Wednesday, March 20, 2013
I had my first day of physical therapy yesterday. My therapist started off by explaining that therapy for the rotator cuff is divided into phases. I am beginning phase one which is the passive phase. He handed me a printout to look over which listed my "at home" exercises as well as a few "tips to help you get started". In phase one, the therapist does all the moving of you relaxed arm. My follow up "at home" exercises are mainly stretches along with squeezing a ball. I thought to myself, "Okay, not a problem, I should be able to do this."
As we started the therapy, my therapist casually asked me if I had taken my pain medication. I had taken it so it shouldn't be a problem, right? Yikes! Now I know why my doctor gave me pain pills! Not only was my shoulder sore during the therapy, it was sore for hours afterward! Okay, time to do some serious pre-planning!
Tactic #1 For therapy days
Take pill one hour before therapy
Eat sparingly before therapy
Have a snack or meal an hour after therapy is over (or when nausea subsides)
Take additional pain medication before pain is out of control
Tactic #2 For non therapy days
Do loosening exercises after you shower and dress
Eat breakfast and relax
Begin exercises at least an hour after eating
Ice shoulder after exercises
Rest after exercises and determine if pain pill is needed
I have therapy both Thursday and Friday. I'm not sure how that will play out. I will use better pain control earlier in the day and during the afternoon so avoid letting the pain get out of control at night. The pain will not control me, I will control it! Physical therapy will not kick my butt! I have a plan and I will not be derailed!