At 8 weeks, things are moving slowly with my hip, but still moving forward.
I am no longer using crutches at all, except for long distances (I went to a baseball game at Nationals’ Park in DC last night, and I used the crutches to get from the car to the stadium and back). Sometimes my gait feels close to normal, while other times I still limp a bit. I can also go up and down stairs, though not totally normally.
In PT, I have made strides as well. I’ve added a small amount of weight to my leg lifts, I use the 4-way hip machine (pictured below), and I’m now doing squats on the balance board, though I don’t go very low.
Overall, I’d say things continue to progress as far as recovering from surgery goes. Where I do have concerns is whether a full recovery will mean getting back to how I felt before the problems started, or how I felt prior to surgery. Yesterday, while concentrating on my gait, my hip popped loudly and painfully. It felt sort of like when you crack your knuckles, except that it also hurt. It scared me quite a bit because it was similar to the popping I felt prior to surgery (which would mostly happen when getting out of the car).
I posed a question about the pop in an FAI forum, and got many responses from people who say that despite overall surgery success, their hips pop every once in a while. The reasons given were either scar tissue breaking up, or air pockets releasing (similar to cracking your knuckles). I also asked my PT about it, and while he didn’t know what caused it, he wasn’t concerned, based on the position of my hip when it happened. It seems like another mental battle for me as I recover.
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!