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!

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!”

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