Healing: hip “capsule” & bone “mesh”

OK guys the age-oldest question probably on this blog… “how do I know when to return to running”? I am five weeks post op and according to my PT, surgeon, collective wisdom, experiences of many of you (thank you!) on this blog, I have made a very rapid and successful recovery… and I am most grateful for that and for the amazing advice from the group!  I have also read many of the archives here on the blog about this topic.

From what I gather, there are three key determinants to return to running: 1) I am walking, moving, shuffling, etc. without pain; my body “feels good”, 2) my hip capsule is healed and solid, and 3) my new hardware in my bones are “meshed”… so #1 I can definitely determine, but #2&3 are determined by the medical community I assume?  I totally understand the movement restrictions (no leg crossovers, no hip hip joint going past 90°) but truly for the best majority of us, we would not be doing that that kind of movement anyways…running, cycling, elliptical, weight training…in my entire adulthood only recreational soccer or flag football ever put me in those positions.  The motion of running and cycling requires very little range of motion…

So to reiterate my question, what is the science on the return to running other than my three points asked?  Thank you in advance for what I know will be informative responses!

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      WedgeC
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      OK guys the age-oldest question probably on this blog… “how do I know when to return to running”? I am five weeks post op and according to my PT, su
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      Brian
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      Hi, I don’t think this answers your question, but I got x-rays and saw my surgeon last Tuesday which was the 3-month mark and was given the go-ahead to begin running. He wants me to pay attention to pain deep in my thigh or pelvis, which would be signs of potential issues with the bone “mesh.” I’ve started doing 30 second jogs during my walks and once I was over the fear that my femur would shatter, it hasn’t been too bad. I’ll probably increase to 1 minute jogs after this week if I’m not having a lot of soreness after.

      Keep healing well!

      Brian

    • #19294
      WedgeC
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      Hey Brian I think that is a great answer and much appreciated and thank you! ironically I asked these questions of my physical therapist today and while she immediately pronounced that she was not qualified to speak about the bone mesh, that would be left to the orthopedic surgeon, she did state that 12 weeks – three months – is a significant milestone in terms of full movement and return to activities.

    • #19298
      WedgeC
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      Thanks again for the response Brian and when you say “soreness”, is that quad and hamstring soreness or is “pain in your thigh” soreness?

    • #19302
      Brian
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      Hi, quad and glute soreness similar to a hard workout vs pain deep in the pelvis or thigh bone. I’ve been amazed at how little strength I lost, but how much muscle stamina I have lost. Those 30 second to 1 minute runs should be easy, but my quad, especially down near my knee does feel fatigued and sore the next day. Little by little it is getting better and I’m learning to be a better waiter 🙂

      Good luck!

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