The second week of recovery contained a few silver linings—exercises becoming a little easier and laying around without the locking brace on 24/7—but it also came with the continued frustration of (read: harsh) shin pain when standing.
I started applying Arnica gel to the tibia 2-4x daily, and also used Aloe early in the week in an attempt to reduce heat from bruising. I did notice a change in bruising appearance after a few days using Arnica, but the pain remained a 9-10/10 when standing until I was given the green light for ibuprofen (more on this in the podcast).
I’ve felt “behind” in terms of getting back on my feet because of the shin bruising, and I’m concerned my leg will be extra weak once I can finally get weight back on it. It’s a mental battle when you can literally see and feel the atrophy and weakness.
In terms of icing, I’ve preferred ice wraps and the Flexi gel packs this week for more coverage area and immediate cold following PT exercises or first thing in the morning when everything’s a bit sore. I also purchased CryoCups to mix it up and get more of a manual therapy component going.
Helpful products roundup:
- Arnica gel
- Flexi gel packs (make sure your freezer is set cold to get these primed)
- CryoCups (great if you’re up for intense! icing sessions)
- Supplements (link to my guide)
Week 2 Notes:
- Week 2 review
- Small victories with movement, more “freedom”
- Tibia pain progression and ibuprofen
- PT regimen, “walking”
- Extension: 0
- Flexion: 82
- Sitting Pain: 1/10
- Standing Pain: 6/10 (week began the same at 9-10/10)