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Unread 08-09-2010, 07:59 PM
Physical Therapy... Interesting

I'm 4 weeks post-op and had my first physical therapy session today. She did a short evaluation and then some massaging around my 6"incision. I heard some crackling (only way I know how to describe it) and she said that was the scar tissue breaking up. Interesting!!! It hurt a bit, but not too uncomfortable. I took a motrin about an hour before I went because I didn't know what to expect.

The second 30 minutes I did very basic stretching.

1. Laid on my back with a strap around my foot (could use a belt) and pulled my leg toward me (keeping the leg straight). (this stretches your hamstrings)

2. I laid on my back. Kept one leg straight and the other bent. I moved the bent leg away from my body and then back towards my body as far as I could go. There are four positions for this one. (this stretches your hip abductors)

a. see above
b. place foot of bent knee by the knee of the straight leg and repeat above motion
c. place foot of bent knee on the knee of the straight leg and repeat about motion
d. place foot of bent knee on the outside of the knee on the straight leg and repeat above motion

I did a couple of other massage things with a small ball.

Anyway, thought I would share my experience and exercises/stretches in case any one wanted to give it a try.
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Unread 08-12-2010, 04:47 PM
Re: Physical Therapy... Interesting

Wow! I could not have taken anyone touching my incision or abdomen at 4 weeks post op. I have heard about massage to break up adhesions, but did not know they would do it this early post op.

Unread 08-12-2010, 05:13 PM
Re: Physical Therapy... Interesting

I was definitely nervous about it.. but she didn't a lot of massaging...I'm still numb around the incision so I couldn't really feel what she was doing.

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