Parklife, it's a bit early in my own recovery to help with your specific query, but a good few years back I had trouble getting back into running after a fairly serious ankle injury, and in the end a stand-in physio, (ex pro rugby league physio) basically told me to grow a pair, "once the doc says it's fixed, then it's fixed; it will always give some discomfort whenever you push the recovery, trust the doc, accept it's fixed and run through it is the pain is less than OUCH."
No idea if that will help you or wind you up, I promise that I hope for the first!
It initially wound me up at the time, but next time out I ran through discomfort, and as it didn't get worse, I carried on. The next time out, it took longer for the discomfort to come on, and so on. Ten years later I was till getting the occasional twinge for that area, I suppose I'm saying to think whether it's pain from a continuing problem or a reasonable result of pushing on.
Just had my post op consultation (+7 weeks), seems that the wear and tear was at the worse end of what Mr K had anticipated, meaning a longer recovery and potentially less success. But on the bright side, now able to drive a short way, turn legs on a bike (minimum load) and get myself to the swimming pool/gym regularly (because I was relying on lifts until now), so feeling slightly less institutionalized.
Operation day + 5 weeks. Walking short distances without a crutch, although painful afterwards, and any kind of slope is more difficult. Any accidental rotation forces through the joint cause a sharp pain, but most of the time pain free when sitting still now. Can now see the rate of improvement slowing, which is to be expected I suppose. The hard work has started now hasn't it.
Some of the range of motion exercises are really difficult, and I'm more prop forward than ultraman so flexibility has never been that good, and even getting to the starting point of some stretches difficult, so need to explore alternatives with physio at next weeks appointment.
This youtube is pretty good, the story is a youngish physio who's had a hip scope done in Ireland, it's day 0 (just after surgery) then he's posed about 20 more if you search by "more videos from this user" , as a video diary of his extremely rapid recovery. One of the comments even disbelieves he is genuine! May be he's got a high pain threshold or his op was less intrusive than some of ours. But I found them worth a watch as he's got knowledge of both the patients and professionals point of view, and gave me some ideas how to adapt the physio into ways that suit my frame better.
Thanks to all who've taken time to post on here before, it really helps to hear other experiences, whether good or bad.
Stuff I've learned or did which I'd recommend: get simple things like toenails trimmed, haircut done BEFORE the operation as it's a heck of a meither afterwards.
Stockpile as many books, DVD's etc as you can for the first few weeks, and make sure you can sit on a comfy chair and put the mobile on charge, reach the laptop, see the TV etc, even if you have an endless supply of family support YOU get sick of asking "could you just pass me the.. "
Stick to what your medics tell you, there is endless info on line but they've seen your injury and know what happened in your hip when they operated.
Allow 6 times as much time as you think you'll need to get up, get shoes on, get to car, stash crutches drive to physio, retrieve crutches, walk into hospital etc etc
Make sure there is an hour every day when everyone leaves you alone, no visitors, no phone call to see how you are. Everyone means well but you need your rest and time to recover mentally as well as physically.
Hi all, +3 weeks from surgery for impingement, had mine at Gobowen in Shropshire under Mr Karlaki on the NHS. Thought I'd offer my experiences where they differ from the general themes here. My diagnosis is impingement, thinning cartilage, early osteoarthritis.
Waiting/funding: no apparent issues, pain wasn't chronic, I got mine diagnosed early so my op is to try to delay it worsening. It was bad enough that I'd stopped running a couple of months ago, after several years of reducing activity from marathons, through shorter Tri's to nothing expect walking. In context though, I climbed 12 Munro's less than a month before my op, as walking has never been that problematic, at least once I'd warmed up and got loose. Couple of ibuprofen after a day on the hills would generally see me sleep OK and be able to loosen up the following day, and I'd managed to find a job that wasn't dependent on physical ability, or compromised if I woke up and needed an hour to loosen up before commuting.
Risk: Mr K's reckoning is a 70% chance of improvement, and by the 3 months mark we should be able to tell if any improvement, although 6 months to full recovery ( ie as good as it will ever get) is more realistic.
Although that doesn't sound great odds, the chances of it being worse are pretty low (something like 5%) with a 25% of being neither better or worse. I suppose those numbers are really subjective and vary from patient to patient though?
Worst case is a joint damaged beyond repair and bringing forward a FHR, nerve damage (unrepairable) or the very very worst, which is very low risk but always present for any surgery.
Hospital: op at 3pm, woke up 7ish, out 2pm next day. Had general & a spinal too, recommended additional spinal by anesthetist more to numb pain during first few hours of recovery than anything else though. She did make absolutely sure I understood that being unable to move my legs when I first came round was normal. They regularly do this op, and even FHR with just a spinal apparently especially for older patients
Overnight was horrible, they fit air pumps to the feet to reduce DVT risk, which was really uncomfortable and although not really in any pain, it was generally a long uncomfortable night. Physio next day was really only able to get me on my feet and show me how to use crutches, and explain a set of mobilisation/clenching exercises to do at home
Recovery: I had no pain, honestly, none at all. Until I moved. Then it was like a hot knife through my groin. So I didn't move much for the first night at home, day 2 forced myself to first mobilisations. I haven't cried with pain before. But it only lasts while you're moving, and by day 3 it was easier. 3 weeks on, I can move around the house w/o crutches, as of yesterday physio recommends using one (on opposite side of body) when I go outside or if tired. Still no bike, cross trainer type stuff though, just strength and mobilisation on the bedroom floor. Current "favourite" is pulling knee into chest 20 times for 20 sec. You know I said I hadn't cried with pain before...
Physio reckons the main thing is to do the exercises, my employers have offered to pay for additional physio if it gets me back in work sooner, but it's mostly doing the exercises again and again and again that makes a difference, not doing them with a physio present.
Painkillers: I'm not good with morphine, it doesn't work on me so I just feel sick and still have the pain, so all I got was Paracetamol, 8 tablets a day for 8 days is all I had once the spinal had worn off. It was enough.
Prognosis: too early to say. pre-op Mr K set my expectations, I won't ever run marathons again, but it should reduce pain, improve flexibility and probably should be good for a few more sprint Tri' s and get a few more years out of it before I need a