I was in total denial of this. Being a Harvard grad, I thought I knew everything... boy, was I wrong! I've been playing basketball since I was 4 all the way through college. I still play pick-up games in the city, but my main love now is CrossFit and running. Back in January 2013, I was squatting some really heavy weight and instead of "Pop Goes the Weasel," pop went my knee. Fast forward to now, and I'm currently recovering from having my knee scoped along with a lateral release.
Sports injuries are so common. The wear and tear we athletes inflict on our bodies is deceiving; that wear is felt long after the "glory days" that we have yet to accept as the "glory days." And those injuries? They probably rival in number to your amount of Instagram followers. Ain't nobody got time to 1) live in excessive amounts of pain and 2) park it on the couch for weeks on end after surgery. So, how do you recover?
OK, all of you can't be spoiled like I was during my latest knee surgery, but if she's available, take advantage! The less you have to depend on yourself for just a few days, the more relaxing and rewarding your recovery time will be.
Note: All my single ladies, follow this advice. If you're not married or have a long-time boyfriend, don't count on any man to care for you after surgery. The solution is not slapping a steak on it or rubbing some dirt on that incision site. Leave the caretaking to your mom or girlfriends. Men are babies when it comes to pain!
Rest, ice, compression and elevation. Let me break it down further...
If "they" try to make you go to rehab, you need to be screaming "yes, yes, yes." Physical rehabilitation is the essential step in making a full recovery. Having a formal program of physical therapy is quite beneficial, but if you're anything like me (fabulous, hard-headed, anxious to be active) and accustomed to a very intense exercise program, make sure you ask your surgeon at your first post-op before returning to it.
Here are two extra tips if you're needing to recover from knee surgery.
While the above two activities sound like good ideas, I'm reminded of the e-card: "My life is just a bunch of 'it seemed like a good idea at the time' strung together." Don't be me!
Your goals during recovery are to manage your symptoms and regain pain-free strength and function. Full recovery is a process; don't expect a miracle overnight. However, if you go into your surgery prepared for the post-op process, you'll be armed with the information to reach your recovery goals in the most efficient manner possible.
Strong is beautiful. And fully recovering from surgery before jumping back into your badassness is highly recommended. Your body will thank you in the long run.
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