CallieJo 6:02am May 7 2012
People tried to scare me about how bad it would be, but it wasn't at all. Now, I did start going very early on to mainly work on ROM and restoring quadriceps function. I worked with weights on my ankle and used a big rubber band. They would massage my scar and I also had some electrical stimulation. Can't say I enjoyed the electric shocks, but it was brief. As I got into WBing, it did get more intense. There was one day when they really had me overdo it on a leg press machine and I was pretty miserable for several days. I let them know about it the next time and it was not repeated. Since you are farther along in the healing process, it may be fairly intense from the beginning, but don't be afraid to speak up. On the one hand, there may be an element of "No pain, no gain," but it should not be so bad that it sets you back.
On the other hand, there was at least once that I had to speak up and say that I was ready to move on. The head guy would set up a program and then someone else would work with me each time. After maybe three weeks of doing the same thing, I felt I needed a new plan, asked for it and got it.
Remember this is your leg and you have a right to speak up. Strike a balance between really pushing and not overdoing. Be tactful if you have to complain. You can always take a pain pill just before or just after.
04/11/2011 severe comminuted depressed TPF
04/14/2011 ORIF and subcutaneous fasciotomy
04/16/2011 discharged home with hinged brace, NWB on walker, in home PT
04/29/2011 started real PT 2x week
08/01/2011 discharged OS/PT