Sometimes, a Long Journey Starts With Penguin Steps

“We acquire the strength we overcome”

-Ralph Waldo Emerson

In late August this year, Brooke and Susie moved to St. Louis from Destin (Florida) and Chicago, respectively.

They both underwent a surgical procedure called a periacetabular osteotomy, or PAO for short, here in St. Louis.

This is a rather invasive hip surgery that involves cutting bone and screwing it back in a new position with large 3–4 inch screws.

Nine days after surgery, they were in Emerge to begin their post-op reconditioning.

The process at Emerge is accelerated as far as therapy goes, but can feel very slow to the person learning to walk without crutches again.

One of the first exercises to strengthen and ready the hip for walking is called “penguin steps.”

I can try to explain it, but this works better…