Amy Thomas, LMBT, CNMT     912.617.0065

Sunday, February 10, 2013

So far, so good!

In my last blog post, I wrote about having to start practicing what I've been preaching to my own patients about recovery. As I sit here on the couch typing this post with an ice pack resting on my knee, I'm happy to report that so far I'm doing a good job!

I had a lateral release done on my left knee this past Tuesday (5 days ago) and started therapy the very next day. Therapy consisted of electric stim, and leg raises. Seems pretty basic but I currently have a very weak quad muscle on the left so it was actually a lot of work! I was down to one crutch by then & was pleasantly surprised with the amount of weight I could already bear on that leg. Therapy was followed by laser therapy in my own office, an acupuncture session & then it was back home to rest & ice, ice, ice! Thursday morning consisted of more leg raises & more icing to help reduce swelling. I also ditched the crutch as it felt good to walk without it. Friday was more exciting because first, I was able to remove the straight brace I'd been in & change the dressing on my stitches and second, because I was able to bend my knee. After more exercises, more laser therapy & more Acupuncture it was back to bed for more time with the ice pack. I have to say that I've probably watched every show on HGTV now!

I've started my Saturday & Sunday mornings this weekend with my exercises at home & have spent lots of time on the couch icing and applying electric stim to my knee. I think it looks really good, the swelling has already gone down a lot and the leg raises are getting easier. It's definitely been nice to spend more time out of the leg brace! The hardest thing so far has been sitting still & slowing myself down. At this point I'm super thankful that I've 'tortured' myself with CrossFit & am in the shape I am. I've been extremely grateful for my upper body and leg (the good one) strength since the surgery. I certainly attribute it to my progress thus far!

Tomorrow begins more therapy, and more work on my part at getting better. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I'll get the go ahead to get back to the gym by the end of the week. I'm actually excited about working on my upper body because I've seen the benefit of having that strength over the last few days. My necklace, in the photo, has been a staple in my wardrobe
So far. I'm wearing it as a reminder that I'll be stronger soon!


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