Not happy :-(
Went to the OS had my staples out and then the OS said that I needed to go into a plaster cast for another full 4 weeks until 22nd March.
I explained that I would prefer an immobiliser but he was having none of it as he said it was a bad tear (whether it was any worse and any other quad tendon tear I don't know as I only got a 2 minute timeslice with him so didn't get much chance to ask him many questions).
He 1st wanted to use a cast which covered my foot but fortunately conceded on that point.
He has a very conservative approach.
Even the rehab regime is showing a Donjoy brace 30 degrees for 2 weeks, then 60 for another 2 weeks and then after 6 weeks 90 degrees. I might as well sell my car as it'll be months before I'll be able to drive again!
So now I am worried that when I get to that stage the PT might only limit my progress to the agreed protocol by the OS.
Am I being irrationale about the cast? I don't like the cast for physical (too heavy) and psychological reasons (feeling of being trapped).
What are the benefits of an immobiliser/brace compared to a plaster cast other than being I assume much lighter?
Does either protocol have better effect on long term rehab?
I now don't know whether to get a 2nd opinion and opt for private in the UK instead of NHS in order to get a brace.
LakeSwimmer49 - the scar tissue sounds very painful but I can't wait to get to that period of rehab (if you know what I mean).