Road to Recovery: Torn Hip Labrum Exercises
The good news is I have Steadman Hawkins (SH) in my "backyard" who's the doc to the superstars
This last Monday marked seven weeks of rehabilitation. I walked in (limped in) optimistic because I'd gone through p.t. with Steadman the end of last year to rehabilitate the torn labrum and separated right shoulder. While the shoulder was hard work at first--my shoulder blade seemed to literally "float" around my back, the results started showing up fairly quick. With my hip, I haven't been so lucky. I've done the work, but the first 4-5 weeks didn't show much progress. Up until this week, I hadn't run (per Doctor's orders) since the Boston Marathon. The race calendar has spun by with several favorites I've had to pass up. I've been sequestered to the pool and the bike.
You noticed I used the words, "this week" above. Upon consultation with the Dr. last week, and my physical therapist, I RAN this week! It's still not quite right, but the hip and glute are much stronger than when I tried to run Boston in the rain and headwind. I'm hoping to be able to salvage part of the triathlon season and get enough training to run the New York City Marathon on Nov 1st. With that, I thought I'd share the stretch and strength work I've been doing to get myself back.
I have been going to Steadman Hawkins for physical therapy and also going to a Accelerated Health chiropractor specializing in ART (Active Release Therapy) My regular P.T. has steadily increased the work and while she suggests I could do strength every other day, I've been doing strength and stretch for 20-30 minutes a day for 6-7 days a week for the last seven (almost) eight weeks. I've missed
1) Lots of foam roller. I have a soft one and one that's more firm. I tend to use the later and work all three sides of my hip area stretching the IT band, glutes, and hammies. I also use a Roll Recovery throughout the day, or roll my glute on a lacrosse ball.
2) Dog pointer. Get on all fours and stretch one arm and opposite leg straight out parallel to the floor. Two sets of ten (most of these are 2 x 10.)
3) Hug knee to chest (shown.) Pull knee to center of chest. At the same time, pull outside of lower leg across body. Keep knee centered.
4) Figure fours. Lay flat. Cross ankle over knee forming a "figure four." Gently stretch knee towards the ground.
5) Glute lifts. (Shown) Lay on back with knees bent. Lift lower back and hold briefly.
6) Walking stretches. Top tips (shown,) bend to touch ankles, airplanes (shown,) pull heel to butt, knee to chest (similar to floor version.) Perform each of these walking across the floor ten steps across and back.
7) Hammie stretch. Lay on floor and use robe belt to pull bottom of foot on extended leg towards your head getting hamstring stretch.
8) Glute stretch. Find couch or chair that's roughly hip level. Lay foot on chair with leg bent backwards. Stretch the glute.
9) Exercise Band work. Loop one foot into looped elastic band. Stand up straight and stretch leg 10x each direction. Do on both legs. (shown in above YouTube video.)
10) Planks. P.T. wanted me to hold for 30 seconds. I do two sets at one minute each.
This is a lot of work, but even healthy runners (especially elites) have strength and stretch every day. (See Meb For Mortals review.) It's too early to tell if I will be able to return to what I love this year, but not for a lack of trying.