I was in immense pain prior to my first hip replacement. It didn’t seem to matter whether I was sitting, standing, moving or sleeping. It all hurt.
At the time, I had fabric car seats, which seemed as if they were made of Velcro® – there was resistance created by my pants rubbing against the fabric of the car seats. I would try to get into the car with the minimum amount of pain possible, but I would have to shimmy and shift, inch by excruciating inch. I’d finally be seated, almost ready to go – for those who don’t know, that simple, everyday task can take a lot out of you when movement is restricted and painful.
You remember Anne S. – she’s that pragmatic physiotherapist I mentioned here. She suggested the following tip to make it easier to get in and out of the car:
- Get a plastic bag or one of those large plastic-coated shopping bags.
- Place it on the car seat.
- Turn your back to the car seat.
- Watch your head as you sit down.
- Pivot to face the front.
- Make sure that your seat belt is fastened.