Arthrofibrosis Recovery Guide

Arthrofibrosis Recovery Guide


Arthrofibrosis Recovery Guide



I am Heidi Armstrong, Injury Recovery Coach and founder of Injured Athlete’s Toolbox. I teach injured athletes—many of whom have arthrofibrosis—the essential tools for recovery that enable them to move from feeling frustrated, impatient, and angry to feeling optimistic, resilient, and motivated.

I’ve struggled, coped, and worked diligently to overcome arthrofibrosis since November 2010. I’ve learned, sometimes through trial and much error, a lot along the way. My clients’ victories, questions, anxieties, and resilience led me to record what I’ve learned about arthrofibrosis recovery in plain English.

My hope is that this booklet will leave you feeling empowered and informed. You aren’t alone. I’ve been where you are right now and have helped others in your position. It gets better. Follow the guidance in this booklet.

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Post-TKA (knee replacement) arthrofibrosis is different than the type of arthrofibrosis I’ve discussed in this guide. The surgical approach is different. The appearance and texture of the scar is different; thus, the scar physiology is different. Accordingly, the recovery is different. I’ve written this guide for non-TKA arthrofibrosis; nonetheless, many of the concepts still apply for post-TKA arthrofibrosis.

**An additional note**

I wrote this guide for Dr. Singleton’s and PT Joe Hannon’s patients because they’re experts. I’m not inclined to write “your doctor” instead of “Dr. Singleton” because almost all “your doctors” and “your PTs” are not experienced with arthrofibrosis. Remember, seeing the wrong doctor and PT saves neither time nor money nor suffering.

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To celebrate my first ride back on the road after my last surgery in 2014, a friend sent me a Wonder Woman t-shirt and socks, with their own little capes!!!


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