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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Things might be looking up

Around about week eight post-op, things started sort of looking up for my hip. It's still too soon to say (I'm only at week nine now!), but I feel like I've made several large improvements all at once.
1. The painful tugging and catching on my hip flexor has lessened enormously.
2. The sudden stabbing pain has gone away.
3. My recovery from bad days is much faster: I can go to sleep in a lot of pain and wake up pain-free.
4. And I actually have a "pain-free" - sometimes there is no pain at all.

I still have a lot of problems, too - namely,
1. Catching and clicking inside the joint.
2. Pain with adduction combined with extreme flexion.
3. Hip flexor pain
4. Sensation of hip "falling out" of socket

But big changes for the better? Awesome. On Sunday I was able to walk the 3.2 mile park loop with David and didn't feel any pain except some hip flexor complaint when I extended too far. And that was after walking around at Dirty Linen all night on Saturday.
I don't know if improvements are because of something I did, or they just came with time, but I have been stretching a TON more lately. I bought a stretching strap, and at PT we've been pretty much yanking the joint everywhere. We aren't really stretching the muscles themselves (except the hip flexor, which continues to be a problem), but we are stretching the joint itself, trying to clear the hip capsule of scar tissue. I do feel a lot better after a good stretch, so I think it is at least a contributing factor.

I'm feeling a little more positive about the situation now. Who knows? Maybe I'll make big improvements and be able to ease back into running in the fall. I still have that as my goal.


  1. Great news! Hopefully you'll continue making progress & be up & running again in the fall. :)

  2. That's great! Wear that band out, it's sooo good for you!

  3. Hooray! That is so great that you are making progress and feeling less pain. Being able to walk 3.2 miles is great! I remember when I went on my first longish walk after I started to heal from my RA flare up. It felt so great to get out there again and made me realize how much I took being active for granted. I hope you continue to heal and progress!

  4. That's so good to hear. Keep up the good work.

  5. I hope the next few weks go by swiftly for you. I'm impressed with your upbeat attitude.