Physical Therapy: Day 2


Just got back from physical therapy. Today was much harder than yesterday. I think two days in a row about did me in. 

I'm very surprised by this group of physical therapists. Because they are doing things totally different than the ones I saw after the first surgery on my ankle.

The first ones weren't very hands on. They mainly just put me on machines, one of which caused a stress fracture. Thus six weeks in a cast and back on a scooter. 

This group manually manipulates my foot and ankle, and has me do all sorts of stretching with bands and such. The only machine I use is the bicycle, and they tell me to just go as slow as I want. Today I did it without the boot. Wasn't bad. 


They do ice compression and then ultrasound at the end. So I am there an hour to an hour and a half. 

I asked two physical therapists what they thought my odds are. They were reluctant to give me a lot of hope. They said I've had two surgeries and now lots of arthritis in the area. 

Ultimately, they said they thought I would get somewhat better. But not to assume I'd be able to walk without pain, at least not all of the time. 

They said their hope was to make things better. Quality of life better. But I'm not a youngster anymore. So the tread on my tires is considerable.

I guess my conservative hope is that the pain won't be so bad. And that I can walk more. My ultimate hope is that I won't have to wear the boot. But the jury is out on that one. 

Sometimes you can have hope and be positive. But still be able and willing to accept what limitations you may end up with. And then move on, and live life the best you can. While being thankful for what you do have.


30 comments

  1. You have an amazing attitude Brenda, they say that counts for so much! Praying that the therapy helps and minimizes the pain.

    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  2. I have a chronic shoulder injury and have done tons of physical therapy. It sounds like you are in good hands. I still have pain, but I've learned to manage it and I know that for me even small improvements made a huge difference, and I hope they will for you, too:)

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  3. I'm sorry you have to endure PT and the 'boot'. You have a great attitude about it, Brenda. Keep working hard and your work will pay off.

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  4. Your attitude is the best! Hoping your therapy can get you to wear you can drive and walk without the boot. I know the neck pain I have from surgery is better, but it makes a huge difference because before was much worse! any improvement is better than now. Wishing you a nice Thanksgiving Brenda!

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  5. hallo, brenda, danke für die inspirationen!!! liebe grüße von angie

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  6. Keep up the good work! Hoping and praying for the best possible outcome for you!

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  7. I want to encourage you that things could possibly get better than they believe. My yoga teacher was in a terrible accident after which they said she'd never be able to walk normally again. She began yoga and is in better shape now then she's ever been -- and she's 66 yr old. Because of a back injury and chronic pain for about 2.5 yr, I haven't been able to take yoga ---- not YET. But I'm hopeful; about a month ago, I began with 5-10 min of very slow easy stretches (like I'm 80 yr old, said my therapist). And I've had no pain from doing this. So I am hopeful that in another year, I may actually progress to an easy class. Yoga is so beneficial.

    So stay positive like you are and keep looking forward!

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  8. Sorry to hear such bad odds being in your favor, but never say never! There have been plenty of surprises in peoples lives that the doctors didn't get right. Maybe you're one of them. I believe in those possibilities. Sounds like you're seeing a better physical therapist this time. Do you take any meds to help with inflammation too?

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  9. My surgeon told me that I would always walk with a limp, but he was wrong. The only time I limp now is if I've been on my feet too much and the weather is changing. I can usually tell when it's going to rain! He also said I'd have back problems from walking off-kelter like I did before I learned to walk with an ankle that didn't bend like it did before it was broken, and he was right about that but I have to say if I do my exercises the chiropractor told me to do that my back doesn't bother me so much. I just want to encourage you to hang in there! It takes time. I like your attitude about thinking positive and having hope and that is a big plus. I'd about given up on ever walking normal but it happened! And the pain did subside, except for those times like I just mentioned. Sorry if I've repeated myself, I know I've talked about this before. But I just wanted to tell you that there is hope! Take care and have a nice week!

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  10. It does sound as if this group is much better !

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  11. You have the right attitude and often thats what makes all the difference in healing.
    I too hope your pain will be minimal and you can walk freely...

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  12. I have had good physical therapists and bad ones. The group I had after both of my knee surgeries was great. They now want to send me for my shoulder, but I have to go somewhere new and I dread it. I am glad to hear that you are getting good treatment. Do everything they tell you to at home. It really does help the process xo Laura

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  13. I'm so glad that you have some therapists who are hands on and really seem to be paying attention to your unique situation. It sounds like you have a good outlook. Yes, the key is to continue to work at it, to not give up. My husband still does stretching exercises he learned years ago from physical therapists for his back problems, and it's the reason he can keep moving so well.

    (I saw some painted jars like yours in a store recently at some ridiculous price, and they were not a tenth as well done as yours. They were streaky and messy looking. Yours looks so nice.)

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  14. You are definitely doing YOUR part, so hang in there. Hopefully, the positive results will show up soon!

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  15. I am keeping my fingers crossed that all this hard work will pay off for you. Great attitude.

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  16. Hoping the therapy will cause improvement and less pain for you, my friend.

    Mary

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  17. I love where I go for therapy. I have been there several times before. The staff is much smaller this time around. I had to go someplace different a couple years back. They stuck me on the machines and were so busy flirting with each other.
    I hope it helps you. Maybe they can't give you guarantee. I think it will be much better this time around.
    Happy Thanksgiving.

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  18. PT is not fun, but it is the necessary evil. Happy hump day. I am keeping the glass half full for you. It is nice to think positive, but it also hard at times to keep that positivity up. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  19. Oh Brenda, I'm so sorry to hear about this news. I will keep my fingers and toes crossed that PT will help you. Big hugs and Happy Thanksgiving!

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  20. I really hope you amaze those PT's!! You never know. But it's also smart to be thankful for what you have, you're wiser than most.

    Jane xx

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  21. PS Brenda I leave comments regularly and they rarely post. I do try. I enjoy your blog very much.

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  22. Shucks, my other one did not post as I thought. Get better soon!

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  23. This group DOES sound much better. I also think the fact that they are being cautious with what they say will be the out come, sounds like they are more experienced. But, my I was given a more bleak prognosis on my Mom than the final outcome has been. Some said she'd never be out of a wheelchair and other's said she would be on a walker. Neither is true. Her balance will always be an issue and she has to wear molded braces, but she can walk with a cane (very slowly) and doesn't have daily pain. I am hoping you can at least get out of that boot for good and have minimal pain to no pain.

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  24. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Will you and Judy get together?

    This group sounds better in that they are more hands-on. I don't like it when they assign you to machines to do the work - that sounds like a lazy group that is just there to collect their pay. Hang in there; the worst part of any surgery is the healing part.

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  25. These PTs sound better than the ones at your first place. I'm a PT pro, lol - I've been over the years for my broken ankle, herniated disks in my back, rotator cuff tear, and now with the lymphedema in my arm. Yes, PT is a lot of work and it is very tiring, but it is so worth it in the long run, so hang in there!

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  26. Hoping for the best recovery possible for you. As we age we all get aches and pains, and limitations that we have to learn to live with. I think, though, that you will be much better off than before. Keep up with the physical therapy, Ibuprofen is good for discomfort. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  27. Great positive attitude Brenda! That's half the battle right there. Prayers and good thoughts to you that everything will turn out best case scenario. Happy Thanksgiving dear Lady.

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  28. I admire your positive attitude, Brenda!

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  29. I'm sure that the more natural aproach of these therapists will make wonder. Good luck for the next session.

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