I am one week shy of 5 month post operative and doing really good. Particularly the past week.
In general, I am less aching after physical therapy, and I can tell my efforts with doing hours and hours of home exercises since many months are paying off and for the first time I really thought “things are coming together”.
My PT gave the green light for the treadmill and the Elliptical, only to “try it” and see how it feels.
I tried 10 minutes very slow walking on the TM and really focused on proper gait and good walking technique and the Elliptical was 5 minutes, also slow. Was okay, apart from things clicking in the back of the hip (probably the hamstring tendon snapping) but those five minutes sucked the life out of me. Wow!
I am not pushing it on the TM or the Elliptical, I am happy with 10 and 5 minutes for the moment. Those are new exercises and things have to get used to it again.
My exercises at PT are going well and I am now done with them in an hour.
I really see big improvement and last week there was a significant push in my recovery. My “slow and steady”approach is paying off.
There is still lots of work ahead but I feel really optimistic about my future and healing up.
My PT told me to try going to the park “without” crutches and see how far I get. He suggested going for 800 yards/ meters (once around the pond) but that is only happening in his little fantasy world.
I went for half of it. It felt okay, I was not in pain but on the way back I walked significantly slower and with more of a limp. A few hours afterwards both hips were aching, was not great but still tolerable.
Even though I did not go that far, it was a gorgeous day to be out. The trees were blooming, it was in the low 70’s and a picture perfect evening and I was one of the crowd.
Next up? My follow up appointment with my orthopedic surgeon. Let’s see what the X-rays will tell.