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THR in Sept
« on: November 22, 2013, 03:29:31 AM »
I had a total hip replacement at the end of September involving my right hip. It has been a slow recovery, and I also had a lot of pain at night, but finally discovered that laying on my good side with a pillow between my legs really helped. I just began out patient PT, and a day after my session developed very bad groin pain. It doesn't hurt when sitting or lying down, but is excruciating when I walk. Has anyone ever had this happened? Are there any suggestions for helping the pain subside? My surgeon said I may have worked it too hard and to give it some time. I am afraid i may have done some harm to my metal insert.


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Re: THR in Sept
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2013, 03:02:04 PM »
You can over do your PT and cause the muscles and ligaments a lot of swelling and problems.  I would take it easy, keep your leg up and ice for a few days.

If the pain doesn't go away with the rest and ice, then I would have the doctor do an x-ray to make sure the components are still placed properly and there are no obvious problems.

A lot of people take a long time to heal.  They have to take it really easy to give the body time to heal.  I don't know why we all differ so.  Some people can do one hip and heal fast, then do the other and it takes forever.

Patience is your best friend.  Again, if your pain continues, I would get back with the surgeon.

Pat from Ohio
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Re: THR in Sept
« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2013, 09:18:42 PM »
Have you tried any exercise in the swimming pool yet?
It's much lighter on the joint and of course non weight bearing so far less stress.
You say its a slow recovery but you're only a couple of months out and its still early days, I'd definitely ease up on the PT and let things happen at their own pace.
As Pat says, lots of people take a long time to recover- its just the way it is. Some people are off crutches within days and may only use a stick for a couple of days but I'd be far more cautious.
It's a huge operation we've had. My surgeon told me it takes most people 6 months to physically get over it and 12 months mentally so at two months, you're early into recovery.
Hopefully some rest will see you right but definitely get it checked out if its still painful after a few days,
Let us know how you get on, all the best,Mike.



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