Nine weeks after surgery, and while I thought I’d be farther along at this point, at least there seems to be steady improvement. But what I really wanted to share today is a great example of how there can be good days and bad days.
Yesterday was one of the bad days. My hips were stiff (both of them actually) and my groin and hip flexors were particularly bothersome. The discomfort in my groin was similar to what I’d experienced before surgery it was there all day. I walked with a limp most of the day and by the evening, I didn’t really feel like doing much. It all created one of those is-this-ever-going-to-get-better moods.
But then today was a great day! When I woke up, my hips were feeling loose, and the pain in my groin muscles had dissipated (it should be noted that last night I stretched my groin for the first time since surgery). I walked without a limp and at PT, we made two positive changes: 1) increased the weight on the leg press from 45 to 60 lbs, and 2) walked on the treadmill for the first time.
The treadmill was the exciting part; I walked at a 24-minute mile pace, which felt faster than I’d been walking lately, and at a 2% grade. I was surprised to actually get a bit winded just from walking, but my hip felt good after 7 minutes. And I suppose when your activity level is so low for so long, it doesn’t take much to get tired. For me, it was great timing to get on the treadmill. I’m travelling to NYC next week and want to be able to do some walking, and the fact that we used the treadmill today gives me the confidence to keep increasing the walking I do between now and then.
Just a reminder that things can be up and down for some time after surgery.
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!