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week 7 update: first PT appointment

June 24th, 2015 · 1 Comment

There was a cancellation at the physical therapy clinic, so they were nice enough to squeeze me in for my first appointment, 7 weeks post-op. There seems to be a lot of mysterious “cancellations” when you’re recovering from surgery and the nurse calls on your behalf. I suppose that makes sense.

The first thing my therapist did was have me raise my leg from a seated position, and demonstrate “toes up, toes down” range of motion. It was the first time since my injury that I tried to do this, so the foot was non-responsive and quivering as long-neglected neurons shook off the rust. After ten minutes or so, I was able to demonstrate ~10 degs of ROM. The calf twitched / pulsed for the first time in nearly two months, and I quickly regained more stable control of my foot. He prescribed the usual exercises until I see him again on Friday - writing the alphabet, picking up marbles, flexing my arch, light self-massage, etc..

At week 4, my surgical wound was deeply scabbed, so I’m roughly 2 weeks behind where most people are at week 7. Of course I wish I was 2-shoes now, but patience is a virtue when avoiding re-rupture is priority #1.

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