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THE IMPORTANCE OF A SELF-MAINTENANCE ROUTINE
RECOVERY JOURNEY

 

My first experience in physical therapy was in high school as a patient. Over the 17 year span I’ve watched the profession evolve in some really cool ways, empowering the patients to become more involved in their rehab and body maintenance, as well as, less dependent on their physical therapist.

 

This week I wanted to share a friend's rehab journey after she had a plate put in her lower leg from a fracture while climbing. She is a good example of how function can be taken to the next level when taught the right self care techniques to work on in between physical therapy sessions.

 

My hope is that if you are struggling with recovery, or know someone who is, you will challenge your rehab team to give you more to do.They may say you’re not ready, which could be true, but they also may give you more!

 

"This week I wanted to share a friend's rehab journey after she had a plate put in her lower leg"

 

Two months after the surgery my friend’s ankle was healing really well. The bone was healed. The soft tissue was still healing so she was in a boot and using a crutch to ease back into walking.

 

She was feeling pretty frustrated with the slow return to function, which is common during that phase of just waiting for the bone to heal. The day I saw her was the day her surgeon said the bone was healed, so I started to assess her joint movement and try out some treatment. Whatever helped, I taught her how to work on it herself via certain exercises.

 

"She was feeling pretty frustrated with the slow return to function..."

 

***Click the image below for self-care exercises. Please check with your rehab team prior to doing these if you’re post op to make sure they are appropriate for you.

 
 

After just one session of getting her joints to move better she had:

  • More confidence in her leg
  • Better range of motion of her foot, ankle and toes
  • Better muscle activation
  • Improved circulation

I’d call that success! Everyone’s rehab journey is different, but I just hope wherever you are, you please challenge us [aka your rehab team] with questions!

 

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Dr. Missy

 

 
 

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