Cycling and Rehab
I have been an avid cyclist for most of my 45 years. Road and commuting are my favorites with hundreds of miles a year under my belt cycling to work everyday (rain, snow, shine or whatever) for three years. It went from being an interest to a passion in the midst of those years and little did I know it would help me in the way it did.
In April of 2012 I underwent a much needed left knee total replacement. The surgery went fine and two weeks following surgery started rehab. In the first week of rehab the therapists were shocked that I was as far along as I was after one of the most severe total replacements they had ever seen. After at the start of my third week of therapy they finally allowed me to climb on the stationary bike to do half circles. After ten minutes of doing so I was doing full revolutions and maintaining ten mph. Two weeks later I maintaining 15 miles per hour for half an hour at a time and walking with no pain. Yes, there was still the after surgery instability and weakness but my range of motion was incredible for that length of time following the operation and I completed 12 weeks of rehab in just six weeks. The doctor, therapists and I all agree that my cycling before the surgery prepared me and helped me to overcome the obstacles that many face in record time.