Pushing through pain for the greater good

I saw my physio today and we discussed the physio program I’m doing prior to surgery. I mentioned my increased enthusiasm to do my physio exercises has been overshadowed by the consequential pain. We agreed that given surgery is only 1-2months away then it’s a case of pushing through the pain for the greater good. I’m totally happy with this as I’d like to be as fit/strong as possible going into surgery. It’s amazing how my mindset is changing as I get closer to the big day. I’ve been doing physio exercises on and off for almost 5years, no wonder my enthusiasm drops off at times.

To the amusement of my friend, who said I’m like a child, I’ve setup a physio book where I track progress of my exercises with stickers. I know it seems silly, but it really works for me. It’s also a useful tool to discuss progress with physios, and I make little notes to prompt my memory of things to mention at appointments.

I’ll be using this book for the weeks leading up to surgery and following it. I don’t care if it’s a little childish.

Qu: What strategies do you have ensure you keep doing your physiotherapy exercises?