I broke my upper femur in nov 2013,underwent surgury,pins and screws.recent follow up appt,my doc says xrays show everything is fine,80% healed,gave me a pt regiment.i have a lot of knee and hip pain.im told thats usual.but why does my hip look and feel not right? Will that be permanent, or does that go away as the muscles redevelope?
Did you have hip replacement or what you had was pinning of the femur itself? Fractures of the femur can take a long time to heal right, that is why the physical therapy etc. What do mean your hip doesn't look right? It is normal to have some pain, but that should ease up as you do therapy. It takes time.
I'v broken my femur-seriously one of the MOST painful things ever, including the 3rd degree burn on my arm.
I had the steel rod, screws at each end surgery, then had to have a 2nd a year after due to metal fatigue causing the rod to break. It has only been 4 months and as the femur is the heaviest/thickest bones in the body, it does seem to take longer than others. There is sure to still be swelling/oedema, bruising and if your surgery was like mine, the head of the steel rod sits in the hip joint, so the hip itself may feel bigger due to swelling. The surgery itself as well as the fracture is kind of a trauma and it WILL take a while.
You do have to be a bit anal about doing your physio: it hurts and is a pain, but it makes all the difference for the outcome. THe knee physio is just as important as everything else: if you do it, the swelling will come down and you'll get the flexibility back. (I found if you took some advil an hour or so beforehand, it was less painful and I could do a bit more.) My leg healed alright but it's never been as strong as before the break. But you can't tell by the way I walk at all and everyone IS different in how they heal (I also pushed myself too hard and was walking the dogs about 4 weeks too early).
So listen to your physio: they're a big help and don't hesitate to ask your orthopaedic doc if there's anything unusual.
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