SarahH – 8 weeks: back in the saddle after a minor scare

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      Hi there When I last reported at nearly 2 weeks, I was very optimistic: walking was getting progressively better & I was back to using stairs to g
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      Sarah thank you for relaying your story and my PT have been great since my procedure three months ago, but I can also relate to the fact that only “we” know our own pain limits… 95% of what they have given me has been a breeze but single leg squats did NOT agree on my operated side! So I backed off…And I would recommend the professionals’ advice but listen to your body!!! Muscular stiffness and soreness have been with me more than I would have expected post-op; nearly every day, also a sign that I am pushing it, but still listening. It sounds like cycling is your ticket 👍
      On another note, I cannot even imagine the drudgery of the lockdown you are living in… I won’t get into politics 😉 but I am thankful I live in a warm weather location without restrictions where I can bring my health back to better than pre-op levels!

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      Sarah thank you for your post, I am 3 weeks behind you at 5 weeks post anterior THA. Like you I had a roller coaster of improvement and failure. Most of the time it was because of my own need to over do it. When I would have weird knee pain or some kind of discomfort in my hip I would tell my PT’s first and they would adjust my therapy accordingly and change my habits and exercises at home. In the last few days I’ve began noticing more improvements and walking better. I don’t own a bike, but I am an ultra runner so I do go outside for walks/hikes. Yesterday I managed a 5k hike with the use of a trekking pole (in the snow, I live in Alaska after all) with no discomfort at all. I did rest the hip when I got home and applied ice as well. I was allowed to return to work last week on restricted duty (very restricted) desk work mostly with walking breaks every 30 minutes. I’m looking at getting a bike for cross training (I use to race bikes in the 90’s) and the more and more I hear from hip recoveries such as yours makes me want to get back on the saddle! Congratulations on the amazing recovery and keep it up!

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      Hip Brother Tom

      Sarah. What a great story. Just imagining you making your way with your new hip on a bike on the streets of Paris paints a picture of joy that makes me feel a little bit jealous. Chris and WedgeC provide great feedback to you. Listen to you hip and let you hip dictate the pace. Back off when it tells you to and try again when it is ready. Eventually you’ll be back to doing all of the things you used to do. So sorry for you and the third Covid wave, but keep up the great attitude and take advantage of this time to get stronger.

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      Thanks all for the encouraging comments. And I will say, rehab micro-goals are an excellent distraction from all the macro-issues that Covid has unleashed, and the 10k “leash” will prevent me from overdoing it on the bike.

      WedgeC: You nailed it on the head: considering how anterior THR is considered the “faster-healing” approach I was taken aback by soreness and how long it’s taking to resume my normal gait (am very nearly there, but not quite as light-footed as before). Granted, my previous time on crutches was after an arthroscopic ACL reconstruction & a tibia stress fracture, so nothing as invasive as replacing the top part of the biggest bone in one’s body ).

      AKrunner907: I encourage you to get that bike. I can imagine the scenery and the MTB or gravel possibilities!

      HB Tom: Thanks for this site. I told my pro-THR-running surgeon about it and he was extremely interested. 🙂

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