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Physical Therapy Will Not Kick My Butt!

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!
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    I started PT for my rotator cuffs (left at least 75% worse than the rt. ) a week ago so I definitely feel your pain. Can I just Yell OUCH!! They did not start me out in phases. Started the stretching (passive after my doing the stretching) on the first visit, then on Monday I was given instructions to do them twice a day (therapy session counts as one). I am so anxious to get back into swimming (doc said not to right now) and biking (shoulders really hurt from the absorption of the bumps in the road) but I don't want to cause a tear. Started walking. Shoulder still hurt not matter what exercise but at least I'm moving.
    1827 days ago
    You will do it
    1827 days ago
    1828 days ago
    The plan has worked well for two days so far!
    1828 days ago
    Sounds like your plan will give you lots of control over the pain - good for you!
    1829 days ago
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    1829 days ago
    I agree with Maureen. Your commitment and determination will enable you to progress as quickly as possible. Your organization skills and planning again will help you. Sorry you are having to go through so much pain, but I'm thinking there will come a time when you will be proud you've done it and live in a body that is much more functional and pain-free. Go, Cyndi!!
    1829 days ago
    I survived pt for shoulder surgery! The hardest, longest pt I've ever done. Your commitment and determination will help you to progress quickly. You can do it!
    1829 days ago
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