So, if you had injured yourself about 6 weeks ago, had undergone physical therapy for the past month, and your therapist told you that getting stronger through exercise would really help your progress, what would you do? Start slowly? Remember that your injury might still be healing and act accordingly? Or go hog-wild with a week of Pilates, walking, hill-climbing on the treadmill, weight-lifting and the elliptical trainer? Anyone want to take a guess which was my approach?
The spine doctor was concerned about the other hip turning, but thinks that I probably overdid (me?) and that the treadmill was too much impact for my hips at this stage, so I have been given permission to 1. swim, 2. weight lift with only low weights and large numbers of repetition, 3. do beginning Pilates. NOTHING else. And have earned myself 4 more weeks of physical therapy for my misbehavior.
The funny thing is, I did know I would be relatively dangerous to myself when I started feeling good and could start trying to regain some sort of "normal" activity level, but I guess a lot of things about my life are explained when I say I thought I was taking it easy. I was walking on the treadmill--not running--just like the doctor said, but I guess the part that we failed to clarify is that setting the silly thing on an incline at a pretty fast clip no longer counts as "no impact" in the physical therapy world. Whoops.
Frustrated AND impatient is probably when I am at my most idiotic, so I took myself to the pool this afternoon and spent an hour swimming and walking laps in the water to rebuild strength with no possible way of causing further injury to myself (I think). While I'm not sure he actually had that much exercise in mind, I don't think he would disapprove, and now I feel like I have exactly one month to get these turning hips to permanently stay where they're supposed to while I have a therapist to get me back into alignment if I need it. And if I'm feeling under pressure, how likely am I to be able to do anything in moderation? When have I been able to manage it when I'm NOT under pressure??? I may have to increase that pool time to two hours...................