Physical therapy

Did most of you get referred for PT? My doctor does not refer to PT- he told me to begin biking and swimming and to use theraband to strengthen.
did ultrasound treatments help any of you? I am a coach and the trainer at my school did it for me and it seemed to work wonders! I’m wondering if I should be getting PT…

5 Responses to “Physical therapy”

  1. Yup, on my one month post op visit I got my boot and a PT referral.

  2. Frustratedcoach,
    I had 28 PT sessions and thought they were indispensable. There is a lot to learn in terms of rebuilding your strength and balance after being in a cast and a boot for several weeks. My PT also guided me in terms of how hard to push things. I would highly recommend you going for PT.

  3. Do the physio!!! I swear on my life that if I had not started physio at the end of 2 weeks as per my doctor I wouldn’t be as far as I am.

    Physio has become my ‘happy place’ the last 14 weeks. I always see results each and every time I have gone for a session.

    If you can afford the sessions you won’t regret them, especially if you have a great physiotherapist!

  4. I think PT offers a few different things:
    1) Guidance on exercises to do. They had me work a few different things (balance stuff) that I would likely have neglected on my own. But, a little research could probably yield a pretty good set of guidelines on standard rehab exercises for an ATR.
    2) Equipment. My PT facility had a few specialized pieces of equipment that weren’t available at my regular gym. But, I think I could have managed using the gym equipment, and maybe spending $50 on some home gear (wobble boards and such).
    3) Motivation. For some, a good therapist is helpful in pushing through painful exercises, and staying motivated to do the various exercises. In my case, their job was probably to keep me from pushing too hard, too early. Motivation was not an issue for me. YMMV.
    4) Therapies. Ultrasound, heat, scar manipulation, etc. Some of this I could do on my own- but things like ultrasound could only be done at the PT facility. It’s hard to quantify how much they helped. I think some of the most effective therapies (massage) can be done at home.
    5) Consult. Surgeons are very busy. They don’t have a lot of time to spend with us. On the other hand, my therapist was somebody I could talk to every week- somebody who kept track of my progress, who I could talk to about next steps, problems I was having, etc. Most have seen a few of these injuries, and could give me some idea about what to expect. This was very valuable to me.

    I probably could have managed without PT. But I’m glad I was able to utilize it.

  5. I didn’t really do PT. My doc simply told me “you know what to do”, no need to pay for it. I did go in to get joint manipulation done to start working the metatarsal stiffness out, which helped a ton even never being in a cast.

    That said, at about 11 months out I measured my calves and there was AN INCH difference between the two. Over the last month I’ve got that down to less than half an inch, but still.

    One great exercise the doc told me was standing on the stairs, heel raise up on both legs, come down just on the weak leg.

    Granted I’d had other ankle problems before so I did know what to do. Whether he was just saying it or actually believed it he said I was the fastest healing Achilles he had ever seen.

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