Wipe out

Yesterday I found out that I do not need surgery on my hip. Yay! I suppose I should back up and start at the beginning. Monday afternoon, I decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather and go biking on the Glacial Drumlin State Trail. I’d been out riding for almost two hours, and was heading back to the parking lot at the trail head. I was about 100 yards from the lot when I hit a patch of very loose gravel (on a turn). As I moved into the turn my bike skidded out from under me, and I landed very hard on my left hip.

A visit to urgent care and an x-ray showed a small, closed fracture of the neck of the femur. The doctor told me that sometimes injuries like this can be worse than they first appear on an x-ray, and require surgery, so she sent me home with crutches and instructions to follow up with an orthopedist. After an MRI the next day, and another day of waiting, I met with the orthopedist, who told me the the fracture was small enough that I did not need surgery (whew!), and that things should heal up on their own in about six weeks if I take it easy.

In retrospect, this was my own bone-headed fault. I saw the gravel coming up and I didn’t slow down.

The good news is I’m getting along pretty well with the crutches (not much pain if I’m using those), and it doesn’t hurt at all if I’m not moving. But anytime I try to move my leg outside of using the crutches… yikes! You wouldn’t believe the number things you do with your body that involve movement of your hip joint. Although after three days I finally figured out how to put on pants without any pain. Donning socks however requires further analysis.

Update: September 7

Today I got an email that the MRI results were posted for me on my health provider’s website. In addition to the fracture I mentioned above, the MRI showed “Multifocal partial tears of the regional hip musculature… with low-grade partial tearing of the insertion of the gluteus medius tendon.”

Okay, that has got to be where most of the pain is coming from.

2 comments on “Wipe out

  1. Hi Jon, I had talked to Dad last night and learned about your mishap. We were certainly sorry to hear about it but are glad it wasn’t any worse than it was and that you don’t need surgery. Really glad too that it doesn’t hurt all the time although I’m sure when does hurt it’s bad enough. Hopefully the 6 weeks of recovery will go by quickly. Just know you’re in our thoughts and we wish you a speedy recovery. Take care of yourself.

    With love,
    Chris & Glenn

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