I have been diagnosed with a femor hip stress fracture. My orthepedic
told me that I would be able to run in a month, but I have had pain for
3 months so far, I even have pain in my groin area when I walk. What
can I do and will I ever be able to get back to running again?
Hi Lisa - This is a tough injury. Because I am uncertain where the injury is actually located, I can not give you very much advice. I will say, however, that pain is a guideline for your return to activity. Before you begin to run, you need to start to challenge your lower extremity in a functional progression, making sure to actvate your tissue in all three planes...Sagital, frontal and transverse (forward stepping, sideways stepping and rotational stepping - behind you). Further, you need to work on balance before you work on peripheral balance, and on peripheral balance before you work on lunges. Lunges before steps-up-step down, and steps before jumping (take off of one foot, land on two feet). And jumping before hopping (take off and land on one foot). All should be able to be performed without pain before progressing to the next level, and you should be able to hop before running.
Fractures generally take about six weeks to heal, so that is the first guideline, but why you fractured is am important question to answer. The hip usually fractures if the loads are abnormal, so look at orthotics as a preventive measure (while we put orthotics in the shoe, we usually make them for the butt muscles and hip joint).