Follow Up on Andrea’s Hip Replacement Recovery Process

It has been a month since my hip replacement surgery and the progress is going well. It took nearly three weeks to finally feel like myself again, fatigue, pain and sleepless nights really wore me down. I didn’t realize how much energy it would take to recover from a surgery of this scope. I’ve had children and remember times of exhaustion, but I was blindsided by how hard this kicked my butt. I tried to resume going to work about 14 days post-op, rookie move! You would think I should know this, but I was ready to get out of the house and back to normal. After trying to go to work, I paid the price for two days following. With that in mind, the following week I started working two short days only, and I’m almost back to my full20150115_182849 workweek now, at a month into the recovery!

My follow op visit with Dr. Rasmussen consisted of the removal of the external stitches and reviewing restrictions, driving, and recommended exercises. My X-ray looked great with that dual mobility hip, lever and two screws (see attached). I was also informed that with hip dysplasia, my left hip might last 3-5 years before it will need a replacement, I’ll be better prepared for this next one!

The goal for the next month is to continue on my mobility and strengthening, and progress with activity within restrictions as tolerated. Most important is to avoid crossing legs, internal rotation of the hip and flexion past ninety degrees. Your body immediately lets you know when you are pushing the restrictions, so the goal is to be smart, listen to your body and be diligent with the exercises daily. I’ve found that long periods of sitting make me very stiff, I call it, “crampy butt pain.” I miss skiing and actually watched this women run by my me as I slowly walked my daily loop, I though to myself about what a mess I’d be if I ran right now.

The hip muscles are still weak and my gait has a new swagger to it, but I am confident in my full recovery. I highly recommend the replacement if you’ve been thinking about have the procedure. Why wait? Why be in pain and not do what you love to do especially if you are younger. Thanks for following my story and hope I have given those of you some insight to the surgery, recovery and impact on your life. I’ve gained an appreciation for what our patients at Alpine Sports Medicine are going through, and I think the progressions in orthopedic surgery are giving people a future that can be happy and active!

Follow Andrea as she Rehabs From Hip Replacement Surgery

My name is Andrea Terwillegar and I am the managing partner of Alpine Sports Medicine, yesterday (December 17th) I had hip replacement surgery. I’m 48 years old I had been having pain in my hip for the past few years, I finally went to see Dr. Lynn Rassmussen and he diagnosed me with hip dysplasia. I was shocked and could only think about the fact that dogs are put down for hip dysplasia.

It’s hard to believe during all my athletic years I didn’t have problems and suddenly in my late 40’s I do. Dr. Rasmussen was shocked that I’ve never dislocated, chalk it up to having strong hips. I was bone on bone and had a spur developing which caused all the achy bone pain, difficulty sleeping and some days struggled to walk up stairs. As a baby my legs were not straight and I was put in a cast and had to wear corrective shoes and braces, the Dr. felt this is why I’m having problems now possibly.

It will be hard to miss the majority of the ski season, but most disappointed about retiring from my competitive coed volleyball team. I’ve played for 20 plus years, and I’m optimistic that with a new hip I can return this summer in the sand.

My goal for documenting this process is to let everyone have a better understanding of the hip replacement procedure. I am going to document my pre-op and post-op surgery along with life at home and the physical therapy of course! Guess where I’m going for physical therapy? It’s time for the staff to take care of the boss!

I was nervous for a big surgery like this, but certainly felt like I knew what to expect. My husband, Matt, had a hip replacement last year and is doing really well. I hear patients state all the time they shouldn’t have waited so long to be pain free, and this is why I am doing this. Why be in pain when you are young and can ride your mountain bike, hike with the dogs and ski our awesome mountains.

Stay Tuned!

Alpine is First to Offer Trigger Point Dry Needling in Park City

Alpine Sports Medicine is proud to be the first Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy practice in Park City, Utah to offer  Trigger Point Dry Needling.  Continue reading “Alpine is First to Offer Trigger Point Dry Needling in Park City”

Mark Moeller Loves His HOKA Shoes!

I thought I’d take the opportunity to write about something very interesting I stumbled upon completely by surprise, quite a pleasant surprise I might add.

