Background: ´Unfortunately, in January 2014 I broke my ankle on both sides of my left leg, resulting in my foot and lower leg being out of alignment. The leg was manipulated back into place and I had surgery to repair the breaks. This involved a metal plate and seven screws in one side of the ankle, and the break to the other side was less severe and so left to heal naturally.
I was in hospital for 3 days and as soon as I got home I checked with Ian Thirkell how I should best use the therapy to gain the optimum recovery. I used the Arc religiously; following the programme settings Ian had given me.´
Results: ´The cast was off within 2 weeks and within 4 weeks I was driving, walking without any crutches and mucking out stables! Six weeks post operation my physiotherapist was shocked at my range of movement and had a jaw dropping moment when she first saw me walking ´almost normally´ and in fact was horrified when I told her I´d been mucking out stables and even managed to climb a gate!
Seven weeks post operation, I had my final x-rayand it was great news from the surgeon who was very happy with my progress. That week I started riding again! The doctors and physiotherapists always asked how the pain is and if I was taking any pain relief - my answer was always the same - no pain and I didn´t take any pain relief after 2 weeks following the operation. To be honest, I didn´t really have any real pain at all, only a light ache, more like cramp for the first couple of weeks and that was more likely to be down to the fact that I was in a cast.
Seventeen weeks later and I´ve been discharged from physiotherapy. In the last 4 months I have seen 3 different physiotherapists and each one has been amazed at the speed of my rehabilitation since my operation. The physiotherapist today said he sees people with sprains, breaks and surgery, but I´ve had the whole lot and in his words, my recovery is exceptional! Everything they asked me to do should have been testing at my stage of recovery post op, but I could do it all easily! There´s no more they can do for me as I´m doing so well, so I´ve been discharged and told to keep doing whatever it is I´ve been doing - well it´s called determination to ride again and a little magic machine called Arc!´