I conservatively estimate that I have been to 120 physical therapy sessions over the past 4 years. That is 4 surgeries, at 12 weeks of PT each, at an average of 2.5 sessions per week. So very thankful for good insurance! Last April I had my final surgery and am now on the countdown to finishing my physical therapy. Over the years I have heard people complain about how much they disliked physical therapy, how it hurts and how some even quit before they finish their program. I have to admit that there can be pain involved and sometimes it is not very convenient to take time away from work to attend the sessions. However, I have been very fortunate to have great physical therapists who talk me through the exercises and encourage me to keep pushing through any pain I am feeling. I definitely see the benefits and the progression (albeit slow) it has made in my recovery.
Christy has been my lead physical therapist through both of my knee replacements. After my first knee surgery, we spent three months talking about the upcoming birth of my first grandchild. This past three months we have been talking about the birth of her first baby.
I not sure she will be around for my final two weeks! Warning, my matching scars are showing in this next pic of me working on the leg press machine.
Like my first knee replacement, I am struggling with getting full range of motion in my new knee. One of the
tortures stretches I must complete involves the PT pushing my knee to help it bend more. This is NOT my favorite exercise.
I still have hard work in front of me to meet my long term goals, but thanks to Dr. L and my very patient physical therapists(Christy and Lisa) my life has changed dramatically in the last four years. I can walk around the grocery store and go to the mall without giving it a second thought. I can walk around our neighborhood or local park for 30 minutes and have plans to walk a 5K next spring for the Arthritis Foundation. Life is good and getting better each day!