:O OMG!!! I don't think I've ever been this tired in my whole life. I started PT on tuesday, today was my second day. I am working on core strengthing. Here is my routine:
1. recumbent bike 10 minutes
2. sitting on a big ball...on a cable column, using a straight bar pull downs (eye level to lap 2 sets of 10), then rows (2 sets of 10)
3. leg press 35lbs 3 sets of 10
4. on the same machine...heel raises 3 sets
5. Sitting on a big ball, 2 lb hand weights; 2lb ankle weights....kick outs 2 sets of 10, raise opposite hand & foot 2 sets of ten
6. Quadraped position....lifting opposite hand and leg straight out keeping head in a neutral position (2 sets of 10
7. Planks....on my back keeping my elbows under my shoulders...lift my bottom off the mat, staying straight as a plank. (2 sets of sets)
8. planks....same thing on my belly (2 sets of 10)
9. bridges...feet on a ball (2 sets of 10)
10. squats with a 6lb medicine ball (20)
11. walking with medicine ball 6lb medicine ball (6 minutes))
12. The the PT stretches my legs and 15 minutes of ice and stim.
Now, I have to tell you....I had been to over 100 pt sessions prior to my first surgery. I then continued most of the core and leg strengthing exercises, at a gym I joined. I knew for nearly a year that I would need another surgery, and wanted to be in the best possible shape for recovery. I also began stretching at about 4 weeks post op (with my doctors approval), and then a couple of weeks prior to surgery added some light core strenghtening (again after talking with the doctor). These exercises are not easy, I work hard and work up a sweat. AND...this core strengthening is just the first step in a therapy that will likely last several months.
I also walk, often in my pool. frontwards backwards, side to side. And have a few home esercises the PT gave mt to do at home.
I am exhausted...but very happy to be in this stage of recovery. Is there anyone else just beginning PT? I don't want to compare...because we are all different, but would like to know what others are doing. There are so many diffeent therories and techniques, I'm curious.