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Yes, Virgina, you can fully heal from surgery - Hawk's Eyrie
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merhawk
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Yes, Virgina, you can fully heal from surgery
I was changing water bottles in the kitchen when I had a discussion with a co-worker, who's had surgeries in the past.

Co: *gives me weird look as I lift the big bottle from the ground to the table*
Hk: "What? I can't do this because it's "heavy"?" *as I rip off the top and turn it over onto the water cooler*
Co: "I'm just surprised you're risking it with your shoulder."
Hk: "My shoulder's fully healed."
Co: "I just wouldn't risk hurting it again."
Hk: "My shoulder's not like your knees. It can fully heal."

And this, readers, is why people don't fully heal from injuries. Do your Physical Therapy, do your strengthening exercises, get your range of motion back, and then go ahead and use the previously injured muscle/bone.

If you always coddle it, you will NEVER have full use back. If you make sure it's healed and strengthened, and then continue to use it (while continuing to strengthen it) you will have full use back.

Seriously. Any time I've heard from someone who's not fully healed from an ankle injury, shoulder injury, broken bone, etc I've asked them did they do their PT & strengthening. Invariably the answer is no, and that explains why I have no problems recovering and they do.

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merhawk From: merhawk Date: July 10th, 2009 12:47 am (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
Sadly, people tend to easily dismiss the benefits of both PT & massage.
From: silmaril Date: July 9th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
And this is why I will insist very strenuously on PT once the cast is off. If the doctor does not like the idea, I already have a referral to another orthopaedist.

merhawk From: merhawk Date: July 10th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
Good for you! I'd check with him now about his feelings on PT. If they're not there, get the ball in motion for making sure you get it.

In addition, your muscles are going to knot in ways you'd never have imagined both from the PT & from the injury. Go to a good sports massage/sports injury masseuse to work with them while you're getting the PT. Muscle knots that get stuck can keep you in pain long after the injury is technically healed. Just make sure whomever you go to actually gets into the muscles & knots rather than does a "fluff 'n buff" superficial massage.
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