Had my first two physical therapy visits and man oh man, it’s a whole different ball game after surgery. When I attended PT for my first two ATRs, I was in constant pain– like 8 out of 10 every hour of every day and I’m still not even sure how I went through seven months like that. Now I’m at an intermittent 3-4, making me able to do so much already.
My physical therapist has been massaging my leg, both with a grastining tool and his hands and it feels so good! There were times before where I was wincing through the pain, hoping it would do some good. It’s great too to see how well my scar is healing, complications and all.
I also tried my first session of acupuncture, for general imbalance, pain due to compensation and astronomical stress factors. It was ethereal! I would encourage anyone who is dealing with an ATR to try some acupuncture; it really takes the edge off. Not only did I have a positive experience, but the clinic I went to was so insistent upon bringing me back for regular treatment that they’re helping me pay. It’s nice to be helped through this process and to feel some real hope.