Physiotherapy can start approximately 10 days post-surgery. Dr Singh does not recommend hip flexion greater than 90 degrees or excessive rotation of the hip, deep squats, clams and lunges for the first 6-12 weeks following hip arthroscopy surgery. Your physiotherapist can design an individualized movement, strength and rehabilitation program for you focusing on making the muscles working in a coordinated manner from the lower back, abdomen, hip, knee and ankle. They will be able to guide you with time-frames of returning to sporting activities depending on your progress. This will vary for each person and depends on the surgical findings and degree of symptoms prior to surgery. High seat cycling can be attempted 2-3 weeks after surgery and continued providing this does not cause a flare up of your pain. Initially 5 minutes building up to 20 minutes is recommended.
Running after hip arthroscopy surgery:
Running should not be attempted before 6 weeks after hip arthroscopy surgery in order to avoid the risk of fracture. It may take up to 12 weeks for an elite sports person to return to their previous level of competition and fitness.
Swimming after hip arthroscopy surgery:
Swimming and hydrotherapy can commence when your wound is healed. Do not attempt breaststroke. Flippers may assist to even out your kick, but do not use them to kick hard.
Treat any flare up of pain with cold packs, analgesia and anti-inflammatory medication. Your General Practitioner can assist with pain management during your rehabilitation.