Today’s visit with my physical therapist, Leslie, was not as much work in-house as much as sharing with me new exercises to do at home. I’ve never been so busy with exercise since I used to be a gym rat from the early 80’s to the early 00’s!
Last week, my extension was at 11 and I managed to get another degree today, so I’m at 10 now. Everybody’s legs are different and mine were never at zero even before the knee replacement, so the goal for me is 8. I’m so close! Leslie measured my flexion and that’s at 115 now. Goal for me there is 130. That will come. I’m not really worried about the flexion. I’m still quite swollen and I can feel that the swelling is in the way of me bending my leg even more. I also think it’s contributing to me not getting more extension.
One more thing that I need to work on is my gait, which is still completely off. I really need to concentrate on walking with a more even pace. If I had a video of Leslie demonstrating how I walk when I’m not concentrating, I would be embarrassed to post it! 🙂
Yesterday I visited a massage therapist for the first time in years. He was amazing! He worked on my back and I’ve noticed a huge improvement there. Next week, he’ll work on my psoas muscle because it is so incredibly tight and it’s what’s making walking a chore.
Friday is my second post op with the surgeon where he will take xrays of my knee and see how I’m doing. I’ll be working hard until my next post, so I’ll be back in a few days!