Physical Therapy and the Camaraderie of Healing

By CAITLIN KELLY I first had physical therapy at 27, after I slipped on an icyMontreal sidewalk and tore the ligaments in my left ankle. I had it again at 42 and 43, after surgery on my right and left knees, and most recently I’ve had it on both shoulders. My orthopedist likes to say surgery is half the battle. If so, it’s the easy half. The slow and repetitive work of physical therapy often starts the next day, and for an injury like a tear in an anterior cruciate ligament, it can take up to six months. Before you’ve done it, it’s hard to imagine anything is going to take so long and...

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