I had my first physical therapy appointment today and I was sooooo nervous!! When I got there the physical therapist first explained to me what I had done to my shoulder-a subacromial decrompression. My supraspinatus was torn 50% and reattached to the bone with three anchors, hooked part of my acromion removed and inflammation cleaned out.
After that I was brought into a big common room, sat in a chair and heat was applied to my shoulder. Then the PT massaged my shoulder (using some icy hot stuff and now I smell like a 75 year old woman after jazzercise class) and they did some ultrasound thingy on it (total technical term). After that I had to do pendulum swings and I wasn’t doing so well so the PT assisted. I did them first while leaning on my right hand and then switched to lean down on my right elbow.
I also had to set myself up in some torture like pulley contraption where I held on to each end of a rope with one hand and used my good hand to raise my bad arm. I don’t think I was doing very well because the PT took over after about 10 seconds. I was having a very hard time relaxing because I was just so afraid of getting hurt! Finally they applied ice and some device that stimulated my shoulder to help relieve any pain or inflammation.
It was a great session (lasted about 60 minutes) and I am just disappointed that they don’t have any open appointments for me until Monday-not cool. I told them if there were any cancellations Friday or Monday to call me. I want to recover as soon as possible!