Gift Guide

Heal Your Hips: How to Prevent Hip Surgery -- and What to Do If You Need It


The first comprehensive guide to hip health Avoid injury, prevent deterioration, work out in water and on land, and understand the entire range of surgical options Once considered a natural consequence of aging, hip disorders can be reduced or eliminated altogether by innovative exercise regimens. Heal Your Hips explores an unprecedented range of preventive options you can take today to avoid hip injury and improve your hip health—including wonderful water and land exercises and intensive stretching. Numerous ...

See more details below
Paperback (First Edition)
$13.99 price
(Save 22%)$17.95 List Price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (21) from $1.99   
  • New (12) from $10.18   
  • Used (9) from $1.99   
Heal Your Hips: How to Prevent Hip Surgery -- and What to Do If You Need It

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$10.49 price
(Save 41%)$17.95 List Price


The first comprehensive guide to hip health Avoid injury, prevent deterioration, work out in water and on land, and understand the entire range of surgical options Once considered a natural consequence of aging, hip disorders can be reduced or eliminated altogether by innovative exercise regimens. Heal Your Hips explores an unprecedented range of preventive options you can take today to avoid hip injury and improve your hip health—including wonderful water and land exercises and intensive stretching. Numerous illustrations help you understand the structure and function of your hips, and dozens of photographs clearly demonstrate how to do the exercises. If indeed hip surgery is in your future, Heal Your Hips provides vital new information on several little-known, minimally invasive forms of surgery as well as straightforward coverage of traditional "replacement" surgery. You'll learn what to expect with hip surgery—from preparing for the procedure to the day of the operation to returning home and recovering with physical therapy. The practical and long-overdue guidance in Heal Your Hips will be a revelation for the millions enduring the pain of hip deterioration and injury. Whether you or your loved ones are considering hip surgery or have yet to seek medical help, turn first to the indispensable expertise in this optimistic and accessible resource.

"This comprehensive guide explains how to avoid hip injury, prevent deterioration, and understand the entire range of surgical options."

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471249979
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 6/28/1999
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 325,797
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT KLAPPER, M.D., is Medical Director of Cedars-Sinai Orthopedic Associates and a clinical assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of Southern California. He is the founder of the Sports Medicine Information Network and a consultant for NBC's ER. LYNDA HUEY, a former sprinter and UCLA track coach, is the founder of both Huey's Athletic Network and Total Aquatic Rehab, specializing in water rehabilitation and training programs. Among her clients have been Wilt Chamberlain, Florence Griffith Joyner, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and Cybill Shepherd.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Ten Minutes in Water, Ten Minutes on Land.

Healthy and Unhealthy Hips.

The Right Diagnosis: Doing Your Part.

X Rays, CT Scans, and MRIs with David Rubenstein, M.D.

The Right Treatment: Doing Your Part.

Getting Started in the Pool.

A Pool Program for Hip Patients.

The Transition from Pool to Land with Mike Shapow, P.T.

A Land Program for Hip Patients with Mike Shapow, P.T.

Nonsurgical and Surgical Solutions.

Hip Arthroscopy.

Hip Implant Surgery.

In and Out of the Hospital.




