James’ Knee Arthroscopy
I sustained a tear on the inner rim of my medial meniscus. It hurt and made a pop when I landed and gradually I became less able to walk and climb stairs. Dog walking made me sore and grumpy….. Exercising just left me in pain. I had had some regular treatment on this, since the injury and it was not helping.
I chose to go and get my knee scanned. I took home the disc and looked at the images at home. Immediately, it was apparent that there was a tear in an area that takes load and the snapping was my meniscus being pushed out of the way.
Grrrrrr. Next step was to see Adrian Fairbank. A knee orthopaedic surgeon. I did not take this step with easily. I had had 10 treatments and this and the exercises were not working. The tipping point for me was when my function was actually getting worse!
Adrian was thorough. He questioned, examined and looked at the MRI and confirmed my thoughts. I had medical insurance and so we decided to try to fix this as soon as….. ‘Soon as’ was two days later!!
The operation went without any concerns or problems and I was home just after lunch. I had been given some very basic post operative exercises to keep my knee mobile and help with the inflammation. I did as I was asked.
I had some pain and anti-inflammatory medication and due to the higher risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) post surgery, I was told I needed to wear a stocking for 2 weeks. This went all the way from my left foot up to the top of my thigh!
Why are there risks of DVT. Here is a link
After two days of ‘pottering’ and some time off my feet. I started to do a little bit more. Just little bits of walking is good – I was limping and it was sore, so I was careful to avoid doing too much. What I did start to do was more on my other leg. I started to do some basic single leg squats and some pistol squats and for my upper body, I used my TRX to start pushing and pulling work. It is important to keep the upper body control there. I feel that many people have such a large disassociation between their lower and upper bodies. The balance, in my opinion, needs to be better.
It was still pretty sore and my range of motion still limited. Stockings were still to be worn for the next 10 days.
Squatting and adding load to my left knee was still too much, so I was starting to do some hand/arm reaches with my feet in various positions. I was trying to be as functional as possible with my exercises. These were really to keep my body working as an integrated unit. If my legs were wide appart with my left leg forward, I could reach with my right hand to the left at shoulder height or take my left hand overhead to the right.
I managed to walk for just over a mile. I actually felt I could do more. But felt I should be sensible as I was still only 4 days post surgery. What would I be telling my patients?? ‘Rest a bit and give it time for the swelling and the inflammation to subside’. ‘Add in exercises gently’.
Tomorrow we are to set off to Cornwall for almost two weeks. This is one of the reasons why I chose to have my knee done at this time. I could then use my time away to rehab my knee to give it the very best chance it could get. We were driving early, hoping to miss the morning traffic. So we packed the car today. This involved a fair amount of stairs and carrying bags and some kettlebells?! As part of my rehab work, I had decided to take with me the RIP trainer, the TRX and various kettlebells. I often use these along the rest of my training as the TRX is about ‘body weight’ exercises which I love and they can both be used extremely effectively for multidirectional training.
For some pretty dumb reason, I made it my business to put most of this into the car from the garden including and many trips up and down the stairs.
Getting up early, my knee was more stiff and more painful than yesterday. I suspect sleeping on my side my knees a little bent did not help and then almost 6 hours in a car (with knee bent). Grumble……I then did some more lifting to empty the car. …. More grumble…. I was suffering for my excess yesterday and this morning! I had done way, way too much. Bit of a wake-up call really. Quite simply, it was my body telling me that I had done too much. It was also more puffy than it had been. But I suppose this is to expected. We decided to put my leg up and straighten it for a bit – this did feel good and it helped calm it. I then also did some more of the exercises I was given at the hospital to encourage drainage and reduce swelling.
This is MY story of MY knee. Everyone will be different. It is important to get advice from your osteopath or physiotherapist with regards to your rehab post surgery. YOUR rehabilitation is crucial ……. you do need to do this to give your body the very best chances for full recovery.
This is not advice about what should happen. These are the opinions of Back to Back only. If you are in any way concerned about your knee or other muscle or joint, please contact an osteopath or physiotherapist or other good health professional.