your foot, your knee or your hip.”
With some strong pain in my hip joint a month ago, I went to my orthopedic surgeon’s office (Dr. Havig) to see what they could find. My x-ray showed I was NOT bone on bone, but had arthritis on the ball joint.
They prescribed a double dose of Celebrex (one in the morning and one in the evening) to take down the inflammation and then one a day after that. It didn’t seem to do the trick; so, I switched to a double dose of Aleve (two in the morning and two at night) PLUS I canceled all tennis for a week — a really big step for me.
But the first time back on the court this past Monday saw the pain return and my play (and my partner) suffer. So, I now have a March 21st appointment (first open slot) with another orthopedist (Dr. Bertram) who gives the more complicated shot into the hip.
Anyone have similar experience and results?? Thanks
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