Apr 12 2011

Moostax

It’s about time I posted……

Posted at 10:41 am under Uncategorized

I seem to be taking the standard path of recovery for AT Blog members, as we heal and the demands of life and work return to normal we loose contact with the blog and the post updates grow longer.
So, some 10 weeks since my last entry here is the current state of play.
I finally got off “the plateau” from my last post about 4 weeks ago when I noticed the limp was almost gone and started to wake up in the morning and not think about my AT.
My PT sessions ended about 5 weeks ago when we got to the point of just doing strengthening exercises that could easily be carried out at my own gym, so on early Monday morning I packed my bag W(Which I never thought I would do again some 20 weeks ago!) and tentatively set off a pre work gym session.
Thankfully, the initial and subsequent sessions went OK with no complaints from the AT, although over the last two weeks I have stepped up a level that caused my AT to let me know it is still there and maybe back off a bit. Again from reading other blogs, I took the advice given and listened to my AT so hopefully did not do too much, if any damage.
One thing I notice though, I can put in some good sessions on the bike, rowing machine and treadmill (walking, not running) kit with no issues but when I try cross trainer my AT is letting me know within a few 100M has any body else experienced pain or over stretching on a cross trainer?
Funnily enough, one of the big issues I seem to have now is not with my AT but with the core muscles in my lower back. I don’t know If they have been weakened by inactivity during the NWB or PWB periods of recovery or if they have been over strained by compensating for the limp recovery period but by the end of the day I have a lot of pain in the lower back (Left side same as AT rupture). Has anyone had a similar experience? I’m going to start some core work tomorrow at the gym to see if the situation improves and hopefully doesn’t make things worse.
I saw my consultant last Friday 21 weeks post op and he was pleased with the recovery to date, the illusive single heal raise is still not there yet but again he did not seem concerned at this stage and suggested I see him again in six months to hopefully to be signed off.
So that’s about it, I will try to keep the posts more up to date than of late although I still visit the site every few days to keep track of everyone’s recovery.
Again, to those of you new to this world and maybe in the darker times; it does get better.
I feel I am 90% back to normal now but in the low times I thought I would never be at the gym or playing softball on the beach with the kids 20 weeks later, so I guess time is the great healer (as well as some PT and a good protocol -thanks Norm!).
Take care, stay positive & keep healing,
Mark.

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One Response to “It’s about time I posted……”

  1. normofthenorthon 12 Apr 2011 at 1:16 pm 1

    Moostax, thanks for the thanks. Your lower-back pain may be partly from your general inactivity, but I doubt that it’s more directly ATR-related than that. I and many of my friends have gotten “magic” relief from lower-back pain with supportive back belts. They’re usually made of Spandex and Velcro, often with some vertical “stays” or “battens”, and often with suspenders (which most people don’t need). Usually $20-$30 at drugstores and sporting-goods and some gen’l-merchandise stores.

    My faves have a 2-stage tension system: You first wrap the basic belt around your middle, reasonably snug and tensioned. Then you reach back for the two Spandex “wings” and pull/stretch them forward, and nail their Velcro down to the basic belt, near your belly button. You’re basically getting a big strong “hug” from the thing, which is not unlike a narrow girdle.

    Most lower-back aches are mostly caused and prolonged by muscle spasms, and were partly “designed” to help protect us from Sabertooth Tiger attacks and spear points. These days, that reflex is way more pain than it’s worth. The big strong “hug” from the belt basically gives our core muscles permission to relax. Muscle-relaxing drugs (Robaxacet, Robaxasal, etc.) have a similar effect, though I prefer the belt.

    Some professionals are concerned that a belt will promote core weakness instead of strength. I think you want to stop the spasms today, and do strength-building exercises when you’re not suffering. Also, if I wore the belt more often than when I ski and maybe another day or two per year, I might worry more about muscle atrophy. (In theory, having our core muscles firing constantly in painful spasm should be building their strength, but I think it’s lousy therapy.)

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