Now more than a month in, I am excited to report that I am using a cane instead of crutches. In fact, I don’t even need the cane for walking, but it is still pretty essential for navigating subway stairs.
PT can still be challenging and lead to soreness. That’s the nature of PT- if it’s too easy, you’re not working the knee hard enough. Currently we’re working on “e-centric” strength, the quad muscles that allow you to lift up and come down on stairs. We’re also down to twice a week.
The best thing I heard last week was my therapist saying that my flexibility (140 degrees) is the best she’s ever seen at this stage of ACL recovery.
If I had to pick one inconvenience, it still remains quite uncomfortable to stay seated or standing for any extended period of time. Getting up every few minutes to stretch things out is essential.