I am 5 months out from surgery. At this point, I hike locally (~4 miles) once
a week, exercise bike 45 minutes about 4x per week, lift weights
(machines…..not loading the femur) 3-4x per week. Actually, I will do dumbells
(curls, shoulder presses) with maybe 35 lbs, but I put probably 60% on the
I occasionally get hip flexor and/or psoas tightness, which is typically a
result of my not stretching them enough. No OA pain at all.
I started doing PT at about 4 months out. Dr. Gross does not normally prescribe
it, but I asked for it, and he said "strengthening only, no ROM". That is fine,
and I recommend it highly. I found that – like everybody says – the big muscles
come back quickly, but the little ones do not. I was getting a lot of clunking.
Also, I noticed that quick, postural adjustments – like when you trip on
something or slip a little – would really make the operated hip noticeable.
After two week of PT, my clunking is nearly gone. I’m really glad I went, and
may go for more later in the year, if I can identify a specific shortcoming.
I am counting the weeks until I can run (4 more to go). I’m not a marathon
runner, but I LOVE a good 3-4 mile run. There’s a trail run 5k on my birthday in
October, so I’m planning on being ready for that (just to complete…not
compete). And, I’m a bit tired of the exercise bike. I may, over the July 4th
weekend, get out the mountain bike and do some easy trails. I could do THAT all
day long, but still have a little apprehension of a wipeout. We also have
workout videos like "Insanity" that I’d like to get back to, as they get my
heart rate to a level that I rarely achieve on the exercise bike.
Anyway, thanks, as always, to all the cheerleaders on this site, and good luck
to those about to take the plunge. It is SO worth it.