This past November while shopping at REI in Salt Lake City for some hockey skate insoles, I saw a unique looking running shoe on the display wall, it had a rather large looking cushion system compared to all the other shoes. Basically, it just stood out and caught my attention! My inquiring Physical Therapist mind wanted a closer look, so I picked it up and gave it a few pinches, squeezes and bends. I could not believe how soft the cushioning felt, they are made by a company called called Hoka One One, and are affectionately known as Hoka’s. At the very moment I was fondling the shoe an employee breezed by and asked what size my foot was. He said he was going in the back and wanted to grab one for me to try on. He caught me a little by surprise and without really thinking about it I blurted out my shoe size. A minute later, he returned and left me with a new pair of shoes to try on, I wasn’t even in the market for a new pair of shoes! Anyway, I slipped them on, stood up and rocked back and forth a couple of times. Then, I took three steps, turned around and told him, “Sold!”

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The Hoka One One!

How do I describe it… not quite love at first sight, but definitely love at first feel! It felt like I had 2 marshmallow cushions under each foot, one under my forefoot and the other under my heel. I have never felt anything quite like it with regards to cushioning in a shoe. It’s so soft that it actually takes a little getting used to…but in a good way! So now, seven months have gone by and I have to say that not a single day passes that I haven’t worn them. In fact, I stopped wearing a tie to work because I didn’t think the tie went well with running shoes… and I have worn ties to work consistently for nearly twenty years!

Even more interesting is the fact that I am not a runner! I’m just a busy Physical Therapist standing on my feet and moving around the clinic all day long. Factor into the equation my bilateral total knee replacement (TKR), and it usually means that by the end of the work day my knees and back often feel pretty beat up. Since I started wearing my Hoka’s, I pretty much feel like a champ after a normal work day on my feet!

The only negative I can throw out,  they are a little on the warm side (at least the trail runner model I wear) and they are a little pricey. However, neither of these has deterred me from wearing them daily and I actually just purchased a second pair I’m using for work exclusively, trying to keep them a little cleaner and nicer looking.

Anyone with knee, ankle or back pain they are dealing with on a regular basis, and have to be working on their feet all day, check out the Hoka One One’s. These shoes are game changers, go try a pair on, but only if you are ready to purchase (because once on your foot, you will buy them).

Mark Moeller PT
Alpine Sports Medicine

 

Alpine Sports Medicine Hosts Physical Therapy Students

Last fall we hosted two Physical Therapy students who came to Park City and spent from 2-10 weeks at our clinic. Continue reading “Alpine Sports Medicine Hosts Physical Therapy Students”

Employee Spotlight: Adrianne Musick

Welcome to Adrianne Musick, she is a physical therapist and joined the Alpine Sports Medicine team back in January.  Spend a moment to get to know her a little better.

Adrianne is a Physical Therapist with a wide variety of clinical experience from sports medicine to acute care as well as pediatrics to geriatrics. She graduated from the University of Michigan with her bachelor’s degree in Movement Science, and then pursued her passion for rehabilitation by earning her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Northwestern University in Chicago. While at Northwestern, Adrianne had extensive clinical training in orthopaedic physical therapy specializingDSC_0016 in shoulder, knee, hip and ankle conditions treated both conservatively and post-operatively. After graduation, Adrianne decided to combine her passions for physical therapy and outdoor recreation with a move to Utah. While in Utah her career lead her to Neuro/Trauma Rehabilitation which allowed her to work with patients with a variety of neurologic and orthopaedic diagnoses including stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, total joint replacement and complex medical conditions. After gaining this variety of experience, Adrianne moved to Park City and is excited to apply her dedication for patient care in our community. She enjoys hiking, mountain biking, playing soccer, snowboarding, and running during her free time.

2013 PC Extreme Cup Soccer Tournament

316431_homeIt’s that time a year again,  the 10th annual Park City Extreme Soccer Tournament will be held in Park City August 1st-3rd.  We at Alpine Sports Medicine are really excited to continue to provide the medical coverage and have 10 athletic trainers for 8 venues in Park City and surroundingphoto areas.

The tournament has become very popular, not only for Utah teams, but several teams come from out-of-state to stay and play in Park City. This year not only did the tournament have to add a new venue in Heber, but we (ASM) are adding more athletic trainers to make sure we provide quality medical coverage at all the venues along with those with multiple fields and older age groups. No one wants injuries, but with a high level of competition and fatigue as the tournament progresses, injuries happen.  We treat not only athletes, but have taped up several referee’s and spectator’s.

Alpine Sports Medicine is also available for free injury assessments in the clinic for all athletes and have a list of local medical providers if further care or treatment is necessary.

It has been wonderful to be able to support the Park City Soccer Club and their tournament, along with this great community we live in. We wish all the teams good luck and a hat’s off to the Park City Soccer Club for putting on one of the best tournament’s in the state of Utah!