(Last Updated On: April 10, 2009)
Yesterday marked my 4-week anniversary of ACL surgery.
Recovery continues to go well. The improvements are less significant from day to day, and more noticeable from week to week. My PT consists of a lot of the same things I was doing before, but usually just a step higher. There’s a lot of core exercises mixed in there too- calf raises, leg press, squats, lunges, leg raises, pilates exercises, bridges, balancing on one leg and throwing a ball against the wall and catching it. I no longer have to go quad sets and straight leg raises. I ride my bike 5-6 days a week for over 30 minutes a day. I would ride longer except I get really bored. I think I’ll try to ride more like 45 minutes most days this week and try to dodge boredom by watching my Buffy the Vampire slayer DVD’s. I am still massaging scar tissue. My knee doesn’t get sore so much any more from being on my feet for long periods of time. Walking is becoming more and more natural and faster, although the ice still scares the crap out of me. My knee aches a bit, but sometimes it feels so good I forget that it’s hurt. The stiffness in it continues to get better and better.
My PT says I can maybe begin to ride outside in mid-May, 3 months after surgery. He says riding single track on a mtn bike may be possible at 5 months. But, he keeps following everything he says with, “if it’s okay with Dr. Beim”. I know when I spoke with her before surgery she was really adamant about not riding single track until 6 months. Now that surgery is over and recovery is going well, I’ll talk to her again. I have another follow up appointment with her on Tuesday.