Sunday, 1 May 2016

Weeks 12-16 - Back in the Saddle!

Things have gone unbelievably quick over the past 4 weeks. Suddenly everything started to fall into place and my strength was significantly improving as I pushed through my daily rehab and weekly hydrotherapy sessions. My scars are also now fully healed and looking much better.

The scars left from my degloving injury (right) and my final back operation (middle)


I've completed 5 hydrotherapy sessions now, and definitely seeing the benefits. I have such a wider range of movement and my pelvis control has gone from virtually nothing to almost normal, with only occasionally pain. I am also looking pretty much straight when I walk now too which is great.

The major target of my physiotherapy was beginning to fire my glutes to help prompt the repair of my nerve route down the left side. This strength in particular has dramatically improved, and I'm definitely seeing some muscle growth again.. no more pancake bum! Paul has given me a wide range of general movement exercises as well as some great specific ones.

Some of my progressed hydrotherapy. The closest I can get to a leg press!


Tuesday 12th April saw me back at my second home Stepping Hill Hospital, for some more scans and results from yesterdays MRI. More positive news! Back position looked great, and there was no further opening of my SIJ joint. On the left side there was still mild weakness at EHL muscle in my shin but my ankle dorsi flexion was almost normal with regards to power. We marked the area which was still numb on my EHL, allowing us to track the area overtime and see the nerve regeneration (see pic below). Then came the answer that I was hoping for...Mr Sian gave me the all clear to get on a watt bike!!

Marking up the area which is still numb
The following Friday my watt bike arrived. I was nervous at first as I was scared that I would get pain or something just wouldn't feel right. However I was very wrong! It felt completely normal other than the scar tissue on my back being slightly tight. I owe a massive thanks to Wattbike UK for supplying me with a great low resistance bike perfect for my 15 min easy daily spin.

Back in the saddle!


I also met up with Anthony Barnes, a family PT in Cambridge, who gave me some more exercises to further aid my rehab without stressing my back and pelvis. This was my first time in a gym since before the accident.. I was absolutely buzzing! The glute and core workout was great. I also had a great upper body circuit which included exercises such as lat pull downs and inclined DB press. It is important that I still don't go into the gym all guns blazing as I am by no means 100% healed until my bone graft has fused, so all weights are sub maximal and controlled.

I do still still get occasional pain in my pelvis when I do too much, particularly being on my feet for too long, but this just serves as a little reminder that I need to take it easy. Things are looking good and I'm definitely the happiest I've been for a long time!

V x

3 comments:

  1. Great blog Vicky, really enjoyed reading about your rehab, hope it carries on smoothly & we see you back on 2 wheels soon. C&A x

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