Sunday, July 18, 2010
I had my first PT after the tear of my quad muscle about 10 days ago. I have been given a list of only 4 exercises to do 15 reps x 2 and to do them twice a day. So far I have done those exercises only once a day as I am having a great difficulty moving the knee and have to grin and bear it. I spend a lot of time "thinking" about doing the exercises and have to really psych myself up to do them. So far I have found easing into those exercises by getting on my recumbent bike for 10 minutes to warm up and sometimes icing before doing the prescribed exercises is the only way to erase my "fear of discomfort." Yesterday I even had to take a pain pill before getting to the dreaded exercises.
I have had to take it slowly and change my exercises a bit so they are not so painful. I will be discussing the changes I had to make with my therapist when I see her again this coming week. In the meantime I am trying to go to the gym once a day to swim (aerobic water exercises) and ROM exercises in the whirlpool. I also am going to try walking to the end of the block and back and eventually around the block once a day.
As they say, baby steps....