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16 Weeks Post Op
16 Weeks Post Op. It’s pretty crazy to look back at the past 4 months of my recovery from ACL reconstructive surgery and see just how far i’ve come. I feel like I say this in every road to recovery post but it’s true. At 16 weeks post op I am allowed to start jumping and I am finishing up my Return to Run program. I am officially running for 30+ minutes straight and ran my first 5k on the treadmill last weekend. As for my fitness routine, I continuing to go to spin classes, yoga classes and do general strength training at PT and at the gym. I do feel general fatigue after standing or walking around for too long, but other than that I am not too limited in life.
- Agility ladder- Forward, back, side to side, diagonal, etc
- Hops over line- Forward and back, Side to Side
- Single Leg Squats to 14″ Box- 30 reps both legs
- Goblet Squats- 30 Reps
- Foam Roll vs Wall- 3 reps of 45 second holds, Both legs
- Wall Sits- 3 reps of 45 second holds
- Mountain Climbers- 3 reps of 45 seconds
- Side Lunges- 30 Reps
- Plank Holds- 3 reps of 30 second holds
- Balancing Exercises on AirX pad
- Curtsy Squats- 30 Reps, Both Legs
My last doctor appointment was this past week and he is very happy with my progress and recovery. I am prescribed for another 6 weeks of PT but that will hopefully be my last appointment with my doctor. In another 2 months I will be cleared to get back to everything I want to get back to. I need to continue to strengthen my quad and build muscle to diminish the 3cm circumference difference between both legs. The atrophy of the surgical leg is still a concept i’m getting used to.. 4 months later.
I hope that my recovery will continue to progress and in another 6 weeks I will be off on my own from PT. This journey has tested me in various ways and has helped to teach me to slow down and listen to my body. Overdoing it with exercise was a consistent habit of mine pre-injury so i’ve worked hard to adjust my habits and not over do it.
Week 12 Post Op
Friends. We’ve made it. Week 12 Post Op. It’s pretty incredible to look back on the past 12 weeks and see how much progress I have made in only 3 months. I’ve gone from not being able to walk without a crutch or brace to being able to take SoulCycle to getting back on the treadmill. The human body is pretty cool. The past 3-4 weeks have been a “danger zone” for my new ACL and i’ve had to remain cautious during this time as my new ACL was very weak during this time period. My physical therapist explained that my new ACL was transforming from the Patellar Tendon that it was into a ligament. PT has been a great workout the past week and it leaves me pretty tired after the hour long session. I will still be in PT 2x per week until the end of July and then I will be going down to 1x per week.
- Elliptical- 5 minutes to warm up
- Single Leg Squats- 30 each leg
- Double Leg Squats on the Bosu- 30 reps
- Inchworms- 3 laps
- High to Low Boats- 30 reps
- Walking Lunges- 3 laps
- Lateral Lunges- 30 reps each leg
- Mountain Climbers- 3 reps of 45 seconds
- Foam Roll vs The wall- 3 reps of 45 second holds, Both Legs
- Step Ups- 18″, 30 reps each leg
- Curtsey Lunges- Using TRX for support, 30 reps each leg
- Exercise Ball Plank to Hip Hike Up- 30 Reps
- Single Leg balance with Weight- 30 reps
- Goblet Squat- 15 pounds, 30 reps
- RETURN TO RUN PROGRAM!
Outside of PT I am staying very active by going to yoga classes at Core Power Yoga. I was only taking HPF (Hot Power Fusion) which is a set sequence class and once I felt strong enough I graduated to my favorite class C2 which is the level 2 vinyasa flow class. I take about 3 yoga classes per week. I also fit in a few spin classes at studios around Chicago. I usually take 1 Soul Cycle class per week, 1 FlyWheel class on the weekend (which leaves me BEYOND sweaty as you can see in photo below) and then another class at the gym or the new studio in the West Loop, CycleX.
I’ve added swimming into my regular workout regimen and I’ve found that swimming is a good way to spend 30 minutes exercising that won’t leave me completely exhausted. I start triathlon training in a few weeks but for now I am focusing on my Return to Run Program. This program has 3 workouts per week and builds the amount of running time on the treadmill form 30 seconds and adds 30 seconds to each run rep every exercise day. I started yesterday with 5 reps of 30 second runs and then walking for 4.5 minutes in between. It tests my patience but that seems the be the theme of ACL Recovery all together.
In 4 weeks I am going back the doctor for another check up. I also can start jumping at 16 weeks post op. This road to recovery is long but only gets better every week. I’m beyond grateful that I have made it to 12 weeks post op and can focus on the next stage of my recovery.
7 Weeks Post Op
Here I am. ACL Reconstruction 7 weeks later. It’s hard to believe that next week will be 2 months post op. There are days where it feels like my surgery was forever ago and other days that feel like I was just in the operating room. My knee is feeling pretty good these days. I am going down to PT 2x per week starting next week because I am looking stronger each day. My balance is improving and I am capable of doing more things. I still cannot run, jump or use the stairmaster but HEY, who likes the stairmaster anyways?
