28 Weeks 6 Days Post Op
It’s been awhile since my last post, as seems to be typical at this stage of recovery. I am now around 6.5 months post-op from the second surgery, and while I try to put this injury to the back of my mind, it still remains a top priority. I guess I just haven’t felt a need to post much lately as my recovery is still moving along slowly. The tendon is still a bit tender when it’s stretch to the extents and during some lateral movements, but it is better than the last time I posted. My calf is a bit stronger, but still far from normal.
I just started receiving the Graston massage treatment when I last posted . I ended up having a total of about eight Graston sessions. I noticed some improvements during the first three or four sessions, but then the results started to plateau. My PT decided to switch to ultrasound to help break down and even out the scar tissue. The ultrasound may be helping as my tendon feels a bit more pliable than it did a few weeks ago, although it’s difficult at this stage to determine how much of a factor time is to my healing.
In addition to the manual therapy, I continue to work on an endless array of exercises to improve my strength and balance. It feels like I could spend 2 hours at the gym and still not get through all the exercises. So, I do my best to attain a good, daily balance of strengthening, balance, and cardio exercises. I have recently advanced to some plyometric exercises which should help build some explosive power back into my leg.
I also started to ease back into running. Over the last couple of weeks I’ve progressed from two minute intervals of running up to about five minute intervals, with a couple minutes of walking in between the intervals. There is definitely a fair amount of fatigue in my leg, so I’m cautious not to progress to quickly.
While I occasionally get discouraged about my calf strength progress, I remind myself that my current recovery is a bit different than a standard ATR recovery. I went into the second surgery with a calf that was probably at half its normal strength, so I’m trying to overcome a fair amount of atrophy. My surgeon told me prior to surgery that it could take a year and a half to get back to full strength. If that’s the case, I can’t be too upset with my current status. Hopefully the tenderness will continue to subside and I’ll be able to get a bit more aggressive with the strengthening exercises.
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