So many updates, starting with my hip. I had an appointment five? weeks ago now with an orthopedic surgeon but canceled it two hours before I was supposed to be there.
Background: my husband’s sister’s husband’s brother’s wife is a physical therapist in Oregon. I’m just going to call her E. She was in PA for a few days for the birth of our nephew and I’m the horrible person who asked for her to take a look at my hip and do physical therapy things on her vacation. She looked at my MRI, we talked about some things and she spent maybe 10 minutes with hands on manipulation and I went from barely being able to put weight on my right leg to almost walking normally. It was crazy.
Basically the issue is that the left side of my body is too tight and the right side (painful side) has too much movement and they need to be balanced out. The labral tear is a source of pain and surgery will probably help that, but it doesn’t address the underlying issue of my body mechanics that caused the tear in the first place. She said she could get me to about 85-90% with PT… and after those 10 minutes I believe it. I’d be thrilled with 85-90%, especially without surgery.
Luckily she found two people in our general area who do they same/similar type of manipulation and therapy (both are a 45 minute drive, but that’s closer than the opposite side of the country) so I’m going to try them first. If they don’t have the same magic hands that she does I’m seriously considering flying to Oregon and staying with her for a week or two to get my body fixed enough to do the follow-up here. Even if I have to go there, it’s definitely better than having surgery #6 in less than 7 years and the 3-4-6 month recovery afterwards with the possibility of not getting much pain relief. I also can’t keep going with this level of pain and I don’t want to just keep covering it up with medications, whether they be pharmaceutical or plant-based, if there’s a way to actually fix the underlying issue.
I’ve now had my PT eval and two sessions… I don’t know what it’s called but it’s definitely a different type of PT than I’ve done before. Less “do these stretches and exercises on your own” and more hands-on finding specific muscle and nerve issues (with of course stretches and exercises to do on my own). I’m starting to walk more normally (my right side was too tight for a normal stride and that’s starting to even out) and overall the pain is starting to improve, but it’s definitely like peeling away the layers of an onion. Find one issue but have to work through three others first before starting the originally identified one.
I was concerned about the 45