4 weeks- dry needling!

Today marks 4 weeks!  I had PT this morning and we are pulling out all the stops in trying to help me recover after this revision!

Dry needling today was definitely and experience.  Typically dry needling doesn’t bother me….other than sweating, but today was a different experience.  I don’t typically notice when my PT is needling, but I had some major twitch responses today.  I didn’t have as many knots as pre-op, but the ones I did have had some unique responses.  We did my quad, pectinius, adductor, and glute.  I had some histamine response to the needling today too which isn’t normal.

So, I sit here in my dual ice machine (Cothera and IceMan) hoping that the ice and compression with the soreness from dry needling today!


Almost 4 weeks

Tomorrow I hit 4 weeks.  I have good days and bad days.  Overall I think this recovery has been harder than my last one.  Since last week I am down to no crutches around the house and one (or none if it’s a short distance) crutch when I’m out and about.  Tomorrow is supposed to be my last day in the brace, but we decided for me it would be a good idea to continue wearing it another week or two while I’m out.

PT continues as per Dr. Ellis’ protocol.  Taking it slow.  I am up to 8 minutes on the bike daily!!! I find I have similar pre-op symptoms after PT….so we are going to try dry needling again tomorrow.  It’s been 5 weeks since we needled last.  So, we’ll see if it can help.  I also have been pretty swollen and was told by my PT I need be icing more frequently, but with temperatures below zero outside it’s hard to talk myself in to it!  I’m trying though.

My PT and I have been discussing other possibilities to help me heal!  We discussed gut health and the possibilities of food allergies….which I have been suspicious of for years and already avoid many foods…just not 100% of the time.  So, I spent the last week or so trying to figure out what food allergies I have.  I finally saw a physician who specializes in food allergies.  His practice tests for 7 foods- corn, egg, milk, soy, gluten, yeast, and coconut.  After 17 arm sticks, I ended up being allergic to 6 of the 7!  Oh goodie.  The only one I’m not allergic to is yeast.  Today begins the elimination of those 6 items…the problem I’m still trying to work out is a few of my medications contain corn or dairy.  So, I’m working on figuring out what to do about that!

Other than that….I’m crocheting, watching netflix, and working from home.

2 weeks post-op

I had my 2 week post-op appointment today.  I met with my surgeons PA Tiffany and his PT Dave.  Tiffany removed my stitches and answered all my questions….!  Yes, tramadol can keep you up at night.

Then I met with Dave, Dr. Ellis’ PT.  Overall he is very happy with my progress!  We discussed what I’m doing in PT currently and he made some suggestions and additions to my therapy plan!  He wants us to stop passive flexion ROM and log rolls.  He thinks it’s irritating my hip because of the swelling from the extra-articular impingement.  He also wants me to add Butterflies and Prone Knee Bends.

Both Tiffany and Dave agree that I should remain off work until my 6 week appointment and then we’ll reassess at that point.

I forgot to ask Tiffany for my images and operative report, so I asked his scheduler and she was able to print it off for me!  Now I have more questions than before!!!!

From what my parents told me Dr. Ellis put 3 anchors in to stabilize the labrum and removed the extra-articular impingement from the iliac spine.  But now I have way more questions than before.  The op report says I had a labral tear from 9 o’clock to 11 o’clock (my original tear was from 11 o’clock to 1 o’clock- and Dr. Ellis put in one anchor) and Dr. Ellis placed 3 anchors.  This area of the labrum was also hyperemic.  So, I have lots of questions for Dr. Ellis at my 6 week appt!

After reading the operative report I am amazed that all of this was done through 2 small incisions on my hip!  It’s so crazy 🙂

9 days post-op

New Year’s Eve…..!
So, I’ve now had 2 PT sessions!  We’re taking things extremely slow!  I don’t want to have to go through this again.  I am seeing a different PT currently because my PT is off for 2 weeks and we didn’t want to wait until she got back!  I’ve been going to this PT office for 5 years, so I know all the therapists, but this is the first time seeing him.  So, today’s fun consisted of circumduction, log rolls, ankle pumps, quad sets, glute sets, prone prop….and new for today short arc, prone TKE, AND BIKE!!!!  Today my hip popped (which it regularly does) and I wish I could’ve seen the look on my PT’s face.  He stopped doing ROM and slowly said what was that?!  I calmly said my hip popped….it’s normal.  He went on to say that freaked him out and he couldn’t break me while my regular PT is out of town!

After my PT appt I ran to the grocery to get food for New Year’s day.  Parking in a handicap spot just makes me feel OLD!!!  It was interesting to walk with my brace and one crutch (the other one I put in the cart).  By the time I got home I was exhausted and was ready to hang out in my ice machine.

I’m hanging out with my mom for New Year’s Eve!  We plan on finishing the hysterical series on Netflix Grace and Frankie!  If you need something to watch while you’re off, check it out!  I probably won’t make it to see the ball drop!

Tomorrow my sister is coming up with my nephews for our traditional New Year’s meal (spare ribs, scalloped potatoes, peas, coleslaw, and sauerkraut).