It’s good to be back!

Well it’s been a while since I last posted anything. Great to see the site up and running again (excuse the pun).

Things are going as well as they can be at the moment. Started doing some light jogging….not having done any cardio work in 5 months it was a shock to the system! Had my last session of PT a few weeks ago and for the first time since this whole process began I had numbers to compare how weak my left leg is to my right. I was strapped in to a chair and they tested my range of motion, how much power I generated and the endurance of both legs. At the time I thought I’d done OK and thought my left leg was 20-30% weaker….that wasn’t the case. My left leg is 50% weaker than my right (a bit disheartening) and ROM was 95%, but I’m glad I did the test and I’m glad that it has helped me reassess my goals. Before I did the test, I thought I had a chance of being ready for the beginning of season in October, but I’m a long way off from that. On the plus side it has even me that little extra motivation to do more.

5 Comments so far

  1. sullypa on April 23rd, 2010

    Hi Dave

    Good to hear from you. How did they test for leg strength? Pushing down with the ball of your foot? What can you push against a bathroom scale? What did PT suggest for rebuilding, other than toe rises?
    October is a long way off. You have time to rebuild. Now that you know, and have reassessed your goals, you have a much better chance of making it! :-)

  2. marina on April 23rd, 2010

    Hello Dave,
    I’m on 5 months too and my PT says that I can play in about 2-3 months (that is of course, not giving the 100%). So, don’t worry, as sullypa above says, October is a long way off. For the history, I’ve done appx. 50-60 PT sessions (strengthening only) until now, at first it was difficult but now I can finally FEEL the results. Today I’ve walked the company’s ramp (uphill) with extreme ease, without limping and 2 days before, I couldn’t do that. So, even though it’s a long way to heeling, you see the progress day by day.

  3. sullypa on April 23rd, 2010

    Marina is right. The key is PT that strengthens. At 13 weeks my PT has a lot of toe rises, recovery foot balancing, wobble board, squats, and making a bridge - shoulders to heel. I get really sweaty.
    Am also playing light softball and tennis….. Just have to let the tough shots go. No pain ever. :-)

  4. dave02 on April 26th, 2010

    Sullypa, the way they tested my leg strength was to strap me face down so all that I could move was my foot, they attached that to a machine hooked up to a computer. The test was to check my range of movement, how much power I could generate pushing off and endurance (all at different resistance levels). ROM was fine, power was 40% weaker and endurance was pretty pathetic, an overall general assessment was that my bad foot is/was 50% weaker. Since then things have improved a bit, apart from the heel lifts and balance exercises I’ve also been doing seated calf raises with 2 resistance bands, which has been great cause I can do them in the office throughout the day.

    Marina, I spoke with my PT too and had a serious discussion about my goals, to get back to the level I was playing at we agreed that Jan 2011 would be a sensible and more realistic comeback date, she did suggest late November, but there is a mid season break during that time and the season doesn’t pick-up again until January. It is to make sure that calf and achilles can take the high impact stress of playing rugby and scrummaging.

    Got a fair bit of time between now and then, I’ll keep working at it and take each day as it comes.

  5. normofthenorth on April 26th, 2010

    This all sounds familiar! I’m at ~19 wks now, and I’m scheduled for one of those measurement sessions on the computerized machine on May 6th. Today, I think it would find ~100% ROM and maybe LESS than 50% strength and power and endurance. We’ll see.

    My healing has generally been much quicker and WAY less painful and inconvenient than after my first ATR, 8 yrs ago. Skipping the surgery has helped, and following a much more rapid protocol (”borrowed” from a scientific study that showed excellent results) has also helped. But I’m well into what doug53 aptly named the “frustrating plateau”, after most of my life is back to normal but my leg is still weak. (I did just ski a week in Whistler, though, which wasn’t frustrating at all!)

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