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dcdc68

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Stiffness/Soreness & Clunking 3 1/2 months post op.
« on: February 20, 2012, 02:46:49 PM »
Hi All,

This site has been very informative to me and I greatly benefit from it.  Lots of HR wisdom here.  Thanks everyone!  I need some expert opinions on a couple of things.  I'm about 3 1/2 months post op from HR which was done by Dr. Brooks.  With certain movements I get this weird clunking feeling.  Ex.  Sometimes I like to bounce my leg while sitting at my desk.  A habit I guess.  When I do this with my operative leg I feel a clunking in my hip with each bounce.  No pain just a clunking type feeling.  Also, after sitting a while, then getting up to walk my first few strides I feel sore and stiff to the point that I limp.  Once I get past the first few the soreness and stiffness disappear and my gait improves.  Are these things I need to be concerned about?  Should I stop bouncing my leg because of the clunking feeling?  I appreciate the feeback.

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obxpelican

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Re: Stiffness/Soreness & Clunking 3 1/2 months post op.
« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2012, 03:03:29 PM »
I am no doctor, but, generally, clunking if it's not associated with stabbing/shooting pain usually will quiet down and the feeling goes away within a few weeks/months.

The stiffness/soreness is called startup stiffness, that can last up to a year or more but after that your hip will feel totally normal.

Again, the best info can be found from your doctor.
« Last Edit: February 20, 2012, 03:14:21 PM by obxpelican »
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Re: Stiffness/Soreness & Clunking 3 1/2 months post op.
« Reply #2 on: February 20, 2012, 03:12:10 PM »
I'm around the same stage as your self in recovery. I too often get the same symptoms as you. I believe it's perfectly normal as let's not forget that not very long ago we had a minor surgery!
I also am starting to have some what I think are  proprioceptive issues thats where my brain and body are trying to figure out where my joint is. All perfectly normal from what other patients have told me.
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Re: Stiffness/Soreness & Clunking 3 1/2 months post op.
« Reply #3 on: February 20, 2012, 03:22:33 PM »
I think you can bounce away. I still have a little clunking in the early morning, stiffness like that is normal, so at 3 1/2 months is fine.

You need to get those smaller muscles stronger, that happens with time and with exercise. Balance boards, slide boards, juggling, keeping up with PT exercises help, but I think clunking takes a while to completely go away.

If you're worried at all, call your surgeon and they'll help out. They certainly talked me down from a few ledges.
Hernan, LHR 8/24/2010, RHR 11/29/2010 - Cormet, Dr. Snyder

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Re: Stiffness/Soreness & Clunking 3 1/2 months post op.
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2012, 03:38:01 PM »
Absolutely normal feelings.  Even at over six months I occasionally get the "clunking" sensation.  This seems to lessen over time.  The bouncing is no problem at all and may in fact help.

I definitely get the start up stiffness in the hip.  It seems worse in some positions than others.  For example I have my seats set in the car so I have very little stiffness after driving for several hours.  On the other hand the same amount of time in my office chair results in more stiffness.  So I think the angle has something to do with this as well.

It should all get better and easier with time.

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Re: Stiffness/Soreness & Clunking 3 1/2 months post op.
« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2012, 07:16:18 PM »
I'm four weeks two days post-op and I have the clunking and a smaller popping when weight shifting from side to side.
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Dan L

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Re: Stiffness/Soreness & Clunking 3 1/2 months post op.
« Reply #6 on: February 21, 2012, 06:12:25 AM »
I'm a Brooks patient also, and had very minimal clunking, and only very early on.  Based on things many say here, is normal, muscles or tendons going around/over the prosthesis.  Are you still doing your post op exercises, and have you done them 3x per day since the surgery?  Curious as I have been doing them faithfully, wondering if that may explain the difference.

Best regards on your healing,

Dan
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dcdc68

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Re: Stiffness/Soreness & Clunking 3 1/2 months post op.
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2012, 12:10:29 PM »
Nope.  I haven't done them since I've been back at the YMCA doing my old workout regime minus certain leg exercises.   My own workouts consist of 30mins EFX three to four days a week including some weight lifting.  The only thing I do with legs are leg curls, extensions, seated calf raises.  Also, I do use the abductor machines with very light weight.  But, I only do legs once per week.  This brings up a excellent queston.  Do I need to continue doing those even though I'm doing my own workout?

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Re: Stiffness/Soreness & Clunking 3 1/2 months post op.
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2012, 12:17:21 PM »
My clunking lasted for 6-7 months. They said it was the tendons popping over something. it went away. No sign of it on the second hip.
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Re: Stiffness/Soreness & Clunking 3 1/2 months post op.
« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2012, 12:21:44 PM »
I think it would help, especially if you're doing gym exercises that isolate muscles. Leg curls, etc. are great for the big muscles, but are not helping the stabilizers, except in a marginal way.

I took the PT exercises and added weights (side leg raises with 2, 3, 5 lb weights), continued with the pilates type exercises for the core. Maybe a pilates class would help out, or yoga when you're there. I actually hired a personal trainer for a month after PT was done, to work with me on integrating the core exercises into my main routine. I told her what I wanted to do (power, flexibility and strengthening the core), and we made a workout regime that I try to stick to. So far, I've done about 8 months of it, and it has helped the hips get strong.

I also have some things at home that, with minor investment, help:

  • The roller for loosening muscles. works wonders for IT issues
  • Some juggling balls (actually leather bags), for muscle memory / shifting hips.
  • Balance on a pillow.
  • A slide board for doing skating movements (really good for the side to side movement).

I'm planning on getting a wobble board after Danny mentioned it to use that for balance issues. I'm planning on returning to soccer in about six months, so I need support for fast cutting.

One goofy thing I'm doing is shaving while balancing on one leg. Sure keeps your attention.
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Re: Stiffness/Soreness & Clunking 3 1/2 months post op.
« Reply #10 on: February 21, 2012, 01:25:36 PM »
Also had mine done by Dr. Brooks.  I am 3-1/2 years out and doing well.  Those symptoms sound very common and something that I experienced at 4 months.  I still get clicking (not as bad as clunking) every once in awhile depending on the activity.  I notice a big improvement at 6 months, 1 year and even at 1-1/2 years. 

Good luck,
Bill
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Re: Stiffness/Soreness & Clunking 3 1/2 months post op.
« Reply #11 on: February 21, 2012, 03:55:52 PM »
Great thread.  I was about to post asking about post-office-chair sitting stiffness.  I was wondering if I should be that stiff after sitting for 45 minutes, but is sounds like that's to be expected for a while.
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Re: Stiffness/Soreness & Clunking 3 1/2 months post op.
« Reply #12 on: February 21, 2012, 06:16:24 PM »
Dcd,

Not sure if you're also supposed to do the prescribed exercises in addition to your workout, would suspect probably, as I think they are designed mostly around ROM of specific muscles and certain motions.  I was told to continue all the standing exercises for 1 year post-op, 3x per day.  Suppose if you could replicate the motions in your normal workout, maybe that may free you up from one of the daily sets? 

I recall the minimal clunking I did have, went away after a couple weeks of the 3x day standing exercises.

Dan
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