The risk of injury does not usually involve expertise but is related to cumulative exposure. Those riders who ride six or more times a year have reported a 13% lifetime rate of being hospitalized. It has been averaged that the injury rate is 0.4-0.6 per 1,000 riding hours. The answer to safe riding is to accept this reality and protect yourself while riding a horse.
R Tyler. Boone, MD
Specialty: Orthopedic Surgery
- orthopedic surgery
- neck & spine surgery
Location and Office HoursEastern Oklahoma Orthopedic Center
6475 S Yale
Tulsa, OK 74136
- BlueCross BlueShield of Oklahoma
- BlueLincs (BC/BS)
- CommunityCare of Oklahoma
- Saint Francis Hospital
- St John Medical Center
What is the risk of injury from a horse accident?
Jeanne Morrison, PhD, Family Medicine, answered
How are hip problems diagnosed?
Scott Martin, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, answeredDuring a hip examination, the doctor will ask you questions about pain and other symptoms. Be sure to describe sensations in the entire leg: a hip problem may cause pain in the front, side, or back of your hip, in the groin, and even in the knee. Mention any physical labor or sports you participate in and falls or injuries you have experienced. Even if you landed on your knees rather than your hip, you may have jolted your hips.
The doctor will watch you walk to observe unevenness or changes in your gait. Hip pain or muscle weakness can change how you walk. Speak up if any portion of your stride hurts. The doctor may examine your shoes for signs of abnormal wear. He or she will observe how far you can flex your knee toward your chest and extend your leg out behind you, and how readily you can move your leg out to the side (abduction) and across your midline (adduction). As you lie on your back, the doctor will measure how far you can rotate your hip externally (letting the knee fall toward the outside of your body) and internally (letting your knee turn toward your midline). As you move or try to resist pressure applied by the doctor during different maneuvers, the doctor will assess pain, muscle strength and restrictions, and any grinding or snapping in the joint.
Along with the hip exam, the doctor will examine the position of your pelvis, compare your leg lengths, test nerve function in your legs, and check your feet and ankles for swelling that might indicate impaired circulation. He may ask you to simulate putting on socks with a figure of four position of the leg. Lack of motion in the hip may indicate degenerative hip disease. He or she will also examine your spine for curvatures or conditions (such as a pinching of the sciatic nerve) that can cause hip pain.
In addition, the doctor is likely to use x-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or an MRI arthrogram (an imaging technique in which an iodine-based dye is used to enhance the resolution of the MRI) to diagnose hip problems.
Will my hip popping affect my joint and muscles when I'm older?
Aaron Nelson , NASM Elite Trainer, Sports Medicine, answeredIf you have chronic popping in the hip joint, you should have it examined by a orthopedist. The presence of pain is also a major indicator to have it examined. If the issue is not addressed, it is possible for athritis to develop as you get older. If the popping is being caused by a tendon snapping across a bone, you could develop issues in which the tendon and muscles weaken and cause chronic pain and inflammation.
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