Things are coming along. To compare:
Today, just shy of 10 weeks post-op
Of all the things I’ve had to do to get this knee to flex again, this has to be the most difficult:
It’s part of about 90 minutes in what the physios at rehab call the torture chamber. When you arrive you’re given a set of exercises that target your problem. I’ve got about 10 different things to do in order to build up my quadriceps muscles and flex the knee, and could go into detail about each one, but that photo is all you need. It’s the worst.
The rope is appropriate, because it’s like self-flagellation. I flex it as far as the muscles will take it, then start pulling slowly on the rope until it hurts. Then I pull just a little bit more and hold it for 30 seconds. After about 15 seconds, you start to go a little numb in the head, but wake up again when it’s time to release it. Then the pain comes back double as you slowly let the foot down to the floor. Repeat six times, once a day.
Good news! I get to keep doing this. My rehab is going to be extended one week, after which I will have the opportunity to drop by the centre for a workout as often as I like. Physio should also continue twice a week after rehab finishes May 21st.