I’ve been MIA lately with my posts due to lots going on these past couple weeks. One event that put me out (literally) for a bit was hip surgery that I had nearly 2 weeks ago. I’ve had my shares of sprains, strains, minor breaks, etc., but never anything that required surgery.

I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I’ve been dealing with two nagging injuries for the past year; medial epicondylitis in my elbow and labral issues in my hip. After trying just about every rehab technique and soft tissue method available, I got some imaging done that showed a labral tear and bone spurs that caused FAI (femoral acetabular impingement). I was able to walk and demo unloaded exercises fine, however, I was unable to run, jump, crawl, or perform weighted squats or deadlifts. Those 5 activities are 5 of my favorites, so I had to do something.

What happened?
I believe that this, as with many injuries, was caused by some asymmetries I’ve had for years. Extremely limited dorsiflexion in my right ankle has really thrown the “chain” off. Last October, while running sprints with one of my pro athletes, I felt something “give” in my hip during acceleration. It wasn’t a sharp pain, but definitely felt off. It progressively got worse and that’s why I decided to get the imaging done a couple months ago.

I had a labral refixation and osteochondroplasty (bone reshaping) done. Here are a couple pics that show some of the process.


The surgeon poking around and checking out the frayed tissue


Getting in there and cleaning it up


Drilling away…


I clean up nice

What’s Next?
While they gave me enough pain killers for a whole team, I only popped the pills for one day. I’m definitely not a fan of pills so I opted against using them. I will pop a couple NSAIDS now and then after a long day but that’s about it at this point. Instead of the narcotics, I decided to go with high doses of Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and curcumin. Couple those with a diet high in veggies, fats, and organic meats (also known as real food), and I’m recovering well. The inflammation is minimal and while I’m not off the crutches yet, I hope to be by the end of the week. I started PT with WSPT 3 days after surgery and plan to go 3x per week for at least the next 4-6 weeks. Speaking of crutches…you would think with all the technology we have at our disposal these days that they’d come up with a more comfortable option. I totally see their importance, I just can’t stand them. I guess anyone would say that after being on them for 12 straight days.

I’m not exactly sure what’s going on in this clip…just knowing that it’s the inside of my body though gives me the willys (technical term)!


About Doug Balzarini
Doug Balzarini, CSCS, MMA-CC, is the owner of DB Strength, which provides fitness training, education, and resources. He is also the strength and conditioning coach for Alliance MMA where he works with UFC Champion Dominick Cruz, Bellator Champion Michael Chandler, Phil Davis, Brandon Vera, Travis Browne, Ross Pearson, Alexander Gustafsson, and more. Prior to starting his own business, Doug worked at Fitness Quest 10 as a personal trainer, strength coach, and Operations Director for Todd Durkin Enterprises (TDE).

He has completed some graduate work in Biomechanics at SDSU and has obtained multiple certifications including ACE, NSCA-CSCS, MMA-CC, TFW Level 1, TRX instructor training, RIP training, EFI Gravity instructor training, LIFT Sandbag Certification, and FMS training. He has produced his 2 DVD projects on strength training for combat athletes, appeared in many fitness videos and articles, and was a coach on “The Ultimate Fighter” FOX TV show in 2012.

For more information please visit www.dbstrength.com.