running again


It has been over year and a half from my hip replacement, on my right hip.  I had  physical therapy, but I have a dent where scar is.  At first I didn’t see a difference just a thin scar, but I must have been swollen because after about a year I noticed the dent.  I told my surgeon, he sent me went to physical therapy.  I was told the muscles in the one side were shrinking and I had to build them back. I am back in therapy to build back the strength and muscle.  When I run I can feel the right leg doesn’t move as well as my left side.  I would like to run again, but don’t know how to be begin, should I just start running as best I can?  Physical therapist said I should run, so I can’t ask her how start out, without hurting myself.  Any suggestions.


8 thoughts on “running again

  1. It was my experience that when I started to run a year after surgury it felt very awkward – kind of like a horse learning to gallop again. I stuck with it and after a couple weeks things just clicked again and I had my stride back. Give it time you will get there buddy!

  2. Agree with Dave Myers. Give it time Sue and just put one foot in front of the other. I too have a dent round about where the scar is on my left hip replacement. I was told this was just wasted glute muscle that needed built up again. My right hip has also been replaced but the muscle there is not as wasted. I am doing glute strengthening exercises with the help of a theroband which I got from the physio. It’s hard going but I’ll get there. Stay focused and you’ll get there.

  3. Hi Sue! I’m in the ‘dent’ club too! It’s been about 2 1/2 years since my THR and the dent has ‘filled in’ a little with glue exercises but I’ve just accepted it’s my new outline. The flute exercises really do help with strengthening overall just be sure to really focus on form so you are truly activating the glutes not just the hamstring. I didn’t start running until about 7 months post surgery and like the other hip runners, I’d recommend just taking it slow. I focused on a light jog for a while before I really started thinking about going on a traditional run. I did a half marathon 16 months post THR and was only one minute off my previous PR so very happy with that. Keep us posted on your progress and good luck!

  4. Hi Sue. Run your heart out. (Ease into it of course). Dave explained it best. Your body is going to have to get used to running again and initially it may feel awkward. Eventually, you will be back on track. Just so you know, I didn’t feel like I hit my stride until around the 18 month mark.

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