Jun 24 2008

mbots

6 Months plus out? I would like to hear from you.

Posted at 9:22 am under Uncategorized

As I stated earlier, I am doing very well and progressing quickly.  I am now thinking about what to expect when I am 6-12 months out from surgery.  I would really like to play basketball again sometime around December or so, but my family thinks I’m a moron for even considering it again.  They tell me you aren’t 25 any more, you are 35.  Has anyone resumed their activity that they injured themselves in?  Were you scared to death at first?  What did you do to get ready for it?  Or, should I just hang up my basketball shoes for good?  I really appreciate hearing from anyone.

6 responses so far

6 Responses to “6 Months plus out? I would like to hear from you.”

  1. Chadon 24 Jun 2008 at 9:44 am 1

    Hi, I am around 4.5 months out, and have been release from therapy around three weeks ago. I have been working out, swimming and biking for awhile. I went jogging starting right after I was released from therapy and that was very stressful. I had to stop every five minutes well ok b/c I’m out of shape, but also b/c I was scared. I checked the tendon over and over again and feel it at work. Last week I started jumping rope which actually feels pretty good b/c it maxes out the stretch. Last weekend was my 35th birthday I am an avid, pretty good sand volleyball player, so I actually made an attempt on my birthday and played well. I was sore afterwards, but it seems more related to the other tendons doing work and scarring. I’m going to play another game on wednesday. I don’t check the blog very much, but I do try to look at progress and compare. Dennis has been jogging too it seems.

  2. craigon 24 Jun 2008 at 11:19 am 2

    mbots, I’m on the same schedule as you, and am contemplating many of the same questions. I have a good friend who is ~13 months from his ATR, so I’l give you some of the info he has provided me:

    Background: he was 37 when his ATR occured while playing softball. He had a fairly agressive recovery schedule (no cast, started PWB around 3-4 weeks). He played golf without a boot around 4 months, began jogging around 5-6 months, and played basketball around 7-8 months. He is playing softball again, jogging 3-5 times / week, and playing basketball 1-3 times / week. He still feels tightness in his achilles, and his bad calf is still a little weaker than his good one. He thinks that he will max at about 95% of his previous ROM, strength, and ability, but is for the most part as active as he used to be.

  3. mbotson 24 Jun 2008 at 12:45 pm 3

    Thanks for the responses so far. It looks like I am a little ahead of schedule. I am playing golf at 9 weeks without a boot. I think i’ll just stick to that for now and go to rehab and do what they tell me. I have one more doctor visit at 12 weeks and hope to see what he has to say. Maybe I can play basketball this winter. We’ll see.

  4. damacaron 24 Jun 2008 at 1:33 pm 4

    Hi. I’m at almost 8 weeks post op. I have to be active again. I’m 37 and was planning on being in high school shape by the end of the year. I’m still going to try. I’ll still work out hard like I was but the specific activity I was doing when I injured myself? I’ll never do again. I’m so glad to hear positive progression and results a few weeks ahead of me. We all have to be active again, right? If I was ok with being lazy, fat, and happy, I wouldn’t be in this situation. Hopefully i’ll learn somethings from this and move on. “Ain’t nothin gonna break my stride…” Ok, maybe one thing. LOL.

    damacar

  5. walshieon 24 Jun 2008 at 4:02 pm 5

    I dont like to use the words “quickly” or “rapidly” when referring to my rehabilitation.

    I consider it a process, one that I know will be full of good days and some not so good days. As long as protocol is followed and an honest and full effort is given to PT then that is all we can do, in my opinion.

    Steady as she goes. You’ll get where you’re supposed to be eventually.

  6. Matt D.on 05 Jul 2008 at 9:32 pm 6

    New to this ATR website and trying to get more info about recovery as I enter my 8th month since surgery back in Dec 07. Comeback has been slow, lot slower than I ever imagined. I did alot of biking for recovery and that seems to help quite bit. I was a big runner before my injury and the return to running has been slow and somewhat painful. Regaining the calf muslce strenght has been the biggest challenge. PT was good starting out but got staggnent. I stopped going about 2 mons ago and started my own at home PT. Progress has been good, but should have stayed with the program. Mornings and nights are the worse, still tight and the scar tissue is still holding back some flexibility. I’m up to about 5-7 solid miles running, and I’m attempting a 15K on the 13th of July (a goal from day one). Basketball is definitely on the horizon…I was worried about the tendon as well excersing, but had to stop thinking about it and kept pushing myself. Lots of self determination and mental will…the body will to the rest. Best of luck.

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