I know it’s been a while since my last post. All is well though getting back into a regular routine and working from the office has been exhausting. I had my 2nd post-op visit with the doctor on November 21st. He said that everything looks good and that the bone is healing and filling in where they made the cuts in order to rotate the joint. I also had the doctor put my x-rays side by side so I could see the difference in the coverage of the femoral head before and after (see picture). He released me to start going back to work in the office with limited hours if needed for 2 weeks and then to return full duty on December 9th. It was nice that the Thanksgiving holiday fell in the middle of this time which allowed me to get some rest after the first few days back in the office.
I have been walking with no crutches for about 2 weeks now. In the first week I was having to use one crutch some in the evenings and I was still taking the crutch with me when I would leave the house. I finally went grocery shopping this past weekend and did not even take the crutch with me. I still have a limp but it is getting better as I strengthen my muscles back up. The therapist is having me walking fast in order to just keep myself moving to avoid the limp or push through it. I have been riding my spin bike every day that I do not have PT and I am now up to 21 minutes on the bike. I started doing the stair climber at therapy last week in addition to standing on a wooden uniplane rocker on one foot and catching the ball! It was like a circus act!!! I asked the therapist if he wanted me to break my ankle…he said I want you to be able to run again 🙂
I had my 8th PT visit yesterday. I have noticed over the past two weeks as I am putting my sneakers on while sitting on the floor before riding the spin bike that I could not lift my foot and pull my leg in toward my chest to put my shoe on. It hurts really bad when I do this and something is very tight in my groin area. I mentioned this to the therapist yesterday. He spent some time feeling different muscles and tendons. He finally discovered that it is my pectineus muscle. This muscle is the most anterior adductor of the hip. The muscle does adduct and medially rotate the thigh but its primary function is hip flexion. He spent a lot of time massaging and working this muscle. It was painful and today when I just touch that area it is very sore and sensitive. I just hope that we can get it to feeling better over the next few PT sessions.
I am also sore most days on what I will call my “butt bone”…lower part of my butt where the bone feels like it is pressing against the chair when you sit but the doctor did remind me that total recovery is 6 months and that it is still healing. I know that I need to be patient and that it is going to take time…though that is a lot easier said than done. I am just glad that I am continuing to make each and every day! My scars are also improving getting flatter and less red every day.
Thank you to the individuals who have reached out to me that are preparing for PAO surgery or recovering from PAO surgery. We often think that we are the only one’s going through this. It is great to be able to talk to others who can truly relate to what you have been experiencing and know you are not alone.