First post, 6 weeks post op

Hello ATR community. My rupture was classic, weekend basketball game and down he goes. Anyway, I feel lucky to have been exposed to a very progressive Dr. And PT who specializes in ATR recovery protocol. My incision is just under 2 inches total and my mobilization began 4 days after surgery. Went FWB at 2 weeks in the boot and lost all wedges by week 5. My PT time already includes bootless biking, squats, and lots of band work. Last week introduced the first Plantar movements and man that got me excited…until I realized how weak we really are after surgery. Add in the electrical stimulation of the calf muscle and things are rolling. Protocol dictates going to 2 shoes Friday (7 weeks post-op). Reading so many recovery stories here and the wildly varying approaches is amazing. I must admit thought, I dig the aggressive approach and immediate PT, I am positive this is the method for me, must get back to driving and chasing my boys around soon! Thanks for all the info on this site, looking forward to posting progress and milestones as they happen. Shooting for a 5k in April as a goal, aggressive but must strive for something!

3 Responses to “First post, 6 weeks post op”

  1. ryanb
    March 5th, 2013 | 11:57 am

    Sounds like you’re on a plan not too different than the one I followed. Great to hear that you’re making such good progress! I’ve got 2 bits of advice for you:
    1) I’m going to bet you feel really good after the spin bike at the PT facility. I got a spin bike for home, and spent around 20mins on it, first thing every morning. It really helped loosen things up, get the blood flowing etc. If you can, I’d try to get a spin bike for home, and do the same. I kept that routine for more than 6 months.
    2) When you go to two shoes, be VERY careful for the next couple of months. Be deliberate with every step. I think those of us on a fast protocol can get lulled into a false sense of security, and it’s easy to forget that we’re at a high risk for re-rupture up until at least 12 weeks. It’s important to keep up the rehab and activity level; it’s even more important to NOT do something dumb and have a catastrophic setback. Be disciplined about that.

  2. normofthenorth
    March 5th, 2013 | 1:51 pm

    What Ryan said!

  3. hungtheviet
    March 6th, 2013 | 5:58 pm

    That is awesome…I am happy for your quick progress so far.

    You’re lucky you have a PT that is aggressive with your rehab. I think I have gone faster on my own than than what the PT ha me doing in a session. My PT has me still doing ROM exercises and no strength exercises and I am on my 8th week.

    However, since week 6 I have been using bands, doing heal raises in the pool, and going on a stationary bike with the boot on. I feel PT is holding me back now.

    I feel like I can walk in 2 shoes now and might just do it without being cleared by PT.

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