How to heal from ACL knee surgery

As it turns out, some of the best advice you can get about healing from an injury comes from those who have been through it themselves. If you’ve been following this blog you know that I am once again recovering from ACL knee surgery – my third one, in fact. Over the last two decades, I’ve gathered some pretty good experience with ACL surgeries and recoveries. While all of my recoveries have been different, there are underlying themes that remain the same. I’ve had to console dozens of people recovering from ACL reconstruction themselves, and have been thanked many times after. Unfortunately, it happens I know a thing or two about this stuff. And, I guess it’s time I start sharing it more.

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ACL Recovery Update: 3 months post-op

I always say that healing, just like climbing mountains, is as much a mental battle as it is a physical one. I’m not going to lie, I’ve had a few mental demons over the last three months. But, if any of them remained, I shooed their remnants away during my three hour bike ride. My pale exposed skin absorbed enough Vitamin D to last for weeks. The radiating smile on my face was proof that the ride was good for my soul.

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Road to Recovery – ACL Version 3.0 – Week 1

As with so many things including ski mountaineering itself, recovery is as much mental as it is physical. I’m not gonna deny that I’ve had a couple of breakdowns. But, I worked through them. And overall, I’m feeling pretty positive about my surgery and recovery. My road to recovery has just started and it will be a long, long road… But, it’s off to a fairly good start!

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The Waiting Game

While most Colorado winter enthusiasts loudly wait for winter, wishing that Mother Nature would turn on her frozen faucet, I have been patiently waiting – quietly on the sidelines… For the first time that I could ever remember, actually hoping that it didn’t snow. Not until November 15th anyway. It’s been a waiting game. I’ve been in limbo since discovering I had a torn ACL and meniscus in my left knee back in July.

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Road to Recovery: My ACL Story, version 3

I’ve thought a lot about where to start this story. Usually you start a story about an injury when the injury occurs. But, I’m not sure exactly when this one happened – and that alone makes this an interesting story. You see, I’ve torn my ACL twice before, one on each knee. In both of those incidents, there was never really any question in my mind that I had torn my ACL. Even though I wanted to deny it, I knew it was gone. So, imagine my surprise when I went to visit the PA of my orthopedic doctor and she said, “Well, now…. I think something might be wrong with your ACL.”

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