20 Weeks Post Op
It has now been 20 weeks since my second Achilles surgery. Progress is occurring, but it is slow. Definitely testing my patience. I’m still dealing with some discomfort at the distal end of the tendon and a bit of overall stiffness in the ankle which is probably a cause of the slow progress. I continue to work with a physical therapist about once a week and do plenty of daily exercises at the gym and in the pool.
I had a follow up appointment yesterday with my surgeon. It was a good chance to discuss my progress in person. Like my PT, the surgeon wasn’t too concerned about the discomfort/tenderness/pain as he felt everything looked like it was healing properly. He reiterated that my tendon has gone through a lot of trauma in the last two years, and it will likely just take some more time to feel more comfortable. While I understood his response and know that time is definitely a part of the healing process, I pressed him a little further to see if there wasn’t anything more I could do besides the PT exercises and playing the waiting game. After a bit more discussion he suggested trying the Graston technique of tissue massage to help break down some of the scar tissue.
I am somewhat familiar with the Graston technique from reading about the process following my first surgery, although I never pursued it further. I understand the technique can be a bit painful the first few times, but that’s not a concern if it helps my healing. I am definitely eager to give something else a try.
So, now I’m searching for a therapist who is qualified to administer the Graston technique. I will keep you posted on the results. Cheers!
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