Fun Filled Friends Weekend

This weekend I celebrated a friend's birthday. I wore heels for the first time since the screw removal and, other then some minor soreness the following day, my hips did great. I also visited a friend while she was house and dog sitting. We went for a walk in La Jolla with the pups, but …

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Officially Cleared!!!

I saw Dr. Santore, my hip surgeon, today and he literally said "you can now forget about your hips!" WHAT?!?!?!?!?! Um, sir, you'll have to repeat that please! I almost started crying. I couldn't believe that the end had basically come on this hip journey of mine. Obviously, I won't be able to completely forget …

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Doctors Appointments

Since I settled my work comp case, I have seen two neurosurgeons of my choice. I had to get a new MRI of my cervical spine and more x-rays taken. Both surgeons say the same thing about my diagnosis and the plan of care. (I will write a blog post, eventually, with more details about …

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Surfing Real Waves

Today I went surfing for the first time in a couple of years all by myself! This time I actually paddled out, got myself into the waves (no one pushing me into them) and standing up. I've got a long way to go as far as getting back into shape and feeling strong, but that …

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One Year Hipaversary!

I'm one year post-op from my RPAO and arthroscopy! And what a year it's been! It's such a big milestone and I've looked forward to being at this stage for some time now. I can confidently say my hip is feeling awesome! It is still weak, but I'm PT'ing it right along side with the …

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Yet Another Hurdle

I received pretty devastating news today about my cervical spine. I don't write much on here about my neck injury or the recovery except for when it is associated with my hip recoveries. I am not ready to go into the details about it today either, but will probably be taking a bit of a …

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PAO PT Protocol

I found my copy of the PT protocol and thought it would be helpful to post here. These are the guidelines set up by my specific surgeon. I know other surgeons have different guidelines, so contact your surgeon and PT for details for your own recovery. If you don't have guidelines, then maybe this can …

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3 Months Post Op LPAO

Today I saw my surgeon for my three month post op appointment. I walked in with no crutches and no limp! I was excited for this appointment and to learn my most recent x-ray results and possibly be able to set my hardware removal date. It was a PAO party in the office that day! …

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Water Therapy

On top of the hard land therapy session on Monday, I also had water therapy on Tuesday and Thursday this week. We advanced in both sessions too! I'm now max'd out in my water therapy exercises and am increasing the number of reps from 10 to 15 and when it is a timed exercise, I …

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Physical Therapy

Today I had land PT and we advanced quite a bit with my exercises. He started with the typical soft tissue massage which hurts so bad. They basically massage my nerve and it just fires it up the whole time. I think he is trying to loosen my hip flexors, but my surgeon said that …

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