Looking back on it, I probably should have started this blog as soon as I started physical therapy. I was scheduled for 12 sessions at 2 sessions per week and I will be attending my 12th session this Tuesday. I will probably get a few more sessions added on after that. So for those of you who are interested here is a brief recap, to the best of my memory and notes, of what I did through my first11 sessions. As the sessions progressed, more exercises were added and while exercises introduced earlier were continued. I am only mentioning the exercises added or significant changes within an exercise with each new session.
Session 1: Setting goals, measuring flexion angles, introducing flexion exercises. I was told to do the flexion exercises 3 times per day and ice for 10 minutes 3 times per day.
Session 2: Start using yellow (lightest tension) Thera-Band, marble pickup with toes exercise. Proprioception exercises with wobble board.
Session 3: Start using hip flexion/abduction/leg curl machine Pull towel on floor with 1 pound weight using toes. Cleared to do upper body/core weight lifting at home as well as leg extensions on a machine.
Session 4: Start Leg press machine.
Session 5: Partial weight bearing with shoes and 2 crutches. Start calf raises with leg press machine at minimum weight. Start using red Thera-Band.
Session 6: Partial weight bearing with shoes and 1 crutch. Increase weight on leg press/calf raises.
Session 7: Gently pulling back on foot with a towel. Balance exercises using parallel bars. Increase weight on leg press/calf raises. Start using green Thera-Band
Session 8: Start walking with 2 shoes, no crutches.
Session 9: More walking with 2 shoes, no crutches. Side stepping using parallel bars for support. Start using blue Thera-Band.
Session 10: New balance exercises added using steps and rocker board. Increases in weight for leg press/calf raises. More walking in 2 shoes. Side stepping without parallel bars.
Session 11: Much more weight added to leg press/calf raises. Walking backwards on treadmill. Cleared to practice walking at home with 2 shoes and 1 crutch.