Week 25 post #hipreplacement

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I can’t believe how fast this time has gone, we are also halfway through the year, it’s been a real roller coaster of success and failure. Both hips and other joints, as one fixes others are breaking down.

I’ve made an appointment to see MiCats for steroid injection, but the assessment appointment isn’t until Sept so I’m looking at another 2 months of hand pain and swellings.

Testing the abilities and accepting some limitations for now. But overall I’m pleased with how it’s going. It’s not as fast as others, but I now know why and how to combat it as best as I can.

I’ve switched up my exercises for this week. Not too different but enough to challenge the muscle groups.

This week I’ve done

  • Hip flexion ankle weighted 20reps x 1
  • Hip abduction ankle weighted 20reps x 1
  • Hip extension forwards ankle weighted 20reps x 1
  • Hip extension backwards ankle weighted 20reps x 1
  • Heel to butt ankle weighted 20reps x 1
  • Ball squeezes ankles 20reps x 1
  • Ball squeezes knees 20reps x 1
  • Ball squeeze hip bridges 20reps x 1
  • Traditional side clam raise green band 20reps x 1 (omg this is so hard)
  • Duck walking green band 20reps x 1
  • Lunge walking ankle weighted 20reps x 1
  • Prone knee raise ankle weighted 20reps x 1
  • Prone heel to butt ankle weighted 20reps x 1

Somehow this really kicked my butt!! I felt so strong last week, but switching it up has activated muscles in different ways. So it’s all good but very very tiring.

Ive increased my water intake, started to think about foods more, and just have a more positive outlook on weight, life and health. Probably helps that the sun has been shining this week too. Love summer!!

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Physio appointment on day 146 #hipreplacement

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So it’s physio time, and I’ve been looking forward to asking about the weakness I’m experiencing in the opposite hip. It’s something ive noticed ove the last few weeks. I do work both legs at home whereas at the official appointments we only do the operated leg.

Also I’m officially 21 weeks post op tomorrow. So it’s nice to show her how far I’ve come, as suddenly I feel like this leg has really turned a corner. Yes I’ve ached (well deserved aches, from pushing it hard) but rest, medication and time have stopped the aches, and I feel stronger than ever.

After a brief discussion of what I’ve been experiencing, such as weakness in the left hip, but with no pain. We decided it could simply be from muscle wastage and weakness, so the plan from now is to work on targeted areas (glutes and abductors) on both legs.

So we started with a Stationary bike for 5mins at resistance level 3

Then onto the leg press machine 25reps with 40lbs (I felt operated leg taking over though)

Onto a fave, duck walking with a green resistance band. Feet outwards, bend a bit, then walk sideways. 50 reps.

Onto other butt burners, walking lunges (so as deep) between parallel bars for stability. 30 reps.

Hip abduction with resistance band around knees 25 reps.

Onto hip bridges, where I know quads dominate. So adding a ball to squeeze between knee, engages the glutes. 25 reps.

Absolutely exhausted, but carrying on, we added an ankle weight and did a front leg raise, with foot out, toes pulled up. To engage abductors. 10 reps. (Left leg would NOT lift up)

Rolling into the front, prone lying Knee bent it was a knee raise with an ankle weight. 15 reps. (Left struggled)

Then to finish up we grabbed a kettle bell to hold. While sitting, going into a standing position, while pushing pelvis forward. 25 reps.

I can honestly say my butt was on FIRE after these. I surely waddled out as well. But I felt productive, and like we had done some good. So now it’s resting up, and nursing that burn.

Day 121 #hipreplacement Second land physio

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Finally a second appointment, delays due to Easter holidays, then holiday for my physiotherapist too. And finally we are here, 3 weeks later.

Hopefully we can work on some weaknesses and build up some much needed muscles too. This month has been pants for physio, and Arthritis flare ups, so I really hope things start to settle down.

This time round (following knee discussion)

  • 5 mins level 2 stationary bike
  • 15 reps 30kg leg press
  • 15 reps green band hip extension backwards
  • 15 reps green band hip abduction
  • 15 reps green band hip extension forwards
  • 15 reps green band side leg raise
  • 15 reps green band clam raise ( it doesn’t raise at all, yet does when leg is straight?)
  • 15 reps front leg raise, abduction, lower and return
  • 15 reps Swiss ball squeeze between knees.
  • 15 reps bosu ball walkovers
  • 40 steps green band straight side steps

I’m absolutely shattered. I walked in reasonably straight and barely needing the walking stick. After this 30 mins, I’m like a waddling Bambi legged idiot. Totally needing the walking stick to keep me upright!!

Day 67 Mixing it Up

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I definitely feel your body remembers its ability and once you get to that level, it can stop challenging itself, and it stays the same.

So although I continuously repeat the same exercises over and over. I find ways to make them harder, more resistance, or less support, or without breaks, do them faster etc. All the while the foundations of these exercises are solid.

If I find the next stage too much, I go back down a level for a while, until I feel I can move up. Some days I can easily progress others I’m back down to the day after surgery status. I just have to remember it’s all progress no matter how slowly.

This is what happened today. I attempted some new additions, to extend my workout today. And I used green band (it’s too advanced for me after trying it out)

  • Shoulder Press 15 reps x 2
  • Bicep curl 15 reps x 2
  • Lateral raise 15 reps x 2
  • Bicep row 15 reps x 2
  • Tricep kickback 15 reps x 2
  • Chest press 15 reps x 2

These are reasonably easy and a good warm up.

Next I did some old regulars with a green band (it’s too much) and some new exercises (again I think they are too advanced for me yet)

  • Goblet squat 15 reps x 1
  • Hip bridge 15 reps x 1
  • Clam side drop (Green Band) 15 reps x 1
  • Side leg raise (Green Band) omg how difficult!? 15 reps x 1
  • Side clam raise 15 reps x 1 (my worst exercise, I can barely lift it)
  • Supine marching (Green Band) 15 reps x 1
  • Prone bent knee raise 15 reps x 1

I found these difficult, so maybe try without a band at all. Lying on operated side is NOT happening. So I can only do one leg.

With the Green band I can barely move legs outwards in this exercise. But that’s ok.

The Clam should look like this. But mine is more like this

The effort to lift this leg is immense!! It’s so hard, so heavy and gave me groin pain, so I had to stop this. I’m clearly NOT ready.

Then lastly I tried this new exercise.

Firstly I struggled to keep the leg upright, it wanted and pulled to drop outwards, which would definitely dislocate my hip. So I feel this is too dangerous for me. So I’ll ask advice on this one before repeating it.

Day 39 post #hipreplacement

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It’s been days now and I can say it’s definitely better, not 100% but certainly improvement is there.

I have Hip tenderness over the bony areas.

It’s initially sharp but becomes an ache.

Pain gets worse with over repetitive usage, or prolonged time.

Leg pain radiates down the leg.

Pain worse climbing stairs, or lengthy walking.

And to help speed up this healing, I used a few torture looking devices to help.

First up was a super light resistance band, to do Clam exercises, but on my back rather than side. Then help engage Glutes.

Then to activate quads using a ball to do Short Arc Quads.

Then to help get feelings back into the hip. I’ve used some rollers to stimulate the skin, awaken the nerves and ease some pains in the tendons, bursa too.

Its important not to aggravate the bursitis, so roll around it and NOT on it.