I’ve had a couple good days in a row. My hip feels stronger each time I do my PT exercises (which you can read about in this post), and I’m looking forward to Monday, when I get to start the process of getting off crutches and walking again. I’m curious to see how my PT sessions change now that I’ll be able to put weight on my leg. Currently, I do my exercises on my own, followed by 10 minutes on the sitting elliptical machine. Then the therapist comes over to “work” on me. This involves the following:
- Massaging the main incision to break up scar tissue; this will help with flexibility later, and stings like hell.
- Massage the muscles in my hip and groin that are giving me trouble. This also hurts a bit, as the most tender spots are where he needs to press the hardest.
- Moving my leg within the currently allowable range of motion, but beyond where I would be able to on my own (due to a lack of strength and flexibility). This typically consists of pulling my leg back to stretch the hip flexor, bending my knee to stretch the quad, bending my hip to 90 degrees, and slowly increasing my rotational range of motion (internal and external)
I’ll provide another update next week when I’ve started putting weight on my hip!
Are you recovering from surgery for FAI or a torn labrum, or considering it? I’d love to hear how you’re rehab is going – feel free to post a comment or question below!