I wanted to share my story in case it helps. I was 51 when I had my replacement in September, I considered myself strong and active up to 4 months prior to surgery, hiking with the dogs, doing dog agility. So I went full force into the exercises after surgery and after 3 days I had agonizing glute pain.
That is when I found bonesmart and was advised to stop the exercises. Slowly the pain subsided but would come back if I walked too much or tried any of the exercises so I knew it was related to activity.
I saw my physio for the first time after two weeks after surgery and she was in agreement that I only do the exercises that didn’t cause me pain - didn’t trigger my glute pain and the exercises did not have to be 3 times a day. I did them every other day and only once a day, only for a short time and only if it didn’t cause pain and not to push into pain. There were times when I took 5 days off in a row, did the exercises that she suggested for where I was weak for a couple of days and then back to a long rest period. But I did walk at least 20 minutes a day, I still take a hiking pole when I am with the dogs.
My physio has been so great as she has worked with me, not with the guidelines, worked with the exercises that helped with my recovery and my weak glutes and was not upset when I skipped exercises, she understood!
I didn’t start on resistance bands until after 4 months because my body wasn’t ready and it caused pain.
I do know that any pain I have now is related to doing too much exercise but I am happy to say at nine months the pain subsides much quicker and I feel I am pretty much back to normal. The other day my knee was hurting and I know it was because I was doing too many activities with the dogs so it was back to resting.
It’s hard not to listen to people who say you need to the exercises three times a day to recover. I stand there with my mouth agape thinking there is noooo way I was doing that, I was not going to endure that pain. I don’t even bother explaining that doing the exercises like that didn’t help me, I just did my own thing.
Listen to your body and if it saying that hurts, dial it back, rest. See if you can get a more adaptable physio, I do still like going to my physio as other parts of my body hurt and she explains what I can do to help and what not to do, but I have had other physios I would 100% not go back to.