“Don’t just ‘bear’ anything that feels like torture without progress. Take a chance and seek out something else” – Heather Skoll
Why am I going backward?
In week 5 of my recovery, my pain level went up and my mobility went down. I had been attending my OHIP physiotherapy sessions (physiotherapy covered by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan). I am very grateful to have received 6 sessions fully covered by my province.
I was released after 6 sessions because, on paper, I hit every marker and checked every box. But I didn’t feel like I was checking boxes, making progress, or healing. I felt the opposite; I was moving backward, feeling more pain, and developing more trauma. I decided to seek out private physiotherapy.
I met Leanna Taggio at Meridian Spine and Sport in Oak Ridges. The first thing she looked at was my incision and my kneecap. She identified that my kneecap was stuck. The adhesions from the scar might be the cause. She taught me techniques to release these adhesions by massaging the scar. She spent time listening, watching, and doing an appropriate touch assessment.
The lesson learned here is that if something is not working for you and feels like torture instead of progress, don’t “bear” with it. Take a chance and seek out something else.
It is a lesson that I learn over and over again!