Recovery week #5 is down after ACL surgery. As you can see in the picture above, the scar is healing nicely. The leg on the top is my right leg which has had the recent ACL surgery.
This week i got to test my knee out a bit in the pool. My physiotherapy clinic has a "Swimex" pool which is probably about 12-14 feet long and 5 feet deep. It has jets on both ends to simulate a current and can get very challenging even for the strongest swimmer. For me however, being 5 weeks out of knee surgery, the current was kept on the low end. The pool exercises weren't too exciting. Keeping my knee straight, i had to do side leg lifts into the current. Then, with my back facing the current and keeping my leg straight, i had to do backward leg lifts, also against the current. After that i had to do some backwards walking and light running against the current. I tried forwards walking but that seemed a little more difficult for the stage I'm at right now. After the Swimex session i felt that my knee got a good work out but the next day, oh boy was my knee sore....a good sore, but sore.
That was the main highlight of my week. I did manage to get 2 days of pool exercises in addition to my standard balancing and leg strengthening routine. Overall my knee feels good. My Patella sometime feels weird but i think that may be due to the scar tissue around the incision. I see my surgeon for a follow up on July 8th and will be asking him about it. There is also some pain in the back of my knee, especially when im stretching my hamstring but i'm told that is normal for the stage i'm. Other than that, I am able to lead a normal boring life. By boring, i mean, basically i can go to work which is 80% a desk job and also do most things around the house, like cutting the grass. Still a long way to go before sports are in the picture, although, using the pool was a positive sign. Swimming may not be too far into the future.
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