Total joint replacements have been around since the late 19th century. They’re one of the most cost effective and successful medical procedures around. Recent advances have made some of these procedure minimally invasive, with very little restrictions post surgery and a quick recover. However, regardless of the “quick” recovery time, some of us don’t currently have the time to spare. 

Becky’s fellow barrel racer, Kerri, was in just this situation. Kerri had a total hip replacement about eight years ago. Recently, she found out that she needs to have the procedure revised. However, due to her busy schedule and the recovery time needed to get the surgery done, she wasn’t willing to lose yet another summer.

While attending a horsemanship clinic at the Pearson place, Kerri mentioned her hip problems to Becky. She was having issues remaining stable while in the saddle, especially going around turns, which for a barrel racers is  kind of  important. Most problematic was trying to simply get on her horse. Kerri couldn’t lift her left leg into the stirrup and either needed to use a step ladder or get up on the right side. She explained to Becky that, while she knew she needed to have the revision done, she’d already lost last summer due to her horse being ill, and she felt like she couldn’t lose yet another summer to this. 

Often times, joint pain is multifactorial. While cartilage and bone health play a huge role in how your joint works, muscle tension and balance are also key areas that are often left untreated. While evaluating, Becky noticed that Kerri tended to stand stretching the front of her hip. She never shifted to the backside of her hip, causing the back of her hip capsule to be tight while the front was overstretched. Because of this pattern Kerri had developed due to the pain, her leg bone was never quite where it was supposed to be, causing her significant pain and dysfunction. After a quick evaluation (in the barn, of course) Becky gave Kerri some exercises and stretches to work on to help address these muscle imbalances and promote quality muscle contraction. These exercises worked to get Kerri’s muscles and joints to allow her hip to shift to the back of the joint, instead of constantly pushing on the front of the joint capsule. 

Kerri’s hip may be “bone on bone” and no amount of physical therapy is going to fix that. However, by correcting muscle imbalances, she’s gone from having to pull her leg up by her pant leg to being able to lift it herself. We probably haven’t saved her from surgery, but the exercises have certainly given her the ability to at least get through the summer rodeo season with significantly less pain and improved strength.

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Hear Kerri's Story

​Becky catches up with fellow barrel racer, Kerri Lemons to see how our Solid in the Saddle Program is working to keep her on her horse this summer.

Kerri went from having to pull her left leg up by her pant leg, to being able to get back on her barrel horse!

A joint replacement can make a world of difference for the tens-of-thousands of Americans who receive them each year. However, finding the time to do it can be the biggest hurdle.