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    Kathleen in AZ
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    looking for a great PT in Ahwatukee/Tempe AZ

    I'm facing an upgrade soon and my recovery will be better with a great physical therapist... I need one who understands that my sanity depends on knowing I can someday soon return my SoMo style of biking. My R hip is scheduled to be replaced right before Thanksgiving so that I can recover thru my least favorite months in Phx - Dec, Jan, Feb - and be ready for Spring Fling by March. Yes, I have high hopes for a complete and speedy recovery!

    I've had a number of lousy PTs in the past. I want a winner this time and want to find him/her before the surgery. Anyone have any recommendations?

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    Hey Durt, I just had PT with one of the best. I will see if she is dedicated to the Intel facility or if she has a practice outside of Intel. For your sake I hope so because she is fantastic.

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    PumpTrack?
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    More importantly...you gotta be ready for Whistler 2011
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    Kathleen in AZ
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    Quote Originally Posted by tiSS'er
    More importantly...you gotta be ready for Whistler 2011
    Yesssssss! RJ too. Bionic and better will get us there!

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    ... and if we just ... Upgrade????

    Are you going with a carbon fiber/titanium hip or what? That's hardcore!!
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    Jimmy Yuan recently (this past week) opened his own practice, with a bit more focus on PT.

    http://www.warriorrestoration.com

    I'm heading there next week to continue some treatment on my back, can give you more info then if you like. Location is around 44th and Camelback

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    I go to the Scottsdale office, but these guys have taken great care of my knee and back issues. Just had a back treatment yesterday.

    http://www.physiocorp.com/facility/6...e-Sport-Clinic
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    Quote Originally Posted by chollaball
    Jimmy Yuan recently (this past week) opened his own practice, with a bit more focus on PT.

    http://www.warriorrestoration.com

    I'm heading there next week to continue some treatment on my back, can give you more info then if you like. Location is around 44th and Camelback
    Let me know how it goes. It's right down the street from me and I have some back pain I would like to work on. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jdpowers
    Let me know how it goes. It's right down the street from me and I have some back pain I would like to work on. Thanks!
    go, I've been seeing Dr. Yuan for 8 yrs (as needed). say i referred you.

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    I am a physical therapist here in the valley and would highly encourage you to go to Renata Beaman. She works at Spooner Physical Therapy in their Ahwatukee clinic. Here is a link to her profile: http://www.spoonerphysicaltherapy.co...atabeaman.html

    She is an orthopedic certified specialist and also rides, so she can relate to your sport specific needs.

    Let me know if you need other advice.

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    Kathleen in AZ
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    Thanks for the tips everyone... I plan to get some pre-op rehab going soon. Upgrade is scheduled for Nov 22nd! My upgrade will not be titanium or carbon fiber, but it will still be pretty darn cool: http://www.stryker.com/en-us/product...ring/index.htm

    Bikes are pretty much hung up for the year due to this advanced osteoarthritis but I hope to be back in the saddle and on SoMo in 2011!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DurtGurl
    Bikes are pretty much hung up for the year due to this advanced osteoarthritis but I hope to be back in the saddle and on SoMo in 2011!

    Just because you're not biking.....don't let yourself be a stranger. If you ever need *anything* you know where to find me.
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    Hang in there DG! Like Lance, you will come back leaner and meaner...

    I've been rockin' ceramic on ceramic on the left side since '05 and while it slowed me down a bit at first, you should be able to be back rockin your Somo craziness in no time. Like you said... PT is a huge key.

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    One of my sisters just had her hip done with the same system, she's still recovering but is doing great.

    Good luck and hope you come back stronger than before!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver_Slug
    Hang in there DG! Like Lance, you will come back leaner and meaner...

    I've been rockin' ceramic on ceramic on the left side since '05 and while it slowed me down a bit at first, you should be able to be back rockin your Somo craziness in no time. Like you said... PT is a huge key.

