Yesterday marked four weeks since my Bicep Tenodesis. The picture above pretty much sums up where I am: physical therapy and lots of it.
I have PT exercises I do twice daily (10-15 minutes) and actually go in for therapy twice weekly. Up until last week, almost all of the exercises were assisted in some way, but most of the exercises now are under my own power. For instance, I do an exercise where I slide my hand up the wall; I used to employ my good arm to push it up and now I no longer do that. This is progress.
I have noticed that my mobility has increased as well. I’m not near 100% yet, but it is a vast improvement over the first few weeks. There are some exercises that my therapist introduced that when I started caused me a lot of discomfort and my range of motion was very limited. Little by little, the ROM has increased and the pain has subsided.
The one thing that has surprised me the most is just how sore I still am, and its a pretty constant companion at this point. Some of it is a result of the PT exercises and pushing myself. I suspect that some of it is that as much as I try not to lift anything over 1 lb. with my right arm, that gets violated pretty often. Nothing over 5 lbs. for sure, but I do find myself not being as careful as I should. I wonder if the PT folks know that this happens in general and therefore give patients an untenable restriction with the hope that we might limit ourselves just enough–kind of like putting a 70 mph speed limit on a highway knowing full well that no one will observe that, but hoping that at least we’ll go under 80! In any case, I’m using a fair amount of acetaminophen.
My PT folks tell me that my I’m on track. I know that I am impatient. I’d like to get back to running and biking, and eventually doing resistance exercises. It is pretty boring to just walk briskly, or get on the bikes at the gym. I will just have to stick it out.
Earlier in the week, my therapist asked me if I felt the surgery was worth it. Good question. I hope to know the answer over the next month or so.