5 months/ 3 weeks PO
Since both my hips were seriously not happy last week, I took about five days off and did no PT exercises at all. My hips needed a much deserved break.
My op hip is still recovering and the other one has been majorly working overtime for the last six months and has had it too. If I keep plowing through this with my PT’s “no pain, no gain” attitude, I am setting myself up for a nice stress fracture in either or both hips and that’s not part of the plan.
I kept following my PT’s instructions to the “T” and did everything he asked of me but at some point it became too much.
I am more of the “slow and steady wins the race” kind of girl and like slow approaches, but my PT just kept on piling on, one exercise after the other.
The days off felt so good, like a breath of fresh air to my hips and muscles. Less is more.
Now I started again with my exercises at home. I made up a workout plan that involves the Elliptical, walking outdoors, the stationary bike; planks, free weights, stretches and of course my PT exercises. Every day a different mix but less.
My muscles need to be confused, if I do the same old, same old – day in, day out, I will build up muscle memory and won’t improve my situation.
Last week I tried walking a mile on my treadmile. What I know now is, “a mile in the park is not the same as a mile on the TM”. (Again, a lesson learnt the hard way…)
The TM pulls too much on my hip. I have to get used to that again and build it up gradually.
This week I noticed my glutes are starting to fire again. Finally! I am glad they snapped out of it and start doing their share. The gluteus maximus is a huge muscle and if it hangs out in lala land, others muscle have to compensate and muscle compensation is never a good thing. So – welcome back!!
I still have not found the ideal rhythm of being active, challenging my hips & muscles and “pushing myself” but not overdoing it. That will take a while, years probably, but I am used to it from my previous hip surgery recoveries.
My new plan is a hit or miss with countless adjustments coming up and an even bigger need of patience. I am aching again, op hip/ good hip, seperate or together. They are flexible like that.