I do miss running though. I am only 5 weeks away from starting to run again. These next few weeks are busy for me, so hopefully time just flies by and i’ll be at 12 weeks post op in no time.
- Hamstring curls on the workout ball, 30 reps
- Wall Sits, 3 reps of 30 second holds
- Single Leg Sit to Stand, 30 reps each leg
- Weighted Roman Dead Lift (RDLs): 30 reps each leg
- Squats: Wall squats, squats on the flat side of a bosu, squats to a chair: 30 reps
- Side Steps: 3 laps down and back
- Leg Extensions: 30 reps
- Elliptical: 5 minutes to warm up for PT, 30 minutes at the gym
- Stationary Bike: 45 minutes on days with no PT
- Balancing Exercises: Single Leg balance on bosu:3 reps of 30 second holds, each leg
- TKEs with resistance band, balancing on one leg: 30 reps
- Step Ups: 14″ block, 30 reps each side
- Single Leg Bridges: 30 reps, each leg
- Downdog– LOTS of DD
PT hasn’t changed much aside from taking away balance aids, adding weight or minor increases to intensity. My leg is feeling stronger, and my muscles are slowly returning. You can still tell that my right leg is smaller and weaker but it has come a long way the past 7 weeks. I even was able to take a spin class at my gym last weekend. I was sore after but I kept up and was proud of my progress. I see my doctor tomorrow morning and I am looking forward to seeing what he thinks of my progress and what I will be cleared to start doing again. I am hopefully going to take a PAWs benefit spin class at Studio Three this Saturday afternoon, so I really hope he clears me to use clip in shoes (which are required by this studio).
As I have said several times throughout this series of recovery posts, this injury has helped me to listen to my body and slow down in general. I still love to plan and have things to do, but I can also take an afternoon for myself and just chill.
ACL Road to Recovery
Friends, Followers, Fellow Injur-ees looking for inspiration and community,
I would like to share my new journey to share with you all. An extremely unexpected life event happened almost two weeks ago. I tore my ACL while skiing out in Utah. The dreaded “pop” sound/feeling every athlete dreads happened to me. It wasn’t painful, but it was devestating. I am up and walking around very well and do not require crutches. My ego is bruised but otherwise I am pretty healthy. Just lacking a fully functioning ACL.
In a week and a half, I am slated to go into surgery. The past two weeks I have worked my butt off in a way I didn’t know was possible just to prepare for this surgery. As soon as I felt that dreaded “pop”, I was forced to immediately give up running, fast flowing vinyasa yoga, bootcamp/sculpt classes, and my new found love of boxing classes. I went through about an hour long crying/sobbing uncontrollably about how awful this was and how terrible my life will be. My husband sat patiently next to me holding my hand and once I started to calm down he reminded me that I am a tough woman and a torn ACL will not hold me back. I will be as psychotically active as I can be and that rehab will be my new passion for a few months. The most important thing he reminded me of is that I can do this. Yes my life will change but I am fully capable to getting through this.
Here I am. 2 weeks post injury. In physical therapy or as I like to call it “prehab” twice per week and doing at home PT exercises 2 times per day every day. My current goals include: strengthening my quad, being able to balance on my right leg for over 30 seconds, and gain my full range of motion back. I’ve bought a spin bike and instead of running 4-5 times per week I am spinning and have taken on YouTube spin classes.After 45 minutes I am fully dripping with sweat and pushing myself to get stronger. I am motivated.
I recently read a quote on Pinterest which motivated me to share this journey with you all:
“It’s important that we share our experiences with other people. Your story will heal you and your story will heal somebody else. When you tell your story, you free yourself and give other people permission to acknowledge their story” Iyanla Vazant.
This is my story. My ACL road to recovery. I will get further into how I tore my ACL. How I am putting my health and new fitness level first, and how I will get back to where I want to be and then pass that level and get to a level I never knew I could be at.
Telling this story is just as much for me as it is for you. Being able to journal/blog my experiences is my way of coping with this injury. This is my recovery diary. I hope you all enjoy and learn from this. For those of you that are seeking solace from a fellow ACL tear patient- I know how devastated you feel. This will get better. We can do this. Never doubt yourself.
After a week long hiatus Friday Faves is back! This week’s articles are centered around being kind to your mind and body. If you’ve read my article about my recent ACL Tear then you’ll understand why I chose this theme. Have an amazing weekend and enjoy this week’s Friday Faves.
- 30 Minutes for some Back Pain Relief Pilates. Yes please!
- Be good to your body. 22 Delicious Ways to Eat Veggies Without Even Trying.
- Looking forward to summer? Same. Here’s a Summer Bucket List to start your planning.
- Eat healthier while at the airport. Because those calories should be saved for your actual vacation.
- Stressed or overwhelmed? Treat anxiety naturally.