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Date Posted: 22:26:57 12/10/03 Wed
Author: Louise
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Subject: Re: Rehabilitation
In reply to: Mark 's message, "Re: Rehabilitation" on 16:24:24 12/10/03 Wed

>Hi Louise
>I'm not sure if i can help much, but i have two (very)
>close relatives who both are physiotherapists, of
>which i know at least one of them has helped ppl
>rehabilitate in the past, so i reckoned i might be
>able to help somehow.
>Problem is, neither of them has much knowledge of
>English, so i would have to act as a translator. I
>just spoke to one of them about this; and she seemed
>to know what i was talking about (i wasn't, all very
>technical to me ;) ). They told me that -5 degrees
>is the desirable limit of hyperextension, any lower
>would not be good. I think DZ means that he can't
>fully stretch his leg yet (0 degrees) but that it's
>not bothering him on the bike since you normally don't
>have to stretch your legs on it in order to ride.
>If i interpreted the question totally wrong then could
>you rephrase it a bit? I'm not a native speaker of
>English, so i might be a tad confused at what it is
>exactly that you're asking. :)
>Anyways; hope your son is doing well,
>Mark VdB

Thanks for the well wishes -- It was Ben posting on DP MB #1 today about MTBs.

Recovery continues to be slow until the left wrist and lower right leg casts come off. He goes to physical therapy 3 times a week.

Unfortunately, all I know about what Dave Zabriskie said was included in my earlier post. We asked the same questions of Ben's therapist Jose this evening. Jose could not understand, either, why someone would want to hyperextend more than -5 degrees. I would say from your answer that you interpreted the question correctly -- at least the same way I interpreted the original article (and that was written in English!) Wish I could function in a second language. (All I can do is read a bit of French!)

To date, the therapist has Ben working on flexibility of the knee and hip joints and of the shoulder and elbow joints for the affected limbs. He is also doing some weight training using the upper arm to work the machines and ankle weights on the casted leg. Ben is working towards the -5 degrees but has no intention of going further than the -5. He can get to zero degrees now and to 110 degrees, but the cast stops more flex than that.

It is going to be hard on him to loosen the wrist and ankle when they are finally freed from casts.

Many thanks to your relatives!!

If I learn anything more, I will post it or email it. Do your relatives have any favorite exercises that they have clients do while recovering from such injuries? Please feel free to email if you would rather take the discussion off line for a while.

PS -- He seems to have been cleared by the cardiologist as to the lung & heart problems from the force of the seat belt and air bag. We still have the visits with the neurologist to go.

Again, many thanks!!

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