Today is the 6-month anniversary of my surgery, so I believe it’s time for an update.
Overall, I continue to feel better, though I am disappointed that I still have discomfort in my hip. I figured by 6 months that this would all be behind me, but that is simply not the case. From reading others’ experiences, it can often take longer than the doctors say to feel fully back to normal, so it’s not as though I’ve lost hope for a full recovery – I just wish it was happening faster.
I experienced a setback at around four and a half months post-op after I did a workout that involved some low box jumps (6 inches or so). At the time, I had been feeling great. Probably close to 85%, as best I could tell from my currently less-active lifestyle (remember, I recently moved to Europe, so I do a lot of biking, walking, and hiking, but I am not playing any sports at the moment). Unfortunately, my hip pain/discomfort flared up after the box jumps and lasted nearly 2 weeks. It wasn’t as though I couldn’t walk; in fact, I was still riding my bicycle. But I found that my hip was always bothering me during that time.
It was a little unsetting, thinking, “Man, I was feeling pretty good, then when I do something mildly impactful, it sets my hip off again.” To be honest, it made me wonder what would happen if I tried to play flag football, or volleyball, or some other high-impact sport. I am hoping to find out sometime soon, if I can find a reason to go run around a bit.
It hasn’t been all gloomy though – I recovered from the setback, and the last few weeks have been much better. I would estimate that most of the time I feel like I’m at about 90% (again, in a non-sports lifestyle). Some days I’ll be more sore than on others, such as the day after we built all our new furniture from IKEA.
Currently, I still see myself on a positive trajectory, but I certainly wish it was faster. I am concerned about how my hip will respond to playing sports though. I wonder if it’s something that will hurt the first time whether I did it at 4 months or 12 months. Maybe it’s one of those things that will have to be eased into no matter how much I let my hip heal first.
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!