Six years later, suffering with pain and weakness in the other hip, he found himself needing a second surgery. In Sept. 2013, with improvements in arthroscopic techniques, his left hip was repaired. This time it was an outpatient procedure. He was home in the afternoon and the overall recovery time was cut in half. In fact, in March of 2014, he ran a 5-mile relay in the desert.
He credits Jennifer Unterreiner, DPT, at Progressive Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation in Costa Mesa, with getting him back in action.
“I was really lucky,” Mark says. “After researching physical therapists I found Progressive Physical Therapy and Jen. Besides being very experienced and knowledgeable, she really understood how to relate to me. Being athletically inclined, I’m used to pushing myself and sometimes that can be a bad combination in physical therapy when you need to let the injury set the timeframe for progressing. As a result, she spent a lot of time educating me on why I had to take it slowly making sure I wasn’t overdoing anything and possibly re-injuring myself.”
Recovery from hip surgery takes time and it is not something you can push. Patients have to be mindful of any sort of weight bearing activities for the first few weeks and need to give the hip joint time to heal on its own. In a surgery as complicated and detailed as Mark’s was, timing is everything.
“There are certain milestones we have to hit and just have to wait for before we can really start progressing,” Jennifer said. “From weight bearing restrictions to range of motion exercises, to strength, agility, coordination and endurance, everything has a time and place, and certain goals need to be met before moving on to the next step.