Muscle Atrophy

I had surgery on my ankle a little over 3 weeks ago (Complete tear of the ATFL -reattached), 2 bone spurs removed, a slight bone fracture on the inside of my ankle, and a bone chip and tissue that were wedged and wrapped around a nerve that they had to carefully fix)- I am now in my 2nd cast (I was examined yesterday by my Podiatrist and he felt another cast was necessary for 2-3 more weeks w/ NO WEIGHT BEARING). I went to the PT today to see about exercises to keep the Muscle Atrophy in my upper leg minimal (he measured and I have lost 4 inches already).
Do you know of any good exercises to help with this? Also, just as a 2nd opinion (I know you don't know for sure w/o examining me)- is 5 weeks in a cast w/ no weight bearing a normal thing? I am just terrified of the atrophy and loss of range of motion.

Posted By Maddie on October 12, 2004 at 14:02:49:

The Shin Splint Compression Wrap applies gentle pressure on soft tissue next to the tibia (shin bone), helping prevent additional tearing of the soft tissue away from the tibia. Compression not only reduces additional damage, it alleviates pain and enhances the healing process.

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