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The Entrepreneurial Patient: A Patient's Guide to Hip Impingement Paperback – February 13, 2013
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For the pre-surgery side, I feel like this book sorts through/summarizes/makes sense of a lot of stuff you'll see on the Yahoo FAI Group or other forums, which is fantastic when you're feeling information-overload or getting scared by outlier/bad-outcome surgery stories.
For post surgery, this book is most helpful to manage your expectations for recovery, which in turn positively affects affects your behavior (i.e., avoid flare-ups or setbacks by being careful with a physical therapy progression).
Right now it's helping me as I go from the 'easy' phase of recovery--i.e. physical therapy for 5 months, when everything was an upward slope--to the much longer, harder, and more stubborn slog of working through muscle imbalances, when progress seems much more elusive and backslides occur. It was a phase I was hoping to avoid as someone who works hard at body awareness and as a long-time Alexander Technique and Feldenkrais student...but when I encountered it, I was ready (and hopeful) because of this book, and had more ideas for further treatment (such as dry needling and muscle activation technique) than I would otherwise.
When I first got the book, I did a real quick read of it since it was late at night. I went back to reread it all over again that weekend. I wish this book had been written before I had my surgery in 2011. I would have been much better prepared in seeking out the best surgeon and thinking about my options. She walks you through her story and she explains the mechanics of the hip and different forms of surgery. She uses data from studies and interviews and explains what a patient should know and do before and after surgery.
Anna gives a solid education regarding the hip and it is good to have it in one place rather than in a bevy of numerous online postings where I had received most of my information prior to and post surgery. The book is worth its weight in gold, just because she tells you how to interview and seek out qualified surgeons and therapists.
Anna also highlight all the things to do pre and post surgery and the types of therapies that can help. She also goes over the many complications that can result from hip surgery: the muscle imbalances and the tight adductors and glutes, things that I am still fighting in my own recovery.
This was one Kindle book where I constantly highlighted passages throughout my reading so I can go back again and reread. I got a wonderful one-stop education from someone who has done her homework. This should really help out the many patients who are curious about what is wrong with their hips. Message boards are great, but you can spend a significant amount of hours reading them to get the information that you need.
I can only tell you that if you are curious about your hip or are dealing with hip surgery and its aftermath, this is the one best book you can read and when you are done you can go to the message boards and fill in the gaps with the support and experiences from other patients that are so willingly shared.
This book seems to perform a dual function. It provides : 1) an opportunity to engage with someone else's subjective experience, to which one may variably relate and, 2) to learn some objective facts.
I was very surprised to find a book like this because of a paucity of info generally available on the topic. In fairness, the diagnosis and management of FAI appears to be fairly new . Having recently had a diagnosis of FAI, I found the book helpful and informative. I do not live in the USA, but the lessons learned from the tenacity needed to deal with health care insurance problems can be extrapolated to all sorts of walks of life.
I cannot say thank you enough to the author of this book. You are an angel.