Microfracture surgery recovery and rehabilitation is more than just doing some exercises. There is no doubt that I am progressing well with my recovery from right knee microfracture surgery, but I am on a long hard journey. A journey that may be harder mentally than physically.
I’m now a little over 8 1/2 weeks post op. I started working toward weight bearing a little over 2 1/2 weeks ago. As soon as I got comfortable putting some weight on my leg again (about three days after starting weight bearing again), I wanted to be recovered. There is so much progress right away that I was excited. I still am excited, but I’ve just had some of my first mental hurdles. There have been some little physical ones too, but they are a result of probably pushing myself too hard.
I added ankle weights to my routines. I added some time on my bicycle (via stationary trainer) to my routine. I added some other exercises like quarter squats, calf raises and some other stretches. A first, that all felt great; both mentally and physically.
I think I ramped up too fast though. I was adding weight to my ankle weights pretty fast. I was also adding minutes to the bicycle pretty fast. I was walking more evenly and using the crutches less.
At physical therapy, I head things like, “wow, you are tight today.” I also started to feel some soreness and pain.
I’ve now backed off the weight and cut back on the bicycle time. I feel a lot better. It has only been a couple of weeks since I started weight bearing again. I am still looking at months for recovery.
Both the doctor and the physical therapist have told me that their biggest concern for me is that I try to do too much too soon. Recovery is a long road and I have seen some great progress. Now I just need to make sure I don’t hurt myself worse (tendinitis would be very bad right now).
I need to try and be happy with my progress, realize that it will take time to rebuild muscles and mentally be ready for a marathon, not a sprint.