It's been awhile since I've given an update on how things are going with my hip. I had my second follow-up appointment with my hip surgeon yesterday so I thought I'd post a brief update in case anyone is wondering how things are going. T
I had low expectations going into this appointment as I saw my PT about 2 weeks ago and she told me I wasn't going to get cleared to return to running. It's been about 4.5 months since my hip surgery and I was expecting to be able to return to running around the 3 month mark, so it's been a bit frustrating. However, my PT has told me that everyone recovers differently from this surgery. My return to running has been a bit more prolonged as I've had to take a more gradual approach to the protocol provided by the surgeon as my hip flexor tends to want to act up if she adds too many exercises too soon. It also did not help that I was sick with what turned out to be walking pneumonia for 6 weeks and unable to do much activity during that time.
When I saw the surgeon yesterday, he said he's really happy with my range of motion. He said to focus on how I feel each month compared to the last month and that I should be noticing an improvement each month, which has definitely been the case for me.
So at this point, I'll keep doing my PT exercises and I can do other activities, like biking and spin classes, the elliptical and low impact classes like body pump. I'm getting closer to eliminating the imbalance of strength between my left and right hip/glute area, but I've got some more work to do. I feel a bit down about the fact that I am not able to run yet as September and October are my absolute favorite running months since the weather is perfect for running. However, come November/December, we will be moving into the part of the year when it's not all that fun to run due to colder temperatures. So even if I was able to run, this is the season when I'd start to shift my focus to other activities.
So right now, I'm trying to be patient and focus on what I can do. But it's been a challenge as I feel like everywhere I look, I see people running. There's something about not being able to do something that makes you see everyone else doing it. But I know this is the season for me to focus on building up my core strength so I can safely return to running when the time is right.
All that said, I know that having the surgery was the right decision for me. Before I had surgery, it hurt to walk short distances and now I can walk for long distances without pain. I can see the benefits of the surgery and I know that in the grand scheme of things, the time I've had to take off from running is small. It just feels soooooo long right now.