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Physical Therapy from week 7 - week 11

May 3rd, 2008 · 5 Comments

My doctor recommended that I start my physical therapy at the week 6 mark, but I started at week 7 due to some paperwork issues with my insurance.

I have been going to PT about twice a week, and overall I think it’s been very helpful in my recovery.

Here’s my post regarding my first PT session: The First Physical Therapy Session

The PT sessions since then have been following a general pattern of:
Warm up on the exercise bike for 10 minutes
Walking on the treadmill for 5-10 minutes while the PT monitors my walking form.
Sitting toe raises (3 sets of 10)
Standing on wobble board for 10 seconds (3 times)
Balancing on one leg for 10 seconds (3 times)
Most of the exercises described in my first PT session post
Ice with electric stimulation

Over the past couple of weeks, the exercises have been getting more challenging, being careful to never do more than what I felt comfortable with. I’ve read that re-ruptures do happen during physical therapy sessions in rare occasions, so I don’t want that happening to me.

I am going from sitting toe raises with no weight to 10-20 lbs of weight on the knee.

Also, standing toe raises with both legs on the ground have been added to the program, with a lot of the weight being borne on the healthy leg and slowly shifting weight towards my recovering leg as I get more comfortable with the exercise.

Starting week 9, I have been doing the “crab walk” with the resistance band around my ankles. It is supposed to build up my hip muscles.

After the first PT session, I switched to another PT who was closer to where I had lived. She was also very good, but she was busy a lot of the times, and I ended up doing most of the exercises with the assistants who were not as helpful or as well informed as the PT.

I even switched the sessions to during the times where they were not as busy, but I still wasn’t getting much face time with the actual physical therapist.

Having been annoyed with the sub-par assistants and the busy PT, I am now back to my first PT who does spend more time with me. Also the assistants are a lot more pleasant to work with. (I don’t get the feeling of being talked down to, with the assistants barking orders at me.)

Tags: physical therapy · recovery

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 brendan // May 4, 2008 at 10:12 am

    Dennis - thanks for the PT post…I am starting next week and it’s a good reminder that if I don’t mesh with the PT…than I should look around for another one. I’m also a bit nervous about starting (re-rup)…but I feel confident enough now to say when. I got out on my cruiser bike for the first time yesterday and it felt good…I live in a flat town, so it was just good to get around the block. Hard to believe it’s been almost 10 weeks since I was laying on my couch after the b-ball game…we’ve all come a long way. I have fallen off the AT tracker sheet, just not enough time anymore…your new progress page with the marathon tracker seems to be working out great!

  • 2 dennis // May 4, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    Brendan -

    I hope the PT sessions prove to be beneficial for you. Thanks for all your efforts in setting up and keeping the AT tracker up-to-date. I hope we can pass the torch to someone else to manage.. but no takers so far. ;)

    I’ll also have to set aside some more time to enhance the site and setup an online progress tracker that can maintain itself.

    There are some things that I’d like to automate, but it requires me digging through the wordpress php code, and I just haven’t had the time/energy to do it yet. I know that it’ll save me more time in the long run, so I should just bite the bullet and do it one of these nights.

    I am glad seeing people getting better and seeing new folks coming here and finding the site helpful in their recovery.

    Thanks for all your help! It’s been great going through the recovery together.

  • 3 ross // May 4, 2008 at 7:14 pm

    Thanks for the update on PT. Can be frustrating but what you realized that most be don’t is that you have a choice with your healthcare. Quality always wins out in the long run.
    Glad to hear that you’re doing well. One day at a time.
    It seems that the further we get from out surgery date the less time for blogging. I guess we’re trying to catch up on lost time.


    Doc Ross

  • 4 Bob // Mar 19, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Hi I did not go to emergency room I new they would just send me to specialist and my insurance charges 150$ for Er visits . The next morning at 11am I was At docs office , at 1:30 pm I met with surgeon it was Wednesday and he set up surgery for Friday am . It’s been 3 days since operation so far it’s as exspected . Nice blog to read thank you

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