Shaun Stroh recovering from hip surgery, out for 4-6 months |

Shaun Stroh recovering from hip surgery, out for 4-6 months

Saddle bronc rider Shaun Stroh, a five-time qualifier for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, underwent arthroscopic surgery on May 3 at The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital (TOSH) in Murray, UT, to repair torn cartilage in his left hip joint and remove two bone spurs. He is expected to be sidelined for 4-6 months.

Stroh, 38, is recuperating back home in Dickinson, ND. He has been instructed to avoid any weight-bearing activity for 30 days and may begin pool therapy as early as this week, according to his wife, Shannon, who is also a nurse.

“They sent him home with list of therapy instructions covering from 0-4 weeks, 3-6 weeks, 9-12 and so on,” Shannon Stroh said. “He started rehabbing right away, doing quad stretches, leg rolls and gluteus stretches. Next is pool therapy and then work on a stationary bike.”

Stroh first injured his hip when he caught his left foot in a stirrup at the Cody (WY) Stampede last July. With the help of the Justin Sportsmedicine Team, he was able to continue competing through the year, qualify for his fifth Wrangler NFR and even place in a couple of rounds at the Thomas & Mack Center.

But when the pain persisted this year, he went back to Dr. Pepper Murray of Salt Lake City, and Dr. Dawn Mattern, of Minot, ND, from the Justin team, and they were able to set him on the right path to repair the injury and its contributing cause. Dr. Hugh West performed the two procedures at TOSH.

“We are trying to see the positive side of this,” Shannon Stroh said. “We have five children who are involved in youth rodeo, and Shaun has only been able to be there to see them compete a few times a year. The kids are already telling their friends, ‘We’ve got a new coach in the trailer.'”


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