I am a 52-year-old (now former) female backpacker who was injured in a backpacking fall 3 years ago (my family doctor, who is my age, jokingly calls this ‘old people trying to do sports’).
After the fall, I experienced back pain (caused by 2 ruptured discs, which I now successfully control with physical therapy exercises) and progressive hip pain over the next 2 years. Two different orthopedists in Cincinnati said that while I showed some ‘mild arthritis’ of the hips, I was not a candidate for surgery.
In September 2010, unable to walk up a flight of stairs (I had to crawl), I took myself to Cleveland Clinic where more extensive testing (the first MRI anyone had bothered to do, plus an X-ray that used more extensive measurement techniques) showed 1 millimeter of hip socket clearance and severe IT band tearing (apparently 5-6 millimeters clearance is considered normal).
Cleveland Clinic …