Three years ago I had surgery on my right ankle. More recently, my right hip is starting to ache, along with my lower back. It aches terribly! I can touch my toes, but to get back up takes some thought. I have to hang onto my shins to help myself back up! I just got orthodics made and have had them for a month. The pain has actually increased. I am scared that it will never go away. I do a lot of yoga and lately have been obsessing about stretches. Any thoughts?
Talk about a chain reaction; many times an injury to a joint in the distal limb can eventually start to effect the proximal joints and even the spine. The ankle injury/surgery can effect both the functional range of motion of that joint and even the leg length. Both of these changes to the joint will effect the alignment of the leg and torso. If range of motion and alignment cannot be restored, than pain will begin. That is why rehabilitation after a surgery is so very important. The rehabilitation plan should take everything into account: range of motion, leg length, strength, and alignment. The entire functional chain of the leg needs to be over-hauled. Skipping this process would be like putting new tires on your car without balancing the tires and realigning the suspension.
Find a physical therapist who is also a fellow of the AAOMPT and you will have a chance to get back on track.
Here are some other links you might find useful:
Why Yoga Can Help Soothe Many Types of Chronic Pain
Using Mindfulness Meditation to Alleviate Physical Pain
Everyday Ways to Protect Your Joints
Dr. Christina Lasich, MD
thank you Dr. Lasich. I am going to a PT. I dont know what the AAOMPT is but if you dont mind.. Im going to take your response with me to my PT appointment and hopefully we can get to the bottom of this pain