Hip Replacement Brings Relief for Delivery Driver

Dan Strong doesn’t have time for hip pain. The 56-year-old delivery driver leaves each morning with a truckload of packages for eager customers, making anywhere from 140 to 160 stops a day.

“I walk 13 to 15 miles a day and average 33 flights of stairs,” he says, pointing to his fitness tracker, which helps him keep in step with his daughter. “We like to compete,” he laughs.20150816_083233

But the miles haven’t exactly been kind to Strong these past 27 years as a delivery driver. Twenty years ago he says he started to have pain in his right hip, then two years ago he decided to see Ryan Szepiela, MD, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist with ProMedica Physicians. An X-ray showed joint degeneration and Strong started on joint injections to help with the pain, but it was only a matter of time before a hip replacement was on the table.

“It got worse, and it would come in waves,” he recalls of the pain. “I started talking to other people who had the surgery and I continued with injections until the pain was too much to bear.”

Strong went in for hip replacement surgery at ProMedica Wildwood Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital in March of 2014.

“There’s no pain or discomfort at all. It was just barely manageable before surgery,” he says.

Being active is always Strong’s priority, and he’s now back to taking daily walks in Swan Creek Metropark with his dog, taking photos, working in his yard and volunteering with his church.

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