Oct 21 2009

lupeclicks

Cleared from Phyiscal Therapy 10/21/09

Posted at 12:56 pm under Week 5

My Physical therapist gave me a list of exercises to continue to do at home and I am no longer in their care. So 5 weeks and 1 day after surgery and I am on my own! I have a noticeable limp for now but I am working on it. In therapy today I raised up on the toes of both feet. It was more mind over matter in a way. It hurt a little bit but I got over it. I will still keep it slow and pace myself my chart says heel raising at 6-8 weeks. So I am going to back off that one until next week. When you get to this point after surgery its hard to get your brain back in the mode that it is ok to use the muscles again. Keep working my friends and the you will see the light at the end of the tunnel. I have a wedding to do this Saturday the 24th and I will post on how that went as well.

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4 Responses to “Cleared from Phyiscal Therapy 10/21/09”

  1. grahamon 22 Oct 2009 at 3:47 am 1

    That’s great news. I am unsure why though you have been put on this agressive program. 5 weeks after surgery you are 2 shoes and finished professional PT which is excellent, where you given any guidance as to the reasons? Seems a massive difference to what everyone else has been on. Its really good news you can be agressive and still be safe :) I am counting down the days until I see my surgeon again and hope to be in 2 shoes in 3 weeks (8 weeks post op).

  2. doug53on 22 Oct 2009 at 6:28 am 2

    The aggressive vs. conservative debate goes on because there are not large, convincing medical studies to show which way is best. Having said that, there is a definite tendency among the studies that have been done to favor the more aggressive path.

    I think some people tend to assume that everything in medicine has been thoroughly studied, and therefore doctors have all the right answers. Believe me, that is often not the case, and how to rehab a ruptured Achilles tendon is one of those instances. (There is only so much medical research money out there to do studies.)

    When there is no clear right answer, you will see personal preference of doctors enter the picture, which means there may be much variation in how things are done.

    Good doctors know how much evidence there is behind the way they do things. Some things are well-studied and clearly the right way. Some things are partially studied, so there is some guidance, but practices will vary. There will be the “early adopters” who tend to use the latest new thing, while others will wait and see how the new approach works out before changing what they are used to doing. Deciding when a new treatment is better, and therefore start using it yourself, is one of the hardest things in medicine.

    Sorry to get so philosophical,

    Doug

  3. joseon 22 Oct 2009 at 8:03 am 3

    Hello, congrats on the progress. I couldn’t help but comment because I am sitting at work and waiting to go to the doc and have him cut my cast off. He told me to bring 2 shoes with me, so I am hoping he is taking a similar approach to your doc.

  4. k270on 23 Oct 2009 at 1:08 am 4

    Wow that’s awesome. I’m three weeks post-op myself. My doc said I’m close to walking. With my leg the way it is a walking boot is not an option. I’ll have a modified shoe with a raised heel, but at least I’ll be walking. That’ll probably be two weeks away. I have to ask. Did you have any fears of the tendon re-rupturing by walking so soon?

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