Week Two of recovery from Hip Arthroscopy
(Don’t worry I won’t recount every week!)
My movement at the hip was gradually improving and the joint felt less tight. Deep purple bruising around the Greater Trochanter had appeared. I still required my crutches and I was very keen to try to walk as normally as possible with them while they took some of my weight.
Thanks to some very good friends of mine, I had a lovely birthday lunch, transported and cooked for and a delicious cake (courtesy of Julie Long domestic goddess!). In between courses, I managed to set Linda up correctly on her road bike!
I was dropped off at my GP surgery to have my stitches removed – I am glad that I didn’t leave it any longer because healing was well under way and they were a little difficult to remove!
I had my first physiotherapy session with Leian Lee who was drafted in by us at Heartlands Physiotherapy to help us out during my absence. Thank you Leian, I had a great session with massage and gentle passive movement (Leian taking the weight of my hip and moving it for me). This helped to gain greater flexibility into rotation but without hurting me!
She checked to see that my wounds were healing well and for any signs of infection (unusual redness, heat, pain, itchiness or any weeping at the wound). She also checked to see if my muscles were starting to engage again and that I was doing my exercises correctly – phew passed!
We introduced some New Exercises and Gentle Stretches as we both felt I was ready to progress. I had 6 key exercises to do and a few gentle stretches. I was able to start doing more repetitions up to about 3 x sets of 10. I was also very mindful to adopt a good neutral posture when standing so that I was not over-loading the front of the hip joint. If you would like to look at the exercise protocol issued by Mr Ali Bajwa’s team please click on the link below;
As I explained before the protocol acts as a guide but your physiotherapist will assess how you are getting on and recommend which exercises you should do and an appropriate number or repetitions. In my experience, each individual will progress at a different rate, according to many different factors such as what has been done in surgery, age, physicality and compliance.
The next episode will look at the next 4 weeks recovery and milestones achieved ………………………….