The RIGHT Information from the RIGHT Provider
This information given to you by your provider is incredibly confusing.
Let’s back up the truck a minute.
I was talking to a client who had just had prolapse surgery. And it sounds like she got the same advice she would have gotten if she were postpartum and had prolapse.
Vague and confusing. Leave her frozen, because she doesn’t want to mess up anything.
Here is what we know for sure: at 6 weeks, we generally have about 75% soft tissue healing. But what does that actually mean?
Go for a swim?
Take a walk?
None of that is helpful because each of those things can be wildly different for different people.
They are all context dependent. An easy run will be very different if you’re dealing with a former collegiate runner than it will be if you’re talking to someone who hasn’t ran in 10 months.
As clients, we expect our providers to give us instructions because they are the medical experts! But quatifying “go for an easy run” is NOT their area of expertise. We think they have the exact criteria, but they don’t. This is where you need to seek advice from someone who understands dosing of exercise, progression of exercise, what other issues may be playing into the why behind their symptoms.
That’s the stuff that’s incredibly important but it’s not your OBGYNs job! That’s my job!
If you have questions that aren’t being answered by your OBGYN, that’s your cue to find someone who is knowledgeable about the sport you want to return to.
The confusion comes because you’re asking someone who isn’t an expert in this area. There isn’t a lot of research, just clinical guidance
You have to find a rehabilitation provider who understands the whole picture AND the sport you want to return to.