Today I recieved an outsider’s perspective on my recovery process. This P.O.V. came from a physical therapist. I got my range of motion (ROM) measured in terms of how far I could bend and straighten my knee. At best, I can comfortably bend my knee at 77 degrees. Since I can reach 110 degrees in my passive motion machine, I thought I’d do a little better than 77, but it just means there is room for improvement. On the bright side, the therapist said my straightening is great, but my bending could use work. She then added that people who had better straightening than bending early on experiecned greater success in rehab.
A quick recap of some new excercises I did today, 10 days post-op:
-Half-circles on the bike (I actually got on the stationary today and pedaled a half circle forward and backward until I couldn’t stand it.)
-Leg Straightening on the excercise ball (Lie on your back, dig your heels into in the top of the ball and lift your buttocks off the ground to straighten the leg.)
-Hamstring Curls on the excercise ball (Same deal as the previous one, but don’t lift the buttocks, just pull the ball closer to you.)
What excercises did you find most helpful two weeks post-op?