Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Physical Therapy

Yesterday, I went to my surgeon for a follow-up visit. I wanted a smaller brace that would fit in my shoe and thus my stirrup. The one I bought at Amazon was not going to cut it.

As usual, the visit began with new x-rays.
One of the x-ray rooms at MTB&J

Then we sat in the room waiting for Dr. McCall.
Waiting for doctor

When he arrived, he said my thumb bone has completely healed. Yahoo!! My leg, however, is still in pieces. That's pretty normal at this stage.

He could see that my ROM wasn't very good. I have been walking and putting weight on the leg, but neglecting my ROM exercises. So he decided it was time to send me to Physical Therapy. He gave me a referral to a place in Cool Springs.

Dr. McCall remembered that I was planning to do the National Championships and scheduled my next surgery for after that.

My first physical therapy appointment this morning went well. The PT said I wasn't doing too badly. She took some measurements of my good leg and thumb and then checked how my bad limbs were doing. Something to work toward. Then she went through several exercises to show me how to stretch out the muscles and tendons. She wants to see me a couple times a week and wants me to do the exercises 1 or 2 times a day.

After I got home from work, I saddled Tanna up for a ride. I was able to trot some a decent amount. I did a couple of 5+ minute stretches of trotting at a medium speed! Did a total of 4.3 miles in an hour. Not quite endurance speed yet, but getting there. We did some hill work (such as we can do) and I felt he got a workout, too.

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