Hip Arthroscopy: Month 3.5 Post-Op

The past few weeks have been somewhat irregular for me.  A week ago, I moved to an entirely different country, and I spent the weeks prior to that preparing for the move.  For that reason, I am no longer in PT, and my self-PT time has been limited.  That said, I continue to do some basic stretching and exercises almost every day (with more emphasis on days where my hip is bothering me), and I’ve even been able to work out a few times.

But what I’ve mostly done over the past week is walk.  Without a car or a bike in my new country, I would estimate that I’ve walked between 3 and 5 miles every day for the past 8 days, and I’m pleased to say that this is not really a problem (not for my hip anyway; my feet would say otherwise).  There are still ups and downs, but these days the “Ups” mean I can run down the street when it’s raining (carefully!) or walk up steep hills, and the “Downs” mean that I feel really stiff in the morning, usually on the days following running down the street or walking up hills.

It’s hard for me to say where I should be, recovery-wise, since I’m not at home doing PT and gradually returning to sports.  I feel that by now, I’d be doing some short- and medium-distance running, as well as some high-impact exercises like jumping, at least in a controlled setting (i.e. box jumps at the gym vs. playing volleyball).  I can say this confidently because I started to do these things in my last few days of PT before moving.

For me personally, this means that I may have returned to dodgeball, which has a late-summer season in Richmond, in August.  I’m not sure if I would have played flag football this fall; it truly seems like it could have gone either way (but we don’t have flag football where I am now).  Perhaps soon I’ll try soccer, but regardless of how my hip feels, my foot-eye coordination is sure to make it appear as though I’ve had surgery on every lower-extremity joint I posses.

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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6 thoughts on “Hip Arthroscopy: Month 3.5 Post-Op

  1. Thanks for keeping the blog going! I’m on a waiting list for surgery. It’s a minimum one year wait here in Canada. In the meantime I’ve been doing core strengthening to stabilize the hip. Mainly clamshells, leg lifts and knee flexes. Fingers crossed, as these seen to be helping so far!

    Glad to hear you’re doing well, keep the updates coming!

    • Thanks for reading! I would imagine those exercises will help, and if nothing else, being stronger may help you with recovery. Good luck, and let us know how it goes.

      Brian

  2. Pingback: Hip Arthroscopy: 4 Months Post-Op | Another FAI Blog

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