FAI (Femoro-acetabular Impingement) & Karate

My personal experience with FAI and what you should know about this condition

Archive for April, 2008

4 months on left hip; 2 1/2 months on right

Physical therapy is moving along.  New exercises every time.  Karate classes are still mostly limited to teaching with some partial demonstrations.  But that is getting better as well.  I am not moving quickly.  But I am continually  improving my strength and range-of-motion.  My physical therapists’ main job is still to tell me “No,” “Slow down!” etc.

off crutches!

I had my 8(+) week followup visit with the doctor on Thursday.  He looked me over, did a few tests and asked me how I felt.  He said “At this point, I tell people they can gradually ease off their crutches and it usually takes them about a week…But with you, I imagine it won’t take more than 15 minutes, right?”  I told him I would use the crutches to go back to my car, which I did.  And that was the last I used them.  I’m still walking very carefully and fairly slowly.  But I’m walking and feel fine.  I am stiff.  But otherwise I feel completely ready to go full-speed ahead.  I will be careful.  But I will push hard at my therapy.  I will do the exercises in order.  But I have the OK from the doctor to proceed to the next step in the therapy process every time the therapists clear me on each hurdle.  I think the biggest issue will continue to be my range-of-motion.  I can build up the strength pretty quickly.  But I need to spend more time stretching.