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15th-Nov-2013 10:39 am
sunglasses, south-park
So, today at my PT appointment, we measured my range of motion and compared the numbers with what they'd been on my first visit:
lifting arm straight up in front of me: range of motion increased from 130 degrees to 160 degrees
lifting arm straight up to the side: range of motion increased from 110 degrees to 160 degrees
holding elbow at side and rotating lower arm outward: range of motion increased from 30 degrees to 60 degrees
My PT doesn't record a numerical value for the "reaching up to scratch between your shoulderblades" motion, but he considers me now able to reach my "mid-back" rather than just "lower back".

I've still got some way to go, but that's a very nice rate of improvement!

As my reward, I get a new batch of exercises to add to the ones I'm already doing. Wheeee!
15th-Nov-2013 06:59 pm (UTC)
It's a good thing I work from home, by myself, or any hypothetical co-workers would have witnessed me doing YMCA-like movements to try to determine where you had been and where you are now.

Physical therapists: they all have the same thing for rewards.
15th-Nov-2013 08:27 pm (UTC)
Well, to be absolutely precise, they also gave me a large neon orange rubber band. Put that together with the stick I've been using for range-of-motion exercises and the lacrosse ball I've been doing trigger point massage with, and I very nearly have the makings of an impressively large slingshot.
18th-Nov-2013 05:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the reward for good work in PT is more PT. But yay for progress!
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