A former professional figure skater, Anthony was a four-time national medalist who started skating at age 6. His dad wanted him to be a well-rounded athlete and wished for him to play hockey. Instead, coaches quickly recognized Anthony’s gift and grace for figure skating.
Abigail Ventura couldn’t imagine her life without dance. Her love for music and dance started when she was just a toddler. Fast forward more than 25 years later, Ventura is now a professional dancer who specializes in Spanish styles of dance like flamenco and teaches instructional dance at a local dance company. One day, she started feeling minor pain around her hip and groin area.
JoAnn Murphy is one patient who benefitted from knee replacement surgery. Her right knee was replaced in November 2016. Six weeks later, she was walking two to three miles per day on a sandy Lake Michigan beach.
Three years ago the Chicago soccer player and runner was suddenly disabled by left hip pain. “The sharp shooting pain was so strong,” she says, “I had to freeze. I couldn’t take another step.” Tests showed she’d torn her labrum, the cartilage surrounding the hip socket. Orthopedic surgeons told her to expect the worst. “One doctor told me I’d need a hip replacement within a year. Another told me I could never have children!”
As a Chicago firefighter and avid athlete, Joe Simz was used to aches and pains. But, at the age of 42 he began experiencing a shooting pain in the pivot point of his hip joint and groin. At first, the pain only happened when he would sit down or stand up. As the pain worsened, Simz would stand all the time, even during meals to avoid the pain. At this point, he knew he had a serious problem.
“I started feeling pain in my groin when I was 42,” says legendary jockey, Carlos Silva. He’s won more than 4,000 races during his 32-year long career. The pain caused Silva, now 59, to see a doctor who told him he needed to hang up his uniform, retire from racing and get a hip replacement. But, for Silva, giving up riding wasn’t an option, so he kept on riding through the pain.