It’s an important question. I am neither a doctor nor a physical therapist.
I have studied with masters of various healing arts (including osteopath/acupuncturist Dan Bensky, osteopath Dr. John “can talk to tumors” Upledger, and Kathmandu’s cherished ayurvedic physician Vaidya Mana Bajra Bajracharya, as well as chiropractor/breema practitioner Jon Schreiber), and I have studied, practiced, shared widely and taught alternative healing arts for decades. So I have an unusually broad experience (deeper in a few choice areas), but I didn’t foresee putting it all to the test for myself.
I have taken a full-commitment, integrative and whole-being approach to hip replacement, and I have documented my challenges and rapid (some have said astonishing) progress. From flaxseed to fitbits, from ultrasound to therapeutic humming, I have tried it all and sought to verify its benefits with my own proprioception.
It worked. Here are a few highlights:
- Nine months of robust efforts to reverse the degeneration of cartilage with diet, mind-training, intensive physical training, laser therapy and a course of eight monthly prolotherapy injections. When an X-ray showed what I was feeling, that degeneration in my hips had advanced to “severe”(L) and “moderate”(R), I scheduled my surgery. None of those efforts were wasted, however, as my mindset and fitness carried me through surgery, three months later.
The stronger you are going in, the easier your recovery will be.
- rapid progress post-surgery buoyed by daily mind training, physical training and medical laser. No real setbacks along the way. I’ll write more about this soon.
- avoiding opiates altogether with a combination of high-CBD (low psychoactive) cannabis, and a variety of modalities to reduce inflammation and discomfort.
- After three months (as I write this), I feel confident hiking a steep trail alongside a waterfall, snowshoeing for three miles, and dancing with (moderate) abandon.
I hope and trust you will find at least a few approaches here to ease your path.