Post op physical therapy is designed to aid the recovery process. Usually the progression is linear and proceeds as anticipated. However there are times when a patient experiences a setback. Instead of having less pain and more range of motion, the person backslides or remains in a plateau. Frustrations mount. Anxiety and disappointment prevail.
If you find yourself in such a predicament, don’t panic. In most instances, your body is just telling you to slow down. As individuals, we recover at different rates. Your physical therapist will tweak your protocol to conform to your response.
In the meantime, it’s wise to adjust your mental outlook. Consider using these 5 points as a guide.
- Acknowledge the Temporary Nature of Your Situation.
- Embrace Patience- If your body is sending messages, listen and respond accordingly.
- Remain Balanced- Don’t overreact and stay calm.
The key to keeping your balance is knowing when you’ve lost it. Anonymous
- Reestablish Control.
If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. Michael Jordan
- Maintain a Positive Outlook.
Over a month ago, I endured a 3+ week post-op recovery setback. Within no time, I saw my attitude start to change. I feared that my shoulder would not heal properly.
Instead of falling prey to this negativity, I chose to fight back. As a result, I am sharing what I learned in the process. I hope that my final month of recovery will remain on track. If not, I will look back to these 5 tips.
- Do you have any additional suggestions?
***My shoulder recovery included a second setback. A month or so after posting this blog, my arm had a very limited range of motion. I was diagnosed with frozen shoulder.
In order to keep my recovery on track and regain my range of motion, I agreed to have an injection. I thought that the surgery would be the end of injections. I was wrong. After a few detours, I fully recovered from the surgery. I’m thrilled that I can swim again and no longer experience any pain in my shoulder or upper arm.
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Sandra’s memoir highlights her living and teaching adventure in Bangalore, India. She is a licensed Colorado teacher who has taught K-12 students in the United States and abroad as well as college level courses. Sandra is married and has four adult sons.
The memoir was a finalist in the Travel category for the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards, the 2013 International Book Awards, the 2013 National Indie Book Excellence Awards, 2013 USA Best Book Awards, and a Honorable Mention award in the Multicultural Non-Fiction category for the 2013 Global ebook Awards.