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Old Sat Feb 03, 2018, 09:18am
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I had a follow up with the doctor on 1-24. This was the guy who did the actual surgery. He feels that I'm progressing along on schedule.

I asked for a script for PT, which he gave me.

Prior to surgery, back in September, I asked if I had the surgery done in the fall, (which ended up being November 28) if I'd be ready for umpiring my mid-April. Back then, he said that shouldn't be a problem.

In my last visit, he did make a point to remind me that hip surgery is a year long process for healing. So I think he did walk back his initial comments somewhat, but I'm sure that reminder gets conveyed to all his patients. While I'm not about to go running any marathons, I will need to do some amount of running. (Well, that's what I call it, anyway.)

The first PT session was Monday of this week. It was a lot of data gathering, history, and measurements for range of motion. The second session of the week go into a few exercises. Some were the same that I had been given by my home therapist. Some were new. I was told to stop doing one particular exercise where I lay on my back, non-operative leg bent up, and then raising the operative leg up. This was very difficult for a month after surgery, but over time, became easier. The therapist said they will give me something new a bit later that will be somewhat more challenging.

I did some mild squats with holding onto a table for support. Only a few, but the knees still complained a bit.

I was actually a bit sore on Tuesday which must have been just from the measurements of my range of motion. A bit of Tylenol took care of that.

I've been out in the neighborhood a little bit when we had some nicer weather. Today, we're back to 4 degrees with a wind chill of minus 4. I did run some errands Friday including food shopping and managed to get my steps to over 7400 which is my highest post-op.

PT will be twice a week for the next 5 weeks. One of my neighbors, an ex-Marine, tells me that any pain I might feel is weakness leaving my body. That sounds SO Marine-ish!
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Old Sun Feb 04, 2018, 02:13pm
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Jarheads! Pffft!

As important as it was, I always dreaded the measuring of range because the PT always forced it farther than I was ready to go.

Walk before running. A good walk allows similar mechanics and cardio with much less stress on the real and replaced joints.

Just a suggestion on something I mentioned to my PT. As an umpire, our movements are not always forward and reverse. we move laterally, sidling and cross-over steps, a lot. When I returned after my first replacement, I got hung up on a clump of dirt/mud and it was very painful.

I mentioned it to the PT after my second replacement and he had me do a few things that helped me become comfortable with lateral movement.

Good luck.
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Old Sun Feb 04, 2018, 03:07pm
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As an umpire, our movements are not always forward and reverse. we move laterally, sidling and cross-over steps, a lot.

Good luck.
Those are the movements that most concern me. The sunny-day scenario of me walking on a flat surface is fine, but I need to account for those quick starts and stops and changes of direction.
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Old Tue Feb 06, 2018, 12:14am
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Would your PT have a fit if you tried some slow Carioca? We used to do that as part of our form running for football and track...seems like a low-risk way to test your lateral movement/comfortablilty and get your hips moving.
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Old Tue Feb 06, 2018, 12:26pm
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Would your PT have a fit if you tried some slow Carioca? We used to do that as part of our form running for football and track...seems like a low-risk way to test your lateral movement/comfortablilty and get your hips moving.
I will ask. It does look like it could be helpful.

However, I'm not sure I'd be doing that 20 years ago with my hips in better shape than they are now!
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Old Tue Feb 06, 2018, 09:59pm
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I will ask. It does look like it could be helpful.

However, I'm not sure I'd be doing that 20 years ago with my hips in better shape than they are now!
I think your priority should center more on making sure you pick-up your feet instead of sliding them when moving in a lateral manner.
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