Things I've Tagged ‘Physical Therapy’

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Glass Has Liquid

It has been a fortnight since I last wrote. Seriously. I’ve been a busy, busy individual, but a happy one in many ways. I’m taking up the Healthy Challenge posed by a fellow author, swearing off the suds for 30 days beginning after the Cinco of Mayo festivities. For me this equates to beginning Saturday, so I’ll be a couple of days behind.

Secondly, I’ve been pushing my self directed rehab on my knee pretty intensely for the past couple of weeks; couple that with a healthier diet, and another workout that washed out but helped me get in a groove, and I’m getting into respectable shape again. Except the knee still hurts. Either way, the past two months have been me working out, eating better, and strengthening the leg, which has resulted in hitting sub 180 pounds for the first time since I initially injured my knee in 2008. Not that I put on a lot of weight, I just couldn’t do enough work rehabbing the knee to stay in shape.

I hadn’t heard of this position until very recently. It has been described as important. I believe the hype.

And finally, the one little bit that just has me in stitches. I’m running for a political position of sorts. A small, but relatively important one in terms of the power the position has in determining the composition of the party. I have decided to run for the Republican party Precinct Delegate in the third precinct of Benton Charter Township. I actually don’t know if what I’m doing is running for the office so to speak, but my name will be on the primary ballot on August 3rd for the position, so if you live in the third precinct, vote for me.

I’ve been interested in political matters for much of my life and it seems this is one of the best ways for me to get involved a little more seriously. I look forward to the primary, and hopefully the next two years of my life involved in politics.

Where Did I Go Wrong?

I went to my first official PT session this morning. This was at 7:00am, which two days prior would have been 6:00am. I felt tired, and not expecting much in terms of output, this worked out very well. I’m not much for mornings, but will certainly wake up if the situation requires it.

This particular morning, the alarm beeps (no longer blares, because I’m not allowed to use that alarm anymore), and I tap snooze for another ten minutes. And I tap it again. Man, I am way too beat to be up early, I think.

I proceed to eat a bowl of some delicious oatmeal and I’m ready to leave. I hop in my ride, to make a quick run. Ha.

Disclaimer: I kid of course. Seriously, Michelle, you’re always on time in my eyes.

Anyway, I pull into the lot only to see the building is empty and dark, at five till seven. How could I have done this to myself? I always insist on arriving early anywhere I go, though the wife tends to make that a tough proposition. But it puts me in these awkward spots where I look a little too eager when the therapist arrives.

Not that I’m not eager to solve my knee issues, but it’s physical therapy. It can be tedious and boring. And if done wrong, apparently, can lead to more issues.

Somewhere along the way I was unable to get my knee together. Strengthening wasn’t working, I hit a brick wall. My exercises didn’t feel like they were working. Maybe I’ve been screwing up this whole time? I don’t know. I’ve been working on this knee religiously, I just hope that something works. I hope that something will make it feel at least slightly normal again.

This has not been fun.

ACL Fail: Episode 302

It appears that my ACL adventure might not be over. For the past couple of months my knee has begun to loosen up, meaning that it felt as if the tibia was beginning to slip forward in more and more situations than I thought were appropriate for my level of rehabilitation.

This is not all that uncommon for someone that has gone through this surgery.

Now, at first I suspected this was because of a lack of muscle strength due in part to the patellar tendon pain I had been experiencing but as the months went on the movement was beginning to exhibit itself in day to day activities, and the pain has really only increased as a result.

I thought perhaps I was worrying myself over nothing, I do this often relating to issues like this, but in this case perhaps they were relatively well founded.

I went to my orthopedic surgeon a few days ago and he confirmed my self diagnosis: the knee was indeed a bit loose. The anterior drawer and lachman tests turned up positive, however he could not produce a positive pivot shift which gave him, and by extension me, a little hope that this is all salvageable.

He has prescribed a six week course of physical therapy in an effort strengthen the surround muscles in the hopes that this will solve my issue.

Here’s seriously hoping this is the case. I don’t particularly want to experience this again.

One Month Out and Counting

Ah, the fresh feeling of a scoped (to the extreme as I found out) knee, and a “brand new” ACL. Actually it’s all very stiff, uncomfortable, slightly swollen, and weak—but getting better as I say to anyone who asks.

It does feel as if it’s getting better, and we’ve moved beyond simple exercises in physical therapy, but five to eight more months of this will be rough.

I found out yesterday how much meniscus was shaved—and it is an unfortunate amount from what he described. I don’t remember the lateral or medial designations, but one side had 50% removed and the other 35%, “in an important area.” So I’m thinking that this is the end of any real serious athletic activities. I’m not even sure if I’ll get a chance to return to recreational soccer. I mean, that was the point of the surgery for me, since I had no real instability in my day to day activities.

That was a bit of a morale blow, to say the least, but I’m not sure if the activities are done for good, just probably a heck of a lot sooner than with a healthy knee.

Other than that, the doctor said he’s “pleasantly surprised” by my progress, assuming that perhaps I wouldn’t be moving along this quickly because of the cartilage issues? I dont know. The knee really does feel good, just stiff at times.

Anyway, I’m out of the knee immobilizer and walking around fairly well. It can get a little tough when I’ve been sitting around for a while, simply because it gets stiff and the swelling probably increases a bit.

To get myself out of that brace, though, I had to pass a few balance tests. I had to be able to balance on one leg for twenty seconds without touching down or grabbing anything, and I had to do that three times. I passed that pretty easily, thank god. Then I had to do the same thing, but pass a light weight medicine ball around my body twenty times in two directions while balancing. Not too difficult, and probably easier on the affected leg because of increased concentration. Then I had to balance and move my head to look up, down, left, and right five times.

I passed those tests and now I get to move on to more challenging PT exercises. So far so good.

ACL: Week 2

It’s been a little over a week since I had reconstruction surgery. That was a rough and painful first week.

This week I’ve returned to work, and generally my leg feels like it is getting better and stronger. The more I do with it, as far as exercise and movement go, the more it feels like it is improving.

I was allowed to bare as much weight on the repaired knee as I could handle with a knee immobilizer on the day of the surgery and after a week I feel pretty comfortable doing so without crutches. Shh, don’t tell the doctor, but I’ve also tried walking without the immobilizer—in that case, though I use both crutches and put just a little weight on it.

I can’t wait to get the staples out, and that’ll take place this week, meaning I will get to do some more serious exercises in physical therapy. Can’t wait.

Physical Therapy

What’s frustrating me so far is that I really can’t straighten my leg. I think it gets to somewhere like 18 degrees unsupported; this also means that standing up on it is weird because it won’t quite straighten out. Plus it’s still swollen and a little weird looking. It needs a good washing. As far as bending it goes, I’m pretty much visually at 90 degrees, but it’s stiff I can’t go any further even using a belt on my foot.

Most of my exercises have been really, really monotonous. I’m used to working out, using some pretty heavy weight for leg presses and squats and such, so doing calisthenics is a bit of an adjustment. I definitely won’t be going back to heavy weight anytime soon, so I better get used to this for now.

Gotta get those quads firing. But that’s tough.