Remember my high tolerance for pain, the BIG FALL, admitting that I had a hip problem, that MRIs are like space shuttles, a diagnosis, my minor surgery I went through to try and get this fixed, then regrettably ran a 5k, and finally admitting that the pain hasn’t disappeared?
WELL…This is the post to end this LONG journey!!
I’m pleased to tell you that my HIP IS OFFICIALLY FIXED!! It’s taken 2.5 years, over 50 X-rays, 2 MRI appointments, multiple doctor visits to Dr. Rheumy and Dr. Orthy, 1 cortisone surgery, and 15 physical therapy appointments to finally get there.
Now, it may be fixed, but I’m definitely not jumping into high heels, well, maybe just my cute 1 inch heels!!
What fixed it? My physical therapy appointments. :) My PT therapist found out it was a slight alignment issue that triggered this terrible pain. We worked countless weeks on strengthening my core and back to prevent any potential future slips with my alignment. Not only did I go to the PT office once a week, I also did Pool Therapy as well.
I honestly didn’t think pool therapy was going to do anything, especially as I only did minor things in the pool like walking across the pool multiple times, waving my legs, and flutter kicking, but man, was I exhausted. But it worked!! IF YOU HAVE NOT TRIED WARM POOL THERAPY, its AWESOME!! I’ve been seriously looking for aquatic classes (that fit with my schedule) since it was that successful!
Now, in order for PT to work at its best, I did my homework. I took my exercises very seriously and did them constantly. To be honest, I STILL do those strength training lessons three times a week to improve upon my core and back muscles to ease the pain of my arthritis. And its working. :)
What did I finally learn after all of this? I personally will go to a PT first – even if a doctor tells me it wont help that much because I’m pretty flexible and I work out 3 times a week. STUPID DOCTORS. SILLY ME!
Anyway, I thought I’d end this horrible journey by sharing this wonderful story that my hip pain is GONE!!! If you’re having constant pain, ask your doctor if physical therapy and/or pool therapy/exercises is right for you. You just never know!!
Do you have a success story with PT?