Aug 12 2013

kkirk

Month 10: Turn that PT into a Total Body Workout

Posted at 9:35 PM under 2-Shoes, Post-Op

Not much to report, but I’ve decided to post something each month until I hit October (a year from my surgery). The amazing thing, is like others I’ve talked to on this site, I’m in better shape now than I was before the injury. My calves are still different sizes (a little), and my ATR can’t do as nice of a calf raise as my other leg, but I’m stronger and in better shape than I was in early college. The only difference is instead of doing ROM exercises, leg strengthening, and learning to walk again. I’m doing much more cardio (Spinning, and trail running, treadmill, weight training, body pump, and some p90X. The only issue is I’ve plateau on my couch to 10K program to focus on improve my speed running a 5K (although that has more to do with other things other than my ATR). Now I just need to get my nutrition back in action and it will be perfect.

So the purpose of this short post is to offer the advice that if you have invested many hours into your PT (more than you use to exercise). Use your schedule after you have achieved your recovery to work your whole body. Happy Healing everyone. :)

4 responses so far

4 Responses to “Month 10: Turn that PT into a Total Body Workout”

  1. Jackon 12 Aug 2013 at 11:22 PM 1

    Hey Kevin. Great news and excellent encouragement! I’m at 5 months post procedure and every day I seem to feel a little bit better. I’m down to 1X a week for physical therapy, and try to do my exercises daily. I can raise up on both feet and release the good foot - the repaired heel stays up about 1/2″ for a few seconds. THAT is a milestone for me. If I try doing a heel raise on the bad foot with my knee bent, I can also get it up a small distance. Am also doing some leg weight work at the “Y” and that is a big help in strengthening the muscles.
    They have a huge assortment of various weights at the “Y” so I target the calf muscles by sitting on a bench, holding the dumbell on my knee and slowly raising and lowering the heel using the toes. Am up to 65 lbs now and believe me, after about 3 sets of 25, the muscles are barking.
    Did a 40 mile bike ride Sunday, and the girl following me is a therapist - she commented that there is a definate difference between the left calf (bad) and the right (good) sizes.
    My suggestion to all who are recovering - don’t just rely on the P.T. sessions to get you stronger - work on it daily - even a few times a day if you can.
    Best wishes to all!
    Jack

  2. kellygirlon 12 Aug 2013 at 11:41 PM 2

    Yay, we have you for a few more months :) It sounds like you are in great shape, Kevin. I felt a little fatigue just reading about what you have been up to! I am looking forward to being able to do more besides walking and spinning–not there yet but getting closer, I hope! Keep up the good work!

  3. emmqon 13 Aug 2013 at 9:00 AM 3

    So close KKirk?!! Sounds like you’re going to sprint over the end of the line with all the good progress you’ve been making. :-)

    Awesome news. Miss Emm

  4. kkirkon 16 Sep 2013 at 9:57 PM 4

    Thanks EmmQ.. Hope you are also doing well.

    BTW I meant so close to my 12 months (after surgery) mark. :)

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