Avoided Hip Surgery and Back in the Saddle
“Chronic pain was aﬀecting all aspects of my life. Severe arthritic hip pain was interfering with my ability to walk. Extreme lack of range of motion and pain in my hip had prevented me from getting on my horse for three years. Upper back pain, which I initially attributed to aging, aﬀected my overall stamina. The simple task of washing dishes became painful and required me sit down for relief. My restricted activity was making me feel less useful as a human being.
My medical doctor was recommending cortisone shots and hip surgery. He also advised me not to ride my horse now or even after surgery. I felt deprived because riding was an activity I loved sharing with my husband. I did not want to have surgery, so I took the recommendation of a friend to work with Anna Forliti.
Within the ﬁrst month I was sleeping better because I no longer had hip pain while sleeping. And I walked without leg pain for the ﬁrst time in three years.
Within three months I no longer had back pain. And I discovered that I had gained enough hip mobility to paint my toe nails!! It was then I realized I may be able get back on my horse again! We set a new goal of getting on my horse by the summer.
After ten months of working with Anna, I am back on the saddle and ride my horse again!! It feels satisfying to have achieved this level of ﬁtness.”