Today is May 11, 2022 and it is one year since my hip replacement. I had some Right hip pain off and on for bits of my life and around 2016, my hip had a sudden sharp pain while walking my dog and she lurched on the leash to my right. From that moment on, pain would come and go but it steadily got worse despite my own physical therapy knowledge, exercise, truncating my activity level, and using other things such as heat and or ice. It got to the point where I had trouble sleeping, had trouble walking without pain and a limp despite using two walking sticks, and it began to affect my daily life on a consistent basis.
A PT colleague of mine (a few of them actually) knew that I needed a hip replacement and I also knew but had a lot of fear of the procedure. This despite me having helped rehab and post rehab hundreds of these surgeries and knowing their success. It is a medical “miracle” and most hip replacements are very successful. I’m thankful to my colleagues for pushing me in the direction of getting it done.
Dr Garcia in Sante Fe New Mexico was the surgeon I choseand I opted for an anterior approach hip replacement. I do know that after one year, it doesn’t matter all that much of the approach as the outcomes are similar. With that said, I really didn’t want to entertain the posterior hip precautions and wanted a quicker recovery. The surgery was an ultimate success. I had some pretty intense pain post surgery but after a few weeks, I was already back to walking distances with very little to no pain.
I did my own PT which shouldn’t be much of a shock. I’m a big believer in the power of movement including strengthening, working on balance, and general stamina. If you don’t do your PT, you will not recover as fast and it’s much more difficult to getting back to life again!
As a mobile personal trainer who specializes in the senior market, if you’ve had your hip replaced, did your Physical Therapy, were discharged (or about to be), and would still like to get stronger, work on your balance, and enhance your ability to achieve bigger goals, then give me a call. I’d like to help get you to the next level of your journey!
PS…please forgive my not so well written post. I wrote it quickly and wanted it to read like I was talking directly to my audience. 😊