"Just Walk Like John Wayne"
I've been working with a physical therapist on my gait post surgery. It seems that it's common for hip patients who have suffered for years to continue to throw the leg out after surgery. The operation made makes one mechanically perfect, but after so many years the brain and the muscles have been trained to compensate for the bad hip joint. Yesterday, my physical therapist told me to think of John Wayne when I walked.
My problem appears to be that I'm not allowing my hip to act as a hinge. My limp is very slight, but still present after 14 weeks post surgery. So I'm walking around chanting to myself "push, push... I was also told to shorten my stride just a bit so that I'm not getting shin splints......Bottom line, though it's common to have some gait abnormalities after surgery. Most should resolve, I'm told, by about 8 monts post surgery.
Last edited by Administrator; 02-12-2013 at 06:28 PM.