Hip Arthroscopy: Week 11 Post-Op (Starting to Run)

Hi everyone, quick update today.

I feel my leg getting stronger all the time.  Here is a list of things I’ve accomplished since my last post:

  • On Tuesday, I walked at least a couple miles while in New York City, something I couldn’t have done just a week ago.  I was certainly a little sore the next day, but the walking wasn’t too bad.
  • I can go up and down stairs without the use of the handrail.  I’d say I do them about 90% normal (still paying attention to my form)
  • In PT on Friday, I ran for the first time in three months.  I started out by walking at a 20-minute mile pace on the treadmill (which was still faster than I’d moved since my surgery), then the therapist asked if I felt like I could jog.  I certainly wanted to try, so we slowly increased the speed to a 10-minute mile pace, and I ran for about one minute before stopping.  It felt really good to run, I must say, but it was also obvious I hadn’t done anything like it in a long time.  I was winded, and the muscles in my left leg fatigued quickly (I told my therapist it was like doing 30-lb leg presses with one leg and 90-lbs with the other).

Most mornings, my hip feels pretty good when I wake up, but it gets a bit sore/uncomfortable with the increased activity.  I’m hoping this is just my hip flexor, groin, etc. getting re-acquianted with normal use.  I’m still less than 3 months post-op, so I think it is still too soon to expect to feel great while exercising, but I’m hoping that comes soon.

I’m meeting with the surgeon on Monday for my 3-month check-in, I’ll post about it afterwards!

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!

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