Long Conservative Road To Recovery

Good morning all! I hope you are doing well. I was so eager to get my first cast removed that I neglected to ask so of my most pressing questions to the doctor. When I got home a fully processed what they had told me I had concerns about how long and what timeframe my doctors had planned for my ATR recovery. Due to being a dancer and a recently having a baby I was already concerned with returning to dance postpartum. This injury was only going to delay my return by what seemed like a lifetime. I was less than thrilled to find out I would be NWB for the indefinite future. After hearing that my rupture was a complete one with an approximate 2.5cm retraction all I can do is trust my doctor’s recommendation. My current recovery timeline:

Day of Injury: 7/20/2019
Visit to Patient First: 7/20/2019
Splint: 7/20/2019-7/31/2019
Surgery: 8/1/2019
1st Cast: 8/1/2019-8/19/2019
2nd Cast: 8/19/2019-8/26/2019
3rd Cast: 8/26/2019-9/10/2019
Boot: 9/10/2019 - until

I am hoping to be up and mobile by 2020. I am going to speak positivity into this and see how it all turns out. For anyone on their ATR recovery journey, I wish you the very best!!!

4 Responses to “Long Conservative Road To Recovery”

  1. You’ll definitely be mobile by 2020. My guess is your doc will tell you to put weight on it as tolerated once you’re in the boot. I spent roughly 5 weeks on crutches before I started walking in the boot. Was out of the boot in just under 3 months. Once you become ambulatory the progress comes in leaps and bounds. I was injured on 9/6, put in a boot NWB on 9/13, began walking in the boot in late October, and got out of it by end of November. By end of December I was walking with almost no limp. Started jogging again in late February. Hang in there.

  2. : D thank you so much Bruiser your story gives me hope!

  3. Hi LeahMichelle, My surgery for full ATR was 7/26 so we are on a very similar timeline. I was only in a splint for 10 days before transitioning to a boot. Have been NWB past 3 weeks in the boot and seeing the doc tomorrow hoping to get cleared for boot walking then.

    It’s amazing to see the spectrum of post surgery treatment, but we will all get to the same place in the end. From what i’ve read on this blog, most people are out of their cast/boot in ~12 weeks or so and I’m expecting the same.

    Best of luck to you on your journey.

    Paul

  4. Hi LeahMichelle, My surgery for full ATR was 7/26 so we are on a very similar timeline. I was only in a splint for 10 days before transitioning to a boot. Have been NWB past 3 weeks in the boot and seeing the doc tomorrow hoping to get cleared for boot walking then.

    It’s amazing to see the spectrum of post surgery treatment, but we will all get to the same place in the end. From what i’ve read on this blog, most people are out of their cast/boot in ~12 weeks or so and I’m expecting the same.

    Best of luck to you on your journey!

    Paul

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