“5K on New Years Day” walk

Hello Everyone,

I’m pretty new here. I had a THR on 10/08/20–posterior, with a cobalt and chromium ball and the Stryker Modular Dual Mobility socket. Since I am double jointed and accustomed to a range of motion far beyond normal, my surgeon thought (and I agreed) that I needed a dual mobility socket. This was my second surgery in 2 years on the same hip. I broke my hip in a bicycle accident in 2019. It was initially repaired with 3 screws. For awhile my recovery was going well, but then I had a major relapse. X-rays showed that I had developed avascular necrosis, and the only treatment was a THR.

I have been walking every day, slowly building my endurance. It has taken longer than I had hoped. I had to let go of some goals, because it was obvious that my body just wasn’t ready for them. The goal that I was able to hold onto was to be able to walk 5K by New Years. I am happy to say that on New Years Day, my partner and I went out to a local Rail Trail and we walked the 5K without difficulty! It feels like a big step on the road to recovery.

Question: Since I had posterior surgery, I have been dealing with 3 months of hip movement restrictions. My 3 months will be over in a few days. For those of you who had posterior surgery, what was it like when you were finally able to bend your hip past 90 degrees? I have a feeling that my soft tissues will be very stiff and not want to bend. Were you able to just bend, or did you have to spend weeks or months stretching out? How careful do I still need to be not to dislocate my hip? Any thoughts would be most welcome.

-Hoppie

 

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    • #19202
      Hoppie
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      Hello Everyone, I’m pretty new here. I had a THR on 10/08/20–posterior, with a cobalt and chromium ball and the Stryker Modular Dual Mobility socket.
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      Hi! I had both hips done anterior, but i had a dislocation, which had to be repaired by posterior surgery. After the initial 3 months, there was some lack of range of motion and stiffness. Couldn’t go to 90 deg. until at least a month. If you work gradually at increasing your range of motion, it will come back. I’m 8 months post surgery, and my range of motion is pretty close to normal, but it’s still not where it was pre surgery. Like a lot of folks on here, i’m beginning to see that full recovery is a long process. I’m back to working out with weights full bore, and gradually easing back into running a few miles a week. Be patient and good luck!

    • #19220
      Hoppie
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      Thanks, Brent. My 3 months was up today. I tied my shoes, crossed my legs, and drove my car without the booster cushion, but I didn’t push it any further than that. My leg muscles are stiff. I can see that I’ll be working to loosen them up.

      You are so right about recovery being a long process. The further I go, the more I see that I have in front of me. I’m glad that your recovery continues to progress.

      –Hoppie

    • #19234
      Buzz
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      Hi Hoppie. I have a similar story . I broke my hip in April of 2018 in a Segway accident. I had three screws put in my hip. All was well for about a year or so. I was running regularly from 6 months to about one year out. Then the pain came back. PT didn’t work and I was diagnosed with necrosis. About a year ago I got a new hip. My surgeon was/is lukewarm about running. I did a lot of walking for several months and PT and began running in June of 2020. I run about 3 times a week, 3-4 miles. Sometimes more. My surgeon hasn’t really forbid any exercise but hasn’t really promoted any either. I still feel occasional pain in my hip. Sometimes on the inside but usually in the butt area. More of a tightness really. It always feels better after I run or workout. I do some general stretching before and after exercise. Hope that helps.
      Buzz

    • #19251
      Hoppie
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      Thanks, Buzz. Yep, your story is very similar to mine, right down the PT that didn’t work when my hip started hurting again. My surgeon has absolutely forbidden running. I don’t know what I’ll do about that. Right now, I don’t think my leg would tolerate it anyways. I’m glad to hear that you can run some–I’ll be happy if I can run about as much as you do in time.
      Hoppie

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