Prior to today, the longest therapy session has been 3.5 hrs, which I’ve had several times. Today’s session was 3.75 hrs.
Normally, I would start my sessions with an anodyne and heat treatment to loosen and prepare the tissues for what was to follow. But lately, because of the intensity of my therapy, Jason has suspended those treatments, so as to allow more time for a lot more PROM (passive range of motion) exercises.
While I was doing some of my exercises today, I noticed a woman who had great range of motion. She was doing things that I haven’t even tried yet (advanced movements). I told her that she was doing very well, and I asked her how long it has been since her surgery. She said, “November the 7th. She is 2.5 months into her recovery. I am 4.5 months into my recovery (August 30th surgery), and she will be through with her therapy before me.
I asked her how it was that she has come along so fast. She told me that it was because she was “hard headed.” By this she meant that she had a lot of determination, and that she wasn’t going to be slowed down because of an operation. I told her that I have a lot of determination and have worked very hard to try to succeed in my recovery too, but that determination hasn’t won the day for me. At that, we agreed that we’re all different, and our bodies don’t all heal the same. Her therapist overheard our conversation and said that this woman is the exception to the rule, and that I was closer to the norm.
I’ve seen a lot of people come and go since I’ve been going to therapy. A while back, I put up a post comparing rotator cuff surgery to a marathon. It appears that if this is a marathon, then I’m running in the back of the pack, because some of the other runners have already finished and have headed to the showers.
Today, Jason started off by telling me that he had something for me. He is suggesting that I buy or rent a medical device that I will use at home that will put me into my stretches and hold me there for a sustained period of time. He told me that I am “tight,” and that he can stretch me and get me where I need to be, but a half hour later my muscles, tendons, and sinews contract to where they were. He said the device would help me, because it would “hold” the stretch and let everything re-calibrate to the stretched position. I would use it 2 – 3 times a day. It would sort of ratchet up, and as my muscles stretched, I could ratchet it up some more and hold it there (kind of like the old medieval rack only for shoulder surgery rehab). If my insurance covers such a device, this could be the next phase of treatment to help me get my range of motion back.
Today’s therapy might have been the most intense session to date. Jason is trying everything he has to get me to loosen up.