I went to PT twice this week, and I learned some interesting things. My leg has been swelling now that I am up more. aThe PT showed me where my lyph nodes are that drain the leg and told me to gently massage those. Pumping the ankle also helps reduce swelling by helping circulation in the leg. The lymph node for leg drainage is where the leg meets the body, about an inch in from the mid point of leg width. The other lymph nodes she recommended massaging are just above the collar bone there is a dip above thw bone, and below the neck. The PT told me to always massage the leg going up towards the body. She massaged the leg, and then did ultrasound to help restructure and smooth out the scar tissue. Ultrasound always feels good. She gave me 3 small range of motion exercises. It will be 6 more week s until they allow me to strengthen. I was told I can walk a few steps without crutches, but to use them if waliking farther. I went and picked up a temporary handicapped sign, so I can finally park close to things. I am very slow at getting around on my crutches, now that I am supposed to put a tiny bit of weight on my leg. I went t trivia last night for the first time in 6 weekso
Maggie, I hear you about the brace. I hated mine. Hang in there! It feels fabulous when you finally get rid of it!
Tania, My knee is very stiff also. I have swelling in my whole leg including the knee. It is starting to loosen up.