Part #6 of Red E Trainer Tegan’s knee reconstruction and rehabilitation, which she is documenting for everyone to read!
The 24th August, 2012 marked twelve weeks since my op! Progress has been much slower than I expected, however the last week it has started to speed up a little.
At the eight week mark, I went back to Adelaide to see my surgeon and his physiotherapist. My surgeon was really happy with the result and was confident that it had healed and strong enough to start physio without risk of tearing the new ACL…
…Apparently the physio was also extremely confident that my knee would not break…. he tried his absolute hardest!!!
So my very first physio appointment began with him grabbing on to my knee cap and trying to push and pull it from side to side, then up and down….. yuck and ouch!! This was now something I have to do to myself daily until my knee cap loosens up and begins to slide like a normal knee. It is starting to free up a bit more now. Then the range of motion exercises began… I had 3 physio sessions in Adelaide and each one was more painful than the next!!
So since returning to Mackay I’ve been at the pool everyday doing my hydrotherapy and seeing a local physio which has been great. This is the first ACL reconstruction of this kind that the physios here has seen – but they’ve been excellent!!
My current range of motion is from about 95 degrees to 35 degrees which is a good 10 degrees improvement in 7 days!!
I’m hoping with a lot of hard work I should be close to straight or at least walking better by the time I see my surgeon again in Adelaide in four weeks!
(Tegan – Friday 25th August, 2012)
Will do anything to get this leg straight!!! Telephone Books and Milk Cartons have never had a better use!