Read More Show Less

First Chapter

Heal Your Hips How to Prevent Hip Surgery-and What to Do If You Need It

Robert Klapper, M. D. and Lynda Huey

It was basketball great Wilt Chamberlain who, following his hip surgery, introduced Lynda Huey to me as "the most knowledgeable water trainer in the world." Lynda's and my collaboration has been terrific, because we are both passionate about our daily work, both committed to steering our patients to conservative care.
Here's how perfect a match we've been: Let's say you place a vibrating steel tuning fork, the density of which is 100 hertz, next to an 80-hertz tuning fork. The 80-hertz fork will remain silent. But if you bring close another tuning fork of 100 hertz, it will, without being struck, begin to vibrate. It has responded to the perfect match.
Lynda and I have been like those two tuning forks throughout the process of writing this book. We've taken turns inspiring and uplifting each other-keeping each other vibrating at 100 hertz. Lynda's notes for our book sparkled with the buoyant flow of body and water in her pool-her elixir of life. My own notes ran to dozens of pages about patients.
Many come to me because their doctors have flatly told them, "I'm the doctor, you're the patient." My answer: for me there's nothing better than patients who participate in getting themselves well. I'm delighted when they bring along popular articles on health and fitness to discuss during office visits or when they choose books to take home from my library. More power to them! And when we talk about their hips, I try to avoid jargon. I want to demystify their loss of mobility, their decreased strength, and loss of function. I use examples, anecdotes, X-rays, quick drawings, and photographs as I encourage their understanding of the anatomy and physiology of a hip, that elegant piece of biological machinery.
"I love to operate," I say after listening to patients describe their pain. "But I'd rather we exhaust all conservative care to get you back to health."
Back to golf, tennis, running, skiing, pickup basketball, beach volleyball, bicycling-so many of my patients have their return to sports as a goal. And back to construction work, driving a bus, managing a restaurant, repairing computers-these recent patients of mine have sought to regain strength and mobility for their jobs. Most of my diagnoses lead to treatment in a pool, where those with arthritis, congenital hip problems, rheumatoid arthritis, and even more complicated hip problems become instant athletes and unhobbled workers as they walk, run, push, pull, bend, squat, lunge, jump, and lift themselves easily. Indeed, they can practice all their moves in the glove of water that protects them from pain.
People call my office from around the country, and some even fly in for consultations or surgery. Patients who want to learn Lynda's pool program often do the same. But not everyone can come to California to visit us, so Lynda and I have written this book as the next best thing. Heal Your Hips gives you a chance to learn about your hips, seek a correct diagnosis, begin positive treatment, and do everything possible to prevent hip surgery. Nothing could make us happier.
-Robert C. Klapper, M. D. Beverly Hills, California

Twenty-five years ago I sprinted for one of America's fastest relay teams. Twenty years ago I coached college athletes. Fifteen years ago my athletic injuries and those of my Olympic athlete sled us into a pool for water training. There we pioneered the use of exercising in water to sustain fitness. Water embraced and surrounded us as we went through the fitness programs that I soon compiled for my first book, The Waterpower Workout. What all of us thought at the time was that we'd simply found a way to stay in shape while injuries healed. We didn't expect this added bounty: through our efforts in the pool, we were speeding the healing of injuries.
By the late 1980s, heroes from many sports made headlines by using Waterpower for their amazing recoveries. Physical therapists across America began to add water exercising to their programs, and when the media turned a spotlight on my articles in national magazines and on my exercise video, I began a second book, this one to include water therapies: The Complete Waterpower Workout Book. The book led to my work with Mike Shapow, P. T. For him I toned down my pro-grams, making them manageable for general patients, people far less physically capable than athletes. I devised easy exercises so those with serious disabilities could begin at their own level. Yet I always took my drive for excellence into the pool with me and my patients. I expected every one of them to strive for top fitness, flexibility, and good form-for optimum performance. I also expected many of them to add land exercises to their rehabilitation programs. These were devised and assigned to patients by Mike Shapow, my partner at Total Aquatic Rehab. Dr. Robert Klapper and I met in 1993, shortly after he performed hip arthroscopy on my friend Wilt Chamberlain. I had helped Wilt with rehabilitation in his pool after each of his surgeries: hip, knee, and elbow. Wilt told Dr. Klapper of his intention to work with me in the water, and before long, Dr. Klapper was sending dozens of patients into my pool to prevent hip surgery. In turn I observed him at work in his operating room; together we studied X-rays in a view box. I learned why my programs were successful: if patients regained strength and flexibility in the muscles surrounding the hip it wouldn't matter if the interior of the joint was normal. As long as patients could function in t heir daily lives without undue pain they wouldn't need surgery. To share that concept with as many hip patients as possible, we undertook this book. No one wants to live disabled and in pain, and hip pain is especially troublesome, because it leads to inactivity, which leads to numerous other health problems that cause further misery. Our exercise programs have been astonishingly successful, sparing many of our patients the surgical procedures described in Chapters 11 and 12. We hope you will commit to the self-help to follow.
-Lynda Huey Santa Monica, California

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)