In June, 2020 I was diagnosed with an anterior and posterior labrum tear in my left hip. My best option was surgery.
I'm determined to work my way back to pre-surgery conditioning (or better). This page will document my recovery, including victories and setbacks. I’ll also be sharing the things I learn along the way.
Hopefully, if you're in a similar situation, this information will help you to know what you might encounter. It always helps to know that you're not alone. Thanks for following my journey. And cheers to your recovery efforts.
I wish I could say the first part of PT was exciting and there was a whole lot to write about. However, it wasn’t and there wasn’t. There was a lot of stability work at the PT facility and at home. You’ve probably seen some of my social media posts about my independent workouts. They’ve been at least something like a “normal” workout to me.
A few days ago I met with the surgeon again. He’s very personable and takes the time to answer any questions I fire at him. He checked my range of motion and assured me that any pain and discomfort that I’m still feeling is normal at this point. Apparently, that ball and socket joint has a suction to it when everything is working perfectly and that has to be reestablished, and that’s part of what I’m feeling. Not terribly comfortable but we press on.
The surgeon also cleared me for my next phase of PT, which is full range of motion strength building. That doesn’t mean I can go back to full-on CrossFit workouts. In fact, this is a critical time where I might want to overdo it and feel more like I could. However, I know I must temper my enthusiasm. The last thing I want to do is set myself back. So, I’ll keep doing my own workouts in my friend’s garage but I’ll keep it light. I must remind myself to listen to my body.
Another bit of good news is I’m going to switch my physical therapy provider. It’s not that the first one wasn’t good. They were very good for what I needed at the time. However, there’s some people at this new place that understand CrossFit and have worked with CrossFitters. I’m looking forward to that. They will know what I’m working towards and help me to pace myself properly.
And for the good news/bad news, I have my surgery date for my hernia repair. It’s in just a few weeks so, the good news is it will get done and I can move forward. The downside is it will slow my hip therapy and will be some additional recovery. I look at it this way; it has to get done and I can’t make the kind of progress I want until it does. So, I’ll do what I must and advance from there.