Over the past few days, I’ve spent more and more time without crutches. I still walk with a noticable limp, but I think it’s getting better, and I can stand/walk unassisted for longer. In fact, I showered without crutches for the first time today (graduated from the shower stool to standing with crutches at 6 weeks).
One thing I’ve noticed, is that on days when I move more, my hip actually feels better in the evening. On Monday and today (Thursday) I went to work and ran an errand or two, which required a little bit of walking. Each of those evenings, I felt like I was walking around my apartment pretty well. Tuesday and Wednesday, on the other hard, I worked from home and walked very little, and felt much stiffer moving around the apartment in the evening.
I have to say that going from weight-bearing to walking normally has taken longer than I expected. However, I’ve been able to stay positive because I do feel myself getting stronger and more flexible (even if it is slow), and I haven’t experienced any significant pain from walking or PT. Except for when the therapist massages the incision, that still stings like a *@&$#!
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!