I can't remember how long it took with my right but it was quite a long time before I could even tie my shoe. I had one group of muscles in my right glue/hamstring that just would not cooperate. If I bent my knee it was like there was a terrible pulling back there which would not release. It took a lot of easy stretching to slowly overcome it. To this day I still get a twinge in those muscles at times with certain movements.
I went back and read my posts on my thread and it looks like it was around 12 weeks when things eased off.
@Norfolk Welcome to BoneSmart! Still early days in a process that can take one year or longer. For some this is one of the last activities they can resume. As Eman suggested - gentle stretches for now. It just takes time and patience.
Can you tell us which hip had the surgery and the exact date? We will make a signature for you.
For now - here are a few recovery guidelines:
Hip Recovery: The Guidelines
We are all different, as are the approaches to this recovery and rehab. The key is, “Find what works for YOU.“ Your doctor(s), physiotherapist(s) and BoneSmart are here to help. But you have the final decision as to what approach you use.
1. Don’t worry: Your body will heal all by itself. Relax, let it, don't try and hurry it, don’t worry about any symptoms now, they are almost certainly temporary
2. Control discomfort:
BIG TIP: Hips actually don't need any exercise to get better. They do a pretty good job of it all on their own if given half a chance. Trouble is, people don't give them a chance and end up with all sorts of aches and pains and sore spots. All they need is the best therapy which is walking and even then not to excess.
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Well, I think I’m right behind here because I can’t put my sock on either side yet at six months (right) and nine months (left) from my surgeries. It doesn’t bother me because lots of other things are better so I’ll just keep trying.
@Norfolk Welcome to BoneSmart! Everyone's journey through hip replacement is different! How long it takes to get totally back to normal depends on lots of factors. Just for example how long did you limp on a bad hip before having it replaced? If you limped for a long time ( years rather than months) that's a long time for muscles and tendons in your leg and other areas of your body to get out of whack.
Prior to having both of my hips replaced, I had limped for about 3 years. Immediately after the surgery I could walk, climb stairs, and generally get around (albeit slowly). BUT it took me over 4 months to get left foot onto right knee and nearly 9 months to get right foot onto left knee (right hip was the worst of the two). The muscles and tendons around the hip - that make the hip move in all the directions it is designed to move - can take quite a long time to get back to proper functioning.
Many hips do not need physical therapy .... but some do need it. Are you getting any PT? If no, perhaps that would help. If yes, what does your PT person say about this problem?
I'm 13 weeks post THR left hip posterior MAKRO procedure and I didn't limp or have sock issue before operation but I too can't put sock on operated side
foot or tie shoelaces on that foot. Still using the Amazon sock putting on device and husband
Hoping I get this back as a real disappointment in recovery plan
Thank you to everybody that replied to my post. My physiotherapist said to just keep trying but not to push too hard. She said not to try on the outside of the leg. I had exercises to do 3 times a day for six weeks and now have different ones to do once a day (I think she said I can do them twice if I want to). She said walking is a key factor. After 3 months she said I don’t need to keep doing the exercises just build up walking so hope everything comes together then. I have just ordered a sock aid though just in case it takes a long time and my husband has to go out unexpectedly! I wish everybody going through this journey well.
@Norfolk Im at four months and I can now put my sock on. I can’t tie my shoelaces though so I bought some Skechers slip ons and some elastic laces. I haven’t tried the latter yet. At least I can stop asking someone else to do my shoe. The sock aid btw is a brilliant invention.
Sock aid does work. One thing that I did when putting socks on was after getting it started on my foot I'd lay on my back and do a heel slide. I could reach my foot that way to pull the sock up and get it in position.
It’s often just too much effort for me so I wear Birkenstock most days or slip on shoes! I am 8 weeks out and it’s really quite painful but I can do shoelaces - 2 weeks ago there was no chance - so it does get better slowly. But my hip really doesn’t like it so I am grateful summer is approaching so no socks I treated myself to gels on my toes instead.
Just starting 12th week post op. Surgery was Feb 8. anterior approach. I did not have a limp pre surgery. I can not put socks on or tie shoe laces. Struggle to get in the car. It feels jammed in the crease where thigh meets torso. Hip flexor is burning and tight. Any motion of bringing knee to chest sucks. I have more problems now then before surgery. Good luck, I'm going to follow your progress. Please keep posting.
Aww, thats the best thing about this forum. You're NOT alone.
This recovery can take patience and I know you've both heard it before, but recovery can take a full year and many member's note progress into their second and even third years. Good things yet to come!
Just a quick update. 11 weeks tomorrow since operation and for the last 2 evenings managed to get socks on after a shower albeit being a bit of struggle and hurting a bit. Not pushing it too much as I understand you shouldn’t cause pain but definitely getting there slowly. Hope everybody else with this problem is making progress. Definitely do not feel normal yet but in a weeks time will start bending to the floor a bit more with operated leg and hopefully that will loosen things up. Also going to stop side sleeping with pillow between legs on non operated side. Can lay for a little while on operated side. Good luck everyone.
Some good progress @Norfolk ! Well done on being persistent! Yes, don't push at all. That hip needs time to get used to working right. I found any twisting movements resulted in some loud complaining from my new hips.