physical therapy - massaging the scars

January 3, 2012 |  Tagged |

First time the PT massaged the scars was today. Man that hurts. Like other people write, I know you understand. I just get blank looks from other people.


43 Comments so far

  1. kathyw on January 3, 2012 8:01 pm

    After my second knee surgery, I had a lot of scarring (both surgeries in the same place, on the same knee, 16″ incision). My PT gave me what she called a “scar sucker” (it was really the suction pieces from a snake bite kit) and had me use that at home to mobilize the scar tissue & break it up…not fun, but sometimes it’s better if it’s you causing the pain instead of the PT…you better know what you can tolerate, and can back off/go farther than your PT might.

  2. mljackson60 on January 3, 2012 8:41 pm

    thanks. I think the pain took me by surprise.

  3. ryanb on January 4, 2012 10:14 am

    FWIW, my PT often used a “scar sucker” too. It wasn’t exactly pleasant, but I imagine it was less painful than a pressure massage on the area would have been.

  4. luigi on January 4, 2012 11:45 am

    I must find a “scar sucker” Whats the point of massaging the scar area? I know where my tendon was fused together it almost feels like a ball but im only 3 weeks post op.

  5. kathyw on January 4, 2012 2:01 pm


    My PT sent me home with the Sawyer Professional Insect and Snake Bite Kit…I think you can find them on Amazon.

  6. kathyw on January 4, 2012 3:45 pm

    PS–you might want to check with your MD or PT though, before you start working on the scar–it might be a little soon for you to do that…

  7. rosethorn on January 4, 2012 9:43 pm

    I haven’t experienced actual scar massage yet; I’m only 4 weeks post-op but I have a lot of experience from scar tissue massage from two prior (non-op) ruptures.

    If you are familiar with the Graston Technique, you probably have mixed feelings about it like I do. In a complex scar tissue matrix, it hurts so much!

    I am reading that it has applications in scar therapy as well. Anyone have any experiences?

  8. mljackson60 on January 4, 2012 10:50 pm

    I’m not familiar with the Graston Technique. I’m not sure I want to know!
    Today was not as bad but I swam before PT.

  9. luigi on January 5, 2012 2:21 am

    Im almost 4 weeks post op. I have my next appointment Tuesday so I’ll find out then. I watched a video on youtube earlier tonight on the scar massage; I winced in pain.

  10. Mars on January 6, 2012 6:00 pm

    Hi Luigi,

    Mars in the UK here, i read your comments about the videos on youtube for massaging achilles tendon.. and after becoming intrigued i watched them… they brought a tear to my eye too! mind you i am only 9 days post op so i’ve got a way to go still NWB first check up on Monday.

  11. luigi on January 7, 2012 5:39 am


    I’m excited about my Week 4 Post-Op appt on Tuesday…im amazed at the difference from Week 1 to today. Ive been doing some small massaging around the scar & have begun some very gentle PWB.

    What scares me most is not using my ankle and putting all weight & pressure on my foot & aggravating a bunion that I have on the foot. I want to insure that I am strengthing my achilles/ankle by PWB otherwise im wasting my time.

    Also, i have been able to move/manipulate my calf muscles by concentrating & flexing with little to no ankle movement & I can see a huge difference in my calf muscle. The area where the achilles was sewn together feels like a tight little ball…i have a very small ROM & im hoping gentle massage may help that.

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