There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest. ~Confucius
On the homestretch, ten weeks out from hip surgery number THREE and stoked as can be!
I don’t know if it is because this is my third hip surgery meaning I am experienced with the rehab process at this point, but I am finding this surgery to be the easiest to recover from both mentally and physically. I truly believe that the third time will be the charm and I will soon put all this hip surgery crap behind me.
During week 10 of my FAI hip surgery recovery, I am up to riding the stationary bike for 60 minutes, the elliptical for 10 minutes, and can walk for 30-45 minutes no problem. My physical therapy routine now consists of crab walks, squats, lunges, fire hydrants and side plank/clam shell superhero combos plus hip flexor, butterfly, adductor, and quad stretches, and lots and lots of cat/cows for the low back plus plenty of hot baths, Tiger Balm, and dark chocolate for the spirit.
Fun Observations During Week 10:
- I sometimes forget I had hip surgery and do things like run “literally” out to the car and hop down the stairs
- I no longer cuss runners under my breath when I spot one out on the road
- I catch myself crossing my legs unconsciously
- I started having running dreams
- I have starting compiling my return to running after FAI surgery plan
- I have been devouring words and encouragement about returning to running after injury
- I get very, very excited about new physical therapy exercises like crab walks with obstacles – yay!
- I am being overall nicer to people and more optimistic about the future 🙂
Not so Fun Observation During Week 10:
- My quad is super tight on the “good” side (non-recently operated hip)
- My hip flexor on the op side is still pretty tight although it is loosening up slowly
- My SI joint still causes some discomfort while sitting, but it is getting better… I think
- I had an orthopedic doc evaluate my low back and he said there was some narrowing between my S1-L5 vertebrae, which could be the cause of my low back pain. He said the more likely cause of the low back/SI pain is my pelvic instability and lack of core strength resulting from two hip surgeries in one year. My doc said it will probably take a long time to get better, but to keep up with the core exercises and hip PT and give it a few months before I worry about it.
All in all, good progress!