Well, I survived my first PT appointment yesterday! My knee is extra sore and swollen since doing a bit too much this weekend but the therapist said overall that my range of motion and muscle strength is really not bad considering I just had surgery 2.5 weeks ago.
The worst thing I’m dealing with right now (that I mentioned in my last update) is the stiffness in my leg and knee. The first thing I did at my appointment was sit on the stationary bike and pedal back and forth to try to loosen up those muscles. At first I could hardly pedal but after going back and forth for about 10 minutes, I was able to make a full rotation.
I was expecting the appointment to be kind of like torture but the only part that ended up being bad was when she massaged my incision sites and moved my kneecap around. My knee is so sensitive to the touch right now, but she said she was breaking up any scar tissue and preventing adhesions from forming under my kneecap.
So there were some not-too-pleasant parts but overall I had a good visit. After being inactive for a while, it is nice to have something physical to work on where I can push myself a little bit. I have a new set of exercises to do and I’m really going to focus on icing this week to try to get some of this swelling to go down.
I’ll be doing 8 weeks of PT with 2 visits per week, so if things go well then I will be finishing up mid-May. I was just thinking about how awesome that would be if I could get somewhat back to normal by then to be able to enjoy outdoor activities again.
To celebrate the first day of spring and starting PT, I went to the local running store on Friday and got a new pair of tennis shoes. My old running shoes have since become my work shoes so I was thinking that I should probably get a second pair anyway. I’m obviously not going to be running anytime soon but I just wanted something bright and fun as I started PT and began increasing my activity.
I tried on some Mizunos, Brooks and Asics and ended up going with the Mizuno Wave Inspire 11. I have been a Brooks Adrenaline girl for the past 10 years but when I tried on the Mizunos, I knew they were the shoe I wanted to get. My feet just felt so good in them. Plus the sales associate was wearing them and he definitely sold them!
I tried them on in white and when I decided to go with them, the sales associate told me they came in pink. That pretty much sealed the deal.
So here I am with my new kicks, the sun is shining and I had a good PT appointment. Life and recovery are moving along pretty well and I can’t complain about much! Stay tuned for a Week 3 update on Friday. Have a nice day!