Sunday, January 8, 2012
Starting Physical Therapy
First Week of Physical Therapy and What My Therapist Said
I completed my first week of physical therapy and I have a few exercises to do. Both days after doing my exercises I woke up with sore muscles. I must be working hard. My exercises focus a lot on my butt muscles that help to stabilize my hip.
I asked my physical therapist when I could return to sports and he reminded me that my prognosis is not good. I will need a hip replacement younger than most people. If I can hold off on a replacement until my 30s then that would be great. The reason it patients need to wait as long as possible for a replacement is because an artificial hip will only last so long. An artificial hip may only last 20 years or 40 if you are lucky, but I plan to live 120 years and I will defiantly outlive my hip. I dont want to be in a wheel chair when I am 70.
My therapist said any high impact sports are out of the question. That means no kickboxing, BJJ, mountain biking, zumba, dancing or even ballroom dancing. Things I should be able to do in a few months are pilates, yoga, stationary biking, walking, and swimming. All the things I have always thought were so boring! But I can't complain at least I will be able to do those things.
I see my surgeon, Dr. Sampson, on Tuesday and I have plenty of questions to ask him. I know Dr. Sampson is always hoping for the best case scenario so I am interested to see what he thinks my prognosis will be. After my surgery he told Gavin that my arthritis is not that bad. Yay! That is good news.