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Offline rob43

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exercise after knee op
« on: November 02, 2011, 01:04:44 PM »
anyone know the time scale when one can return to exercise i.e ride a bike after lateral release and cartilage micro fracture?

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Re: exercise after knee op
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2011, 02:22:27 PM »
You need to speak to your surgeon about this as they will have their own protocol. Most microfracture procedures have a requirement of a period of time where you are non-weight bearing (NWB). Perhaps reading some of the post-op blogs will help you get a time scale.



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Re: exercise after knee op
« Reply #2 on: November 03, 2011, 09:40:47 AM »
ive alrdy been non weight bearing for the last 7weeks
getting bored shitless now

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Re: exercise after knee op
« Reply #3 on: November 03, 2011, 09:48:34 AM »
Are you not back at work yet?  Can you not work from home if so bored?  I guess it depends what you do   :)  Can no one take you out and about, go see friends and family, a change of scene can do you the world of good

Also, maybe try to modify the swearing a bit too, however fed up and frustrated you may be... not everyone likes it  ;)
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Re: exercise after knee op
« Reply #4 on: November 03, 2011, 11:08:15 AM »
no i cant go to work or work from home as i teach sport
as for going out thats isnt  possible because i dont have anyone  else who can drive since my wife dead


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Re: exercise after knee op
« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2011, 11:17:51 AM »
I'm sorry to hear that

I hope you get some good solid answers from the surgeon later - make a list of questions you need answering, especially around physiotherapy (do you have a private one lined up or are you reliant on the NHS?)

Good luck  :)
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Re: exercise after knee op
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2011, 05:47:56 PM »
nhs only been sent to arrange physio 4week wait

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Re: exercise after knee op
« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2011, 05:56:57 PM »
Do you at least now have some exercises to do?  I can't imagine waiting another 4 weeks is great.  Are you off the crutches now?  Was the OS happy with the knee, especially given the issues you've had with swelling?
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Re: exercise after knee op
« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2011, 06:04:49 PM »
If you've been given the all clear to come off the crutches or at least start weaning down off them you can start some gentle exercises before you see the physio. The sooner you can start waking up the muscles the better. What did you doc say about the swelling? Was he worried about it?
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Re: exercise after knee op
« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2011, 07:16:36 PM »
never saw my surgeon because once again wasnt there!!!
i saw some other bloke who said it was normal because ive had micro fracture and lateral release on the same side
i wasnt told to come off crutches just told to go home and slowly start to put my foot down over the next 6weeks

but physio might say different when i finally get an appointment lol

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Re: exercise after knee op
« Reply #10 on: November 04, 2011, 02:26:22 PM »
day 1 of trying to put my weight on the left leg!!
 my god does this feel alien lol not sure if its in my head that i cant walk on it even though i,m using the crutches or its not rdy for walking on?
either way its not as straight forward as i had hope it would be!!!

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Re: exercise after knee op
« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2011, 03:01:59 PM »
Its going to feel really strange and probably quite weak due the muscles shrinking. Try and just move around the house with some weight going through it, rather than just expecting to walk normally. If its still stiff as well and swollen you're not going near to a normal gait at the moment, but if you've been told to start putting weight through it then just take it gradually. Use your crutches as long as you feel unsteady, you don't want a fall at this stage.

Good luck!

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