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Femoroacetabular impingement (F.A.I.), or hip impingement syndrome.

Runners’ Holiday

Three years ago I didn’t run, simply because I couldn’t! I was in the throes of hip-impingement agony. In the weeks before my first arthroscopic hip surgery (on my left side) in July 2011, I was having trouble just going up the stairs! The thought of running again — at

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Posted in Hip Labral Tears, My Story, Running

Second Anniversary for Scope 2

I almost forgot that today marks the second anniversary of my second arthroscopic hip surgery, on my right side. (The left hip was scoped in July 2011.) And except for an occasional slight discomfort in the left hip-groin area (usually after a longer- or faster-than-usual run, or an all-out, kick-ass

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Posted in Hip Labral Tears, My Story

Thankful

On this Thanksgiving holiday weekend, I thought it would be fitting to list everything that I have to be grateful for – at least when it comes to my recovery from FAI, a k a femoroacetabular impingement: 1. My wonderful hip surgeon who repaired my two torn labrums and shaved

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More Milestones

I ran 10 miles yesterday – my longest run yet since my first arthroscopic hip surgery, in July 2011. (The second was five months later.) And so far – knock wood, fingers crossed, breath held – I am feeling pretty good. In fact, just for good measure, I took some

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A Year Older. A Year Better

I celebrated my birthday today with a vigorous eight-mile run – my longest distance since my first arthroscopic hip surgery, on my left side, in July 2011. (The second scope, on the right side, was in December 2011.) And other than some very slight soreness in my left groin area I’m

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Walking With Crutches Revisited

Exactly two years ago — and one week after my first arthroscopic hip surgery, on my left side — I posted this amateur how-to video on the proper way of maneuvering around with crutches after arthroscopic hip surgery. It was actually created for a grad school class I was taking

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Posted in Hip Labral Tears, My Story, Physical Therapy

Year No. 2 for Hip Scope No. 1

What a difference a couple of years can make. Exactly two years ago today I was in the hospital having my first arthroscopic hip surgery, on my left side (the right hip was scoped five months later), wondering if I’d ever be able to participate in all the activities that

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Another Blog Birthday

My little blog is now 2 years old, as of May 24th, actually. I haven’t been tending to it too much lately. Work, grad school and prolonged dental work have occupied a great deal of my time – along with half-marathon training. Yes, I did say a half marathon, didn’t

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Posted in Core Strengthening, Cross Training, Hip Labral Tears, My Story, Physical Therapy, Running

Checking In

On this last day of April, I wanted to keep the commitment I made to myself when I started this blog nearly two years ago (just before my first hip scope – on my left side) to post at least once a month. (Whew, just made it!)  I also thought

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Hip-Scope Recovery, Gaga-style

  No two recoveries from arthroscopic hip surgery are alike. Healing times will vary – as will triumphs and setbacks, not to mention ways we choose to pass the time just after the procedure. I spent the first three weeks after Surgery No. 1, on my left hip, working from

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Posted in Hip Labral Tears

Welcome

Most athletes have experienced a “second wind,” that jolt of energy and strength that allows us, enervated and dispirited, to carry on. But sometimes our bodies cannot recover on their own – we need outside help so we can catch our “third wind.”

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