The Road to ACL Recovery (Day 10)

Progress continues to come quickly, though at a cost of some pain. Had my second PT session yesterday, and the gloves are off. Spent six minutes on a bike. You could hardly call it pedaling- I think I was going about 40rpm on the lowest setting, but it felt amazing to move my legs again. Was surprised to be doing that and certain other exercises so soon after surgery, but both my physical therapist and doctor are saying full steam ahead.

Of course, no progress without pain, especially in the world of ACL rehab. When I got home and took off my brace, a big patch of my leg was purple from blood clots bursting, and welts have formed up and down my leg, some of which dissipate when iced. I couldn’t sleep at all last night, hence the 7am post. But I’ll take it. These early weeks are a classic Hobson’s choice- stay in pain, unable to walk, or go through the pain of rehab to at least get better.

I’ll call Friday a win and look forward to trying out new exercises over the weekend, while relying as much as I can on Advil to keep things tolerable.

About Janos Marton

Janos Marton is a lawyer, advocate and writer.
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