Felt well enough today to attend my first session of physiotherapy. I decided to go to MGS Physiotherapy in Manly as they had treated Catherine through her period of rehabilitation. Catherine’s physio was not available and I was assigned his partner, Dave Sheppard. I rolled down to Manly in my wheelchair and waited with some trepidation in the waiting room. Dave turned out to be the very friendly and experienced physiotherapist aged about 45. He had done his training at Manly Rugby League club and seemed very knowledgeable about rehabilitation from tibial plateau fractures. His first question to me was, “How much recovery do you want?” He explained that there were two options:
- To learn to walk again properly This could be done in about 6 to 8 weeks or
- A complete recovery This would take about 18 months.
“I want to be able to do all the things I did before. I want to go skiing again, obviously and I want to be able to go on long hikes carrying a backpack,” I replied
“Well if that’s what you want it’s going to take a lot of hard work and discipline and determination. And a fair bit of pain. I will have to push you at times to do things you wouldn’t ordinarily do and sometimes they will hurt. Without a little bit of pain there won’t be any recovery.”
He looked at my leg and remarked how swollen it was but assured me that that is normal and would pass. I lay on my back on the massage table and he tested the flexion in my leg which wasn’t great but he also said that’s to be expected. He then ran me through four very simple exercises. Lying on my back doing a straight leg raise, lying on my back flexing the broken leg, then extending and flexing the quad while moving the toes back and forth. I have to do these exercises many times a day. He assured me these can be done safely prior to weight-bearing. Anyway I’ve now got some goals and someone to help me.