    -SS
    Really?? That is super to hear that you're back to biking. Gives me hope!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DurtGurl
    Bikes are pretty much hung up for the year due to this advanced osteoarthritis but I hope to be back in the saddle and on SoMo in 2011!
    sorry to hear, DG; i know how much you love to bike. i'm praying all will go well and you'll have a succesful surgery and speedy recovery. will you change your username to "bionicgurl"?
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    I hope it all goes well for you DG.
    This last year I've had my first bout of chronic pain.. Bone spurs in the neck.
    How long have you been dealing with the hip pain before you decided to
    go full surgery?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jperson
    I hope it all goes well for you DG.
    This last year I've had my first bout of chronic pain.. Bone spurs in the neck.
    How long have you been dealing with the hip pain before you decided to
    go full surgery?
    My hip pain started back in 2006. I went to a sports med who sent me to PT which helped nothing and just drained time and money. Since then, I learned on my own how to move (and how not to move) to keep the pain at bay. While being treated for a broken scapula in 2008, I casually mentioned to the doc about my persistent hip pain. He ordered an MRI because he thought it was a labrum tear. Unfortunately it was diagnosed as advanced osteoarthritis. He said hip replacements were in my future and that I would know when it was time, but to keep doing what I could as long as I could. Been doing ok until my trip to Whistler this summer. Daily DHing and a mega hike on our "off" day seemed pushed me over the edge and I haven't been the same since. Prior to Whistler, sleeping hurt, walking hurt, even driving can cause wrenching pain, but for some reason biking did not hurt. As long as I could bike without pain then I could deal with the rest. But now... biking hurts too. Recent trips to Flagstaff and Sunrise were agony. My fitness has suffered and I wonder maybe if I just get back in shape then my hip will feel ok... surgery is a huge step. But then I try to do stuff and it hurts and I get more discouraged and pissed off. So, I've searched for docs and found a good one in Tucson. I hope I'm not making a huge mistake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DurtGurl
    My hip pain started back in 2006. I went to a sports med who sent me to PT which helped nothing and just drained time and money. Since then, I learned on my own how to move (and how not to move) to keep the pain at bay. While being treated for a broken scapula in 2008, I casually mentioned to the doc about my persistent hip pain. He ordered an MRI because he thought it was a labrum tear. Unfortunately it was diagnosed as advanced osteoarthritis. He said hip replacements were in my future and that I would know when it was time, but to keep doing what I could as long as I could. Been doing ok until my trip to Whistler this summer. Daily DHing and a mega hike on our "off" day seemed pushed me over the edge and I haven't been the same since. Prior to Whistler, sleeping hurt, walking hurt, even driving can cause wrenching pain, but for some reason biking did not hurt. As long as I could bike without pain then I could deal with the rest. But now... biking hurts too. Recent trips to Flagstaff and Sunrise were agony. My fitness has suffered and I wonder maybe if I just get back in shape then my hip will feel ok... surgery is a huge step. But then I try to do stuff and it hurts and I get more discouraged and pissed off. So, I've searched for docs and found a good one in Tucson. I hope I'm not making a huge mistake.
    Sorry to hear your news. I have had hip problems for some years, but pain has not been as bad as yours sounds. My hip caused knee and calf problems for me during running cause I was not balanced properly. Ended up going to Spooner PT (mentioned earlier) and worked with Heather Wilkes (now working privately). She worked on my hip and gave me an awesome workout/exercise regime and really worked my abs and lower back to support everything. The difference was amazing and I still keep up with the exercises that she prescribed. If I dont do them regularly the pain comes back. I eventually will have to get it looked at further, but its very manageable right now.

    You might want to meet with a PT and see if they can give you some options to work on before you go under the knife. At least to show you how to strengthen the area before surgery so that the recovery is faster?

    Heather is amazing and I think she worked with Heidi Clayton after her accident. I am assuming she is expensive, but you might be able to locate her thru Spooner. She lives in Tukee and I see her at Safeway once in a while, but not sure how to contact her.

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    The knife...

    DG, your story sounds quite familiar. Sadly, if the advanced osteoarthritis has you bone on bone, as it did me, you may not have that option to put off going "under the knife" very long. The less evasive surgery to re-surface the socket joint was not an option for me due to the bone spurs on the ball of my hip joint, so I had to opt for the "full monte". My surgeon was a friend and fellow bike rider (although a roadie) so he knew my personal circumstances and how bicycle centric my life was. I had the left hip done, yet still need the right hip done down the road. When I think back on the surgery however, I honestly don't remember being off the bike that long. I did not jump into a PT program directly afterwards, which was my only regret. During the early stages after the surgery, I found myself "babying" the left hip, not wanting to dislocate it, but ended up overcompensating with other muscle groups which threw my whole body out of whack. I believe I returned back to biking able to climb at 90 to 95% of where I was before the surgery, but because I have ceramic parts in me now, I tend to apply more risk/reward criteria when descending on chunkier trails. Just wanted to post to reassure you that even though they can cut on our femurs, they can't cut out our biking bones.

    Feel free to PM me any questions. Good luck!

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    DG - just got back from my first visit at Dr. Yuan's new office. I mentioned you were looking, and would he be appropriate for what you were about to undergo - he says definitely come in. I like his new setup, he's working by himself and has a lot more time to talk about posture etc and work on rehab. My adjustment took 5 min, we worked on kettleball and dead-lifts for another 45 min. And Tim Hightower of the Cards was walking out as i was walking in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Silver_Slug
    I believe I returned back to biking able to climb at 90 to 95% of where I was before the surgery, but because I have ceramic parts in me now, I tend to apply more risk/reward criteria when descending on chunkier trails. Just wanted to post to reassure you that even though they can cut on our femurs, they can't cut out our biking bones.

    Feel free to PM me any questions. Good luck!

    -SS
    Thanks SS! Your words are music to my ears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chollaball
    DG - just got back from my first visit at Dr. Yuan's new office. I mentioned you were looking, and would he be appropriate for what you were about to undergo - he says definitely come in. I like his new setup, he's working by himself and has a lot more time to talk about posture etc and work on rehab. My adjustment took 5 min, we worked on kettleball and dead-lifts for another 45 min. And Tim Hightower of the Cards was walking out as i was walking in.
    CB - Your guy sounds excellent. It's just the location that is not so great. I'd rather find someone closer to my home. I plan to follow up on some of the leads from this thread... just gotta find the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chollaball
    DG - just got back from my first visit at Dr. Yuan's new office. I mentioned you were looking, and would he be appropriate for what you were about to undergo - he says definitely come in. I like his new setup, he's working by himself and has a lot more time to talk about posture etc and work on rehab. My adjustment took 5 min, we worked on kettleball and dead-lifts for another 45 min. And Tim Hightower of the Cards was walking out as i was walking in.
    I feel inclined to point out that Dr. Yuan is a DC not a PT. He may have an idea about PT but to perform pre-hab, and post op rehab, on a hip, would be out of his scope of practice and could be potentially illegal. BTW, Physiotherapy is not the same as Physical Therapy in the US. Not trying to piss on any wheaties, just pointing out what I know to be true.

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