FIRST PT SESSION AFTER HIP FLARE-UP
Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Laura, my Physical Therapist, said she was amazed that I walked in with no cane and no limp. She had reviewed my chart and my x-rays. Dr. Hitt had written her a note that said "ZERO cartilage in right hip." She said he actually drew a big fat zero, something she says he never does.
I was concerned that PT would want me to work on "range of motion" when I know my hip will not go out to the right side very far. Dr. Hitt says that is because my body had grown bone spurs where the cartilage should be and I have one on the outside of the joint, which means no exercise will make my hip move that way.
Laura was on top of everything and when I explained to her my two flare-ups, six years apart, how I recovered and am just now recovering from the second one, she said she was not going to do anything. She said anything she would do would flare me up. I am recovering because my body has figured out how to handle the bone-on-bone hip joint, other muscles compensating, and I should keep doing everything I have been doing. She stressed swimming and any non-weight bearing exercise, like my recumbent bike.
She also said I could use the elliptical, because even though it's weight bearing, it's continuous motion without your foot leaving the ground, then pounding it over and over.
Her one caution was, if it hurts, if it feels uncomfortable, STOP. Only do something as far as it is comfortable or inflammation will strike again and that is what causes my real pain. And the pain was very real, excruciating.
She told me my way of eating - avoid sugar and starch and eat lots and lots of veggies with some meat - is probably why I was able to recover from the inflammation at all. That is basically an anti-inflammatory diet, although I do eat dairy which isn't too good. Not as bad as sugar, though. (We all know I'm not perfect at that way of eating, but this is motivating me to get back on track.)
She did give me a print out of some water and floor exercises, again saying don't do anything that hurts. Being so active is what saves me, makes me strong and able to recover. NEVER STOP MOVING is her advice, but be realistic about how long, how far, and how hard I can perform any movement.
So she is the third person, Dr. Hitt, my orthopedic surgeon and Dr. Betanski, my primary care physician being the first two, to tell me I'm doing everything right. Just keep on and don't overdo. (Don't overdo is my main weakness. My six month long line-dancing party is proof of that, lol.)
She gave me her number to call if I have questions and I can come back to see her anytime in the next six months.
She said, my orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Hitt is THE ONE. Don't go anywhere else. He's the man. "My parents live out of state and when they need a hip or knee replacement I am bringing them to Dr. Hitt." So I've done the right thing in choosing him!
I feel much better about it all. Got some good reminders about eating right and being MODERATE in my exercise attempts.