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Some of you may remember a while ago when I complained about ankle problems. Well, I'm gonna skip the details and say that my mom finally took me to the doctor, and he perscribed physical theropy.

What should I expect? I asked someone and he said that it hurt when he had physical theropy. Ummmm, am I gonna be limping or something afterwards?

I just wanna know what I should expect. If you've ever had p.t., please shair your stories.

I go for the first time on Tuesday.

Yikes!

Jennifer
 

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Your PT experience will vary greatly depending on your situation. Since you're not coming back from a serious injury or surgery, I don't think your PT will be painful at all. I would expect the physical therapist to first do a thorough examination of your ankle, maybe looking at flexibility, strength, watch you walk, etc. Then, they'll probably take you through a series of ankle exercises such as balancing on one leg, ankle movement with a resistance band, etc. Sometimes they use an ultrasound on injuries (such as Achilles tendonitis) to stimulate blood flow. But, you don't feel a thing when they do it. I hope this helps!
 

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Thanks, I'll keep that in mind. Now I"m still scared, but feeling a bit better.

I wouldn't mind an ultrasound if it'll make blood flow better... as it is, I can't wear short socks because it'll cut off my blood flow.

Okay, well, I'll let you know how it goes. And again, thanks for the responce.
 

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I'm currently in Physio for a torn MCL. It's been fantastic. Some of the therapies are kind of uncomfortable, but they have helped so much!!!!

Make sure you do the perscribed exercises and good luck!
 

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Well, I'm going twice a week now, and today will be my 3rd time, I can go up to 30 times in a year, after that the health insurance won't pay.

The first time they did electric theropy, the second time they did both electric theropy and one of those look-at-the-baby things (only there isn't a baby in my ankle
). I havn't been given any exercises yet, b/c the theropist is working on this lump on my ankle and trying to get it to go away-he currently dosn't know what it is. Supposidly, that'll make my ankle feel better and stronger. He can't do a MRI on the ankle, because he has nothing to compare it to, what with all the scar tissue and everything.

I have been told to "massage" my ankle every other day where the lump is, in hopes that if the lump is only scar tissue, that'll help. I would rather he told me to run a mile or something like that, because massageing scar tissue makes me want to puke... I am getting more use to the feeling, but still....

Okay, that's all so far. Thanks for caring,

Jennifer
 

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in some cases, it's just hard work, like any form of exercise. it's not painful or scary. it's usually just hard work. no big deal.

in other cases, it's a lot of heat therapy, gentle stretches, even adjutsments. it really depends upon what the situation is, what your needs are.

after physical therapy, do yoga.
 

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Okay, so I've gone a couple times now, not sher how many. My ankle is much stronger then it was before- yay!

Next Teusday I have my last p.t. sesion before I go back to the dr. hopefully, the doc. will say that I don't need any more p.t. and then I will have my 2/days/week back!

Jennifer
 
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