Okay, I know I said I was done with the updates but I changed my mind. Before I ever got the hip surgery, the doctor told me 6-9 months for recovery with a full recovery period of more like a year. If you have been following, I got back into a whitewater kayak at the 3-month point and I have been progressing to get back to what I love – whitewater kayaking.
Am I 100%? No. Am I close? Yes.
I honestly thought I was really close until I decided to attempt a kickflip and my hip was not that happy with me. About a week later, I took out my Jackson Kayak MixMaster and I was a bit nervous to see how the hip would respond. To my surprise, the hip could handle getting verticle. My conclusion is my hip just isn’t quite ready for full-on playboating. Yet.
My strength seems to be near 100% in the hip but my ROM is still slacking. I am pretty good about working on mobility and it is certainly improving. My hip flexor still gets pretty tight and I can tell the movement inside the joint itself needs work. But I am getting there.
Road biking is 100%. I’ve gotten back on a mountain bike and this does impact how I feel for a few days after. Kayaking (minus playboating) is 95%. Lifting weights is probably around 75% and really the only limiting daily life stuff is when I need to throw my leg over something (like jumping into a truck or getting onto my bike).
If you have had your hip labrum repaired, please comment below on how it went for you.