Nov 14 – physical therapy

Physical therapy for my Achilles tendon rupture couldn’t come fast enough. I know this would probably be the most difficult part of my recovery, even more difficult than the surgery. I’m not a very patient person. When I want to get things done, I want it done in the fastest and efficient way as possible. This is the exact opposite. Achilles tendon rehab is going to be a long and will require a lot of patience as it heals extremely slow. Slow than bone and muscle.

I was a bit nervous at first but the people at this clinic made it very easy to get acclimated. People were very friendly and every chatted with each other. People of all walks of life were here. You see high school athletes who had an injury playing pep sports to the retired fireman who tore an ACL while mountain biking. Everyone had their war story and how they get there.

I worked with Stephen, an intern who graduated from USC, and was toward the end of his 3 month turn. Stephen was very attentive and worked with a seasoned PT to ensure I was on the right track. As I just had the stitches taken out, there was very little I could do in terms of exercise and how they could work on me. The did spend a lot of time deep tissue massage my calf as it was in pain. They used a scraping tool to help the scar tissue. I believe it is the Graston technique. They scrap the tissue to help the soft tissue align. It also helps with increased blood flow and helps alleviate swelling.

They measured how far back I could pull back my toe without discomfort and measured it for record. There were very little exercise I could do. As for actual exercise, I were to move my toes to stimulate blood flow and push my foot against the boot or the arm of my sofa. That’s it. My physical therapy indicated that the following week I can try some band exercises.

After I was done, I iced my foot and hobbled back on my iWalk2.0.

This will be a long journey.