October 25, 2011
Colin Gittins is the manager of a software department, and a regular football player following his bilateral Birmingham Hip Resurfacings. As a central defender, he regularly takes goal kicks and free kicks when required.
All my life I have been an athlete of sorts. I swam and dove on swim teams throughout childhood to university, played basketball until my shoes wore out and then discovered racquetball in my early 20’s. Although I was a late sitter and walker in childhood (may well have been an undiagnosed, borderline hip dysplasia leading to my eventual osteoarthritis), I quickly made up for lost time by competing in any sport I could get my hands on. In my early 20’s, I sustained a difficult and painful head-on car collision that made me quit all athletic endeavors for a number of years. After quitting racquetball only 2 years after picking up the sport due to the accident, I began playing again only to find that I had some hip discomfort.
I am used to living a very active life. I like to hike and be outdoors. I play squash and tennis. In my younger days, I played varsity squash at Harvard College and played number 3 on the team when we won the National Intercollegiate Squash Team Championship in 1976.
Update April 23, 2009
You and your readers may be interested to know that last weekend, April 18/19, 2009, just over 3 years after my BHR with Vijay Bose, I won the United States National Squash Championshiip at the 5.5 level. Additionally, in two weeks time, I am going to Scotland because, after a terrific competitive year, I have been selected to play for my country of birth - England, for the first time in my life and: at any level, at the 45+ level.
Yo, Hippy Kids...
Today marks three years of remarkable, painfree, unrestricted life after a resurfacing on 15Dec04. In my case, for you who are new here, I was crippled after a handball mishap in May of 1996. I had to stand, leaning on crutches, to check into the hospital, because it finally hurt too much to sit down again. We had a fine band of friends in Gent...Deborah Page, Gordon Jackson, Jean from BC, Jay Brand. At last reports, all were living completely unrestricted lives. To mark the anniversary, I have, in the past reprised my first post-op posting from Gent. I do it one more time. This the post: from Dec. 18, 2004.
(Still Walkin' in Straight Lines)
Today is November 23, 2008 and I played a set of tennis and took a jog after the tennis in anticipation of playing in the National 40’s tournament in La Jolla CA in December.
I had pretty much given up on the idea of competitive tennis at the end of 2006. I had started to experience significant pain in day to day activities and tried a cortisone shot before the national 40’s that year. I stumbled around the court in pain and figured I was in deep trouble. I had been doing the egoscue physical therapy regimen for that year since the pain had started in 2005. I tried changes in diet, vitamins, food supplements, acupuncture and tons of Advil.
My name is Alan Sitkoff and I have been an avid runner and handball player for 40 years. I just turned 56. I have had all the normal injuries, pulled muscles, sprains, etc., that all of us have experienced and they've always gone away with a short rest and ice.
Only 8 weeks ago, I experienced an acute pain emanating from my left hip. After about a week, the pain was no less and I visited my regular doctor who immediately sent me over to an orthopaedic surgeon at Peachtree Orthopaedic Clinic in Atlanta. He took an xray and instantly proclaimed that I had a worn out left hip. Not knowing anything, I just asked if he could give me some cortizone or whatever to alleviate the pain. He said "you don't understand, your hip has to be replaced".