I just returned from meeting with my hip doctor (the calm, cool and collected Dr. Scott Martin at Brigham and Women's).
There is good news: I am getting better ......more flexibility in my hip and back—many thanks to PT and Ana's excellent work. The hip joint pain is not as strong as it was in May. I can step up with out excruciating pain and drive stick shift with out hobbling from the car to the house. There is hope. The best news is I do not need surgery. If I follow the doctor's advice......
There is not-so-good news: (well depends on one's point-of-view I suppose). "No impact sports. No running. ESPECIALLY NO RUNNING FOR 5 YEARS until your hip and related problems are free and clear." Bummer.
With my love of running as strong as it is, I will continue to be involved as I have been (while recovering & not running) by volunteering and designing for races and runners. Yes, there are a lot of other physical activities to which I can look forward!