This update is a long time coming, but even though I’m actually 16 months post-op, I’m calling it a one-year update.
Keep in mind for everything below – before my injury and surgery, I was extremely active. This meant working out in a gym 4 days per week, in addition to multiple recreational sports leagues (flag football, dodgeball, volleyball, etc.). Three months after my surgery, I moved to Germany, meaning my activity level has changed. I am not participating in sports and I don’t workout with free weights like I used to. I do, however, maintain an active lifestyle in other ways, which I’ll describe below. What this means is, I still don’t know how my hip will handle playing football, for instance.
Day-to-day, I typically feel pretty good. There are still days when I can tell that my hip isn’t in its out-of-the-box condition, but most days aren’t like this. And when I do get a day like that, I’ll stretch a bit extra, or move my hip around to warm it up before I get out of bed in the morning. To be honest, it looks like I’ll have to live with days like this; and I’m ok with that, as long as I can still maintain an active lifestyle close to what I had before. I’ll deal with soreness if it means I can play weekend-warrior sports at my previous level. And I’m hoping to find out soon, as I’m moving back to the US this fall!
As for my activity level over the past 10 months, let’s just start by saying that things are different in Germany than they are back in the US:
- For starters, I ride my bicycle everywhere, and even did a 30km ride in Switzerland (well, ok, I walked for significant portions of it, but that was to do with my legs not being used to such distances and hills, and nothing to do with my hip).
- I gave walking tours almost daily that required me to walk on cobblestone streets for up to 2 hours at a time (which felt absolutely fine in good sneakers, though some low-quality shoes bothered my hip a bit).
- And I did a lot of hiking, since it’s basically a national pastime in Germany. These weren’t long hikes, mind you, but anywhere from a couple kilometers to as many as 10km in a single day. And not always on flat ground. In fact, last weekend, I hiked between all 5 towns in Cinque Terre, Italy. And now the best news – I rarely have any problems with my hip as a result.
To sum up my condition at 16 months (and 12 months, really), I’d say this: If I didn’t care about playing sports at a competitive weekend warrior level, I’d by 95% satisfied. I feel like I can say that my life will not be negatively impacted by my injury. I walk, hike, ride my bicycle, and lift things when needed, and generally move around without problem. The missing 5% stems from the fact that there are still the days when I have soreness that didn’t exist before, as I mentioned above.
But as I also mentioned above, I’m still waiting anxiously to see how my hip responds to high-impact sports. But that’s an update that will have to wait a while longer, unfortunately.
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!