Did PT help you adjust to new muscle movement after weight loss?
I lost 200 lbs with Roux-En-Y gastric bypass (2019). After a series of hikes where my balance and toe dragging became problematic, I began work with a physical therapist to correct my gait. Going up stairs, I also developed a phantom limb issue with my right leg (even though I still have my leg) about 8 months post surgery/100lbs down. It was explained to me that when using large muscle groups to carry around all that weight, the smaller ones (typically stabilizers) don't get the same attention. I was definitely swinging my arms around and leaning to the opposite side with lateral movement too. After a lifetime, my brain needed training to recognize the muscles in the back of my legs and work with them to carry my new lighter body, just differently. I also developed some ranges of motion in my hips that required some new strength training (mostly with external and internal rotators). I'm curious, did any of you all need PT for something similar? What kinds of exercises and activities do you find to be the most helpful, and do you still do them regularly? I'm finding this to be a point of discussion somewhat absent from the pre-operative landscape, yet very meaningful to many post-operative folks. There also seem to be an absence of literature out there addressing post weight loss PT.