Hip Arthroscopy Rehab: The First Month Post-Op
Acetabular labral tears are reported to be a major cause of hip dysfunction in young to middle-age patients and a primary precursor to hip osteoarthritis. The management of hip injuries in the athletic population “…has rapidly evolved over the past decade with our improved understanding of mechanical hip pathology.” (Lynch et al., 2013) Medical and rehabilitation differential diagnosis of the hip involves many options such as labral tear, femoroactebular impingement (FAI), hip capsular laxity/instability, chondral lesions, septic joint or loose bodies in the joint.
New technology allows improved identification of tears and arthroscopic surgical repairs, yet time of injury to diagnosis is still often delayed, making long-term prognosis for hip preservation poor. The risks of arthroscopic surgery, which, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, are equal to complication rates of open hip surgeries (Arthroscopy, 2013), coupled with the lack of long term follow up studies for arthroscopic procedures, makes conservative therapy a valuable tool.
My Journey Back to Hip Health
Follow me along my journey as a patient AND a practitioner, enlisting the help of many colleagues along the way, to help me reach my goal of having a pain-free and fully functional hip after experiencing a traumatic (preventable) birth injury that led to my hip arthroscopy after a long 3 years of conservative therapy and research to determine best options and plans for both surgery and recovery.
- Post 1: Day 1 Post-Op Recovery
- Post 2: Day 2 Post-Op Recovery
- Post 3: Days 4-5 Post-Op Recovery
- Post 4: Day 6 HLI Rehab
- Post 5: Day 7 HLI Rehab: Mantras and Edema Management
- Post 6: Day 10 Slow & Steady: The Yoga of Hip Labral Rehab
- Post 7: Days 11-19: A Turning Point Hip Preservation Post-Op
- Post 8: Days 19-27: Hip Labrum Rehab Milestones
- Post 9: Days 28-34: New Pain Leads to New Discovery (and Progress!)