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!