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The Process Of Entering Phase II Of Physical Therapy

Saturday, April 06, 2013

My physical therapist has added 5 new "at home" phase II exercises. I am now allowed to drive as long as I put my arm back into the sling as soon as I step outside the of the car. At home I am allowed to go without the sling but my arm gets tired if I don't rest it on something. I also have to put on the sling as soon as I step out of the house (unless I'm driving).

The new exercises are presenting a challenge. After two days of doing "gentle" exercises on the pulley, a gadget that I purchased from the therapy practice, I now know why you have to ease into phase II exercises. The exercises have to be well spaced over the day. I've allowed 5+ hours between 3 sessions. Even with the time spacing between the exercises, my arm tires more quickly as the day wears on. Add to that the fact that I go "sling less" at home and I have ended up with some muscle spasms. It is entertaining to watch the muscles jump around from my shoulder down to my wrist. When I can't stand it any longer I apply ice packs, take a prescription to stop the spasms and do my meditation CD. Problem solved! I think there should be other things that I can do for entertainment too!

Even though I have only been doing the exercises for 2 days, I can already see improvement in my range of motion. I have less pain and improved strength, which is exciting. My arm/shoulder are stiff but the that is entirely different from the pain that I experienced before my surgery. I am eager to hear what the doctor will say at my next appointment. That appointment will be 5 weeks post-op, on April 15. I know that getting back to regular workouts will take 3-6 months from the date of my surgery but the rehabilitation process will help me strengthen all my muscles so that I may prevent further arm injuries in the future.
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