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Any experience returning from an injury???ozone
Aug 12, 2002 10:18 AM
I broke the tibial plateau in my knee about 5 weeks ago. I had surgery 4 weeks ago and still have 3 weeks before I can put any weight on my leg. I am in a brace that has adjustable flex and the surgeon has allowed me to start bending the leg for the last 2 weeks. I started at 15 degrees and have progressed to about 90.
It is driving me crazy that all I can do is watch my leg fade away. I am really limited on what I can do. I go to the gym and work out my other leg and do a lot of trunk exercises and I can do some leg kicks with my brace on. I am also doing a little 1 legged cycling. I am up to about 45 min on the trainer real easy. I have heard theories that there is a cross over effect ( willing to try anything at this point ). I should have a really nice round pedal stroke with atleast one leg.
I am trying to prepare myself for what I need to do to get back to the condition I was in. I know that it is going to be along process over the winter but I am starting to wonder if it is possible at all to get back to where I was by May or should I just expect next year to be a year of training.
re: Any experience returning from an injury???kaiser
Aug 12, 2002 12:25 PM
While I do not have the same injury, I know all about recovering from a serious one. I broke my right hip in a training accident last October.

I suggest you do not get overly stressed out about missing your training, and focus on the proper healing of your knee. I would suggest that you seek physical therapy. Preferably one that specializes in working with athletes. Be sure you sit down with this person and gover over the very specific recovery goals you have. Your surgeon only got you as far as the surgery.

If the therapist assigns you 'homework" (IE, exercises and stretches) be sure to do them. Not doing them will only slow you down. a lot of the exercises will seem like idiot work, but in a joint injury, your dealing with proprioception, which is a very subtle and important thing to rebuild.

Good luck, and let us know how the treatment is going.
re: Any experience returning from an injury???cp123
Aug 12, 2002 4:35 PM
Hi ozone - i did my tibial plateau about a year and a half ago. I can't really say much more than what you're already doing. Do the physio (exercises and stretches and stuff). I spent ages trying to do straight leg lifts. Lay leg straight, tighten quads, lift leg straight and trying to hold it straight before it just went bent again of its own accord. Lots of water running and swimming was good too.

I'm back to fighting fit now, although things like hill climbing and standing on the pedals were pretty wonky for a long time. Nothing hurts any more although I still limp a bit immediately after getting off after a long ride or after sitting down for a while. My calf muscle on the left is still probably not as defined as my right side.

good luck - try and not go spare. No injury is ever good and timing is always bad. I did mine at the end of summer so used the next 6 months to try and get back. I reckon I'm going better than I ever did now actually.