This has been only a minor, nagging issue throughout my recovery from ACL reconstruction (hamstring graft), but it has become a bit more troublesome the past 1.5 weeks. I have noticed that my right hip (surgery side) clicks and feels like it moves out of its normal movement pattern whenever I walk. The other hip does not do this, and I had never noticed this before surgery. I’m not familiar with the anatomy of the hip, but the clicking seems to come from where my femur inserts into the socket of my hip.
I am currently just under 8 months out of surgery.
I didn’t think much of it at first, just that maybe my hip flexor, glute, etc., on that side were weaker due to the loss of strength following surgery. I also thought maybe overtraining had something to do with it since I do 2+ more sets on my right side for all single-leg exercises (Bulgarian split squats, single-leg RDLs mainly).
However, the issue has not gotten better, and now my hip hurts when I get into a deep squat (deep being below parallel). The pain isn’t significant, but it’s enough that I can’t squat as much weight as I’m capable of. I’m now worried that my gait is screwed up, and that’s what’s caused the initial clicking and now pain.
Here is what my lower body workout consists of (do this twice per week):
Bulgarian split squat (+2 sets for recovering leg)
Single-leg RDL (+2 sets for recovering leg)
Glute-Ham raise (pre-fatigue recovering leg with leg curl before each set)
I also have 1-2 days per week of running, cutting & plyos:
Half mile jog warmup
Full-court sprints (basketball court)
Cutting drills with basketball (make 3 trips around large box on court, both directions)
Dribble up court, cutting L-to-R with ball
Triple jump over boxes of varying heights
Single-leg box jumps (front-back & lateral)