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An Athlete’s Comeback from Ischiofemoral Impingement (Hip) Surgery

An Athlete’s Comeback from Ischiofemoral Impingement (Hip) Surgery

Athletes, you need to read about Dana’s journey. She will show you what PATIENCE and PERSEVERANCE look like. I hope it makes you take a moment out of your day to honor your body and feel gratitude for when it serves you well. For some of us, it’s really hard to modify or take a day or week off for needed rest, but imagine a year…

Screen Shot 2014-12-12 at 5.59.19 PMTo the core, Dana is a passionate and talented athlete who loves everything active including softball, tennis and golf.

She came to me after a rare hip surgery and put her heart and soul into rehab. She never complained and would crush exercises that are challenging for people half her age.

It was exciting to see Dana’s progress every step of the way, and I can’t wait to see what she does next!!

In her own words…

Three words to describe me…
Perseverant, Industrious, Generous

What brought you to PT?
Rehab after ischiofemoral impingement hip surgery that involved cutting away a piece of bone, partial removal of a muscle and releasing the sciatic nerve from scar tissue. Dr. Mayes came highly recommended and the fact that Iron PT was right around the corner in walking distance was icing on the cake since I wasn’t able to drive for 5 weeks.

How have you benefitted from PT?

I am now four months post-op and finally starting to turn the corner as the pain is subsiding, and I can start seeing results with increased mobility and flexibility. Dr. Mayes has played a key role in my recovery, and I cannot thank him enough for all of his help with getting me to this point. He worked with me to go from crutches to a cane, to balance exercises wearing a 20 lb vest, to squats,1:35 min planks, slide board, and burpees (haven’t done those since high school!). I feel so much stronger now than I have in a very long time and more motivated to get back in shape. I recently joined a new gym after a years hiatus and now working out more to supplement my PT. Dr. Mayes also instilled in me to ‘listen to my body’ since I have a tendency to ‘overdo’ things and pay the price as a result.

What would you say to someone with the same injury?
My condition is extremely rare, and I wouldn’t wish this on anyone. With that said, I have always been a firm believer in physical therapy based on my experience recovering from past injuries and surgeries. I knew that rehab for this surgery was going to take a long time and it was going to require hard work and dedication. My recommendation is to come to Iron PT, work hard and be diligent with doing your exercises at home. Dr. Mayes and his staff possess the knowledge and skills to work with you and push you to get you to where you need to be based on your capabilities.

What are you most excited about getting back to?
I have been out of commission from playing softball, golf and tennis since last September. I know that I still have work ahead of me, but by the spring, I cannot wait to swing for the fences and turn some double-plays back on the diamond, pursue that elusive hole in one, smash some aces and resume yoga classes. I also look forward to biking, hiking and swimming again.

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4 responses to “An Athlete’s Comeback from Ischiofemoral Impingement (Hip) Surgery

  1. Athena Fremstad

    I am 48 and am recovering from IFI surgery. My local PT is great but this is Rare! I would love to know some of the exercises that helped Dana recover. I am 1 month off of crutches and surprised by how often my QF flares. Would love suggestion on how you managed this with Dana. Any feedback would be great!

    • There’s no cookie cutter treatment here. You and your therapist must be in constant communication on how you’re feeling/responding to treatment. You’re gonna have bumps along the road but keep at it. Your therapist will have to use various hands-on techniques (ART, Graston, dry needling, etc.) to address issues that pop up along the way as well as being able to constantly modified your therapeutic exercise. Good luck! GRIT will get you far!

  2. Hi, I’m a 57 y.o. female living in the Indianapolis area, diagnosed with IFI 10 weeks ago (Sept 2016). Right hip is symptomatic but greater narrowing of the ischiofemoral space is present in the left hip as well – so I may be a candidate for this surgery in both hips. I’m interested to know how Dana is doing now, 2 yrs since this article was written. I’m a former competitive cyclist, nordic skiier & speed skater. Even with image guided steroid injections & extreme diligence/self-discipline, I’m unable to get back to normal life: ADLs, employment, social life. I’m ready to consider surgery but am concerned about the method/experience of the local surgeons & PT to get me up & going again. Looking for more post-op information re: Dana + any advice as to how to proceed. I presently have “Cadillac” health insurance with 65 PT appts allowed/year. I will be losing this insurance June 2018 & with the presidential election results, am feeling like I need to get going sooner than later on finding a solution to this pain & disability. Thank you – Lisa

    • She’s doing fantastic! She has returned to competitive softball and exercise with great satisfaction. I couldn’t be more pleased with her recovery. It sounds like you need to take the next step with surgery if all other measures have failed. A good surgeon + grit + a great PT = a strong recovery. Good luck!

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