I had my surgery 6 weeks ago and have been off crutches ~2 weeks. The tear was small and they found no arthritis in the hip despite my running since the 7th grade. Rehab was progressing nicely - I was able to swim (not allowed to do flip turns and no pushing off the wall w/ my R leg) and riding the trainer (20-25 minutes in a very easy gear)...no pain.
Then last week, the head PT had me increase DURATION and RESISTANCE on the trainer. The recommended time went up to 45 minutes and resistance went up (increased by ~2 gears, still in lil ring). My heart said AWESOME, but my head questioned it "Hmm, that's strange, increasing TWO variables?" I followed the guidelines and now for the past week, I'm experiencing the most pain I've had in 3-4 weeks. I was walking fine before, and now it hurts to walk and I may even be changing my stride because of it. The trio of therapists I'm working with could all tell I was bumming when I walked into my PT session on Monday. Ok, enough whining. Here are my questions:
Question1: Have others had recovery/rehab setbacks related to this type of surgery, and if so, how severe were those setbacks?
Question2: Have others had their PT's change two variables at once (training time and training resistance) when rehabbing?
I'm now back to no exercise for at least a week and will start again. While it is frustrating, I still feel fortunate I can do the things I do. Although my wife is VERY ready to give lawn-mowing responsibilities back to me.
It took awhile, but I finally discovered that its not the destination that's important, but rather the journey.