Tomorrow will be four weeks since my ankle surgery. On one hand it seems like forever and on the other it has gone pretty quickly. I had a modified Brostrom and some bone cut off and peroneal tendon repair.
What is PT like? How often did everyone go and for how many weeks? Is it painful? How quickly should I expect to progress?
My doctor says I can count on being able to do spring snow skiing without a problem. Is that realistic?
My PT was great. It started off with soaks in hot water with electric stimulation (an unlikely combination, I know!). That was fine, just wet and sort of an electric buzzing sensation. Then they'd do ultrasound, where they just move this wand around over the area. Then they'd do massage to help with the swelling. Then some stretching. Really, it wasn't too bad. The stretching was hard and kind of hurt a bit, but nothing really really hurt. I started with really easy exercises with the therapist providing resistance. Then I progressed to the bike and doing other range of motion and strength exercises. I think I went three times a week. I don't remember how long I went. Maybe two months?
As for activity... I had my surgery in the middle of March. In the beginning of July I was helping people move. It was sore by the end of the day and I was a bit tentative with it, but I was getting around fine. Now I am completely healed and could go do anything I wanted. Just let your pain be your guide and be patient. Good luck.
I started off pretty slow also.. I think i started PT about 7 weeks after my surgery. I just sis slow stretching, heat, and ultrasound for a while, then worked up to more motion, and eventually strength and agility.. I think I was in for a total of almost 4 months... I stopped when I went back to school at the beginning of sept. It was def. worth it... I never knew how hard to push myself. Good luck!