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Old 05-03-2019, 12:40 PM
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Default Temporary farewell to disc golf.

I'm 74 and discovered and fell in love with disc golf around 6 years ago. Since I am retired and have lots of spare time and it is good exercise, I have played just about every day weather would allow. I had noticed that playing was getting more and more uncomfortable, but it happened so gradual that I just didn't pay much attention. Well, I finally had to admit that I had a problem so went to see the doctor. Found out that I have significant arthritis in both knees and am being sent to a specialist. It looks like knee replacements are in my near future. I'm hoping to get through it and be back on the course at some point. Just curious if others have gone through knee replacement and how they are doing returning to disc golf?
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Old 05-03-2019, 12:53 PM
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No knee replacement here personally, but my pops (69 years old) just had one knee done a few weeks ago. I'm amazed at what they're able to do these days. He had the replacement put in on a Thursday, discharged on Friday and was up and moving around with a walker that evening. A weekend with the walker, then used a cane for a couple weeks or so. Three weeks post op and he's moving around surprisingly well all things considered.

He should be back to full function, which for him means 4 or 5 rounds of ball golf a week (with a cart), in another 4-5 weeks.

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Old 05-03-2019, 01:11 PM
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At almost 49 I have been putting off a knee replacement for a few years.

I do believe David Greenwell from Prodigy had one of his knee replaced and is still playing at a very high level.

And a two older members of our Club have had a knee and a hip replaced within the last year and they are back out on the course.

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Old 05-03-2019, 01:22 PM
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I am a nurse and worked on an ortho floor for a couple years. You should recover completely and will have significantly less pain. Knee replacements are state of the art now. The recovery is quick and you should be back playing in a couple months.

Some tips from this RN/Disc Golfer. Do your physical therapy...short term pain for long term gain. Use your pain meds at the beginning. They are good for you. If your body is busy fighting surgical pain, it has less resources to do the other work it needs to.....heal, fight infection... Ask about a stool softener when using pain meds, it could save you an additional problem.

Good luck.

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I'm 74 and discovered and fell in love with disc golf around 6 years ago. Since I am retired and have lots of spare time and it is good exercise, I have played just about every day weather would allow. I had noticed that playing was getting more and more uncomfortable, but it happened so gradual that I just didn't pay much attention. Well, I finally had to admit that I had a problem so went to see the doctor. Found out that I have significant arthritis in both knees and am being sent to a specialist. It looks like knee replacements are in my near future. I'm hoping to get through it and be back on the course at some point. Just curious if others have gone through knee replacement and how they are doing returning to disc golf?
I'm not there yet, but my dad is 80 and is fast reaching the stage where he is going to have to consider knee replacement. And my sister and I will probably need it before we get to that age. I was in the Airborne, but my sister's knees are worse than mine.

So I empathize with you. At least you have the goal of returning to DG to fuel your rehab. See ya when you get back on the course.

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Old 05-03-2019, 01:53 PM
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Hoping to return to this thread in 6 months to a year and see posts that the OP is back at this wonderful sport.

Good luck.

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Old 05-03-2019, 01:58 PM
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A friend of mine in his 60s has had his hip and knee replaced and he plays regularly. Sometimes when he throws his hip squeaks.

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a friend i used to play with is now over 65 and has had both hips replaced. still plays regularly and has a 900 player rating.

i'm 60 and have had my right shoulder ripped out of joint in a high speed motorcycle crash,right knee surgery and a partial lung removal (lung cancer) and still play constantly. i say getting back on the course is a wonderful goal to have post surgery. Best of luck <*}}}>{

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Old 05-03-2019, 03:02 PM
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Sixty seven here and a left hip replacement two years ago next week. I was back on the course playing flat holes within three weeks and back to playing as poorly as ever by four months post surgery. Currently working my way toward a right knee replacement at some indefinite point. Knee's take longer than hips to rehab, but you will get there. When you go to physical therapy post surgery do every freaking thing the little sadists tell you to do. You'll be glad you did.

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Good luck with the new knee!

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