It’s a big day in my rehabilitation program – 18 months since surgery. Why is this significant? All the literature surrounding tibial plateau fracture and surgery says that
improvement is most noticeable in the first 12 months of rehabilitation and can continue for up to 18 months. There is no suggestion anywhere in the research that recovery
continues after 18 months. So what I have now is what I will have for the rest of my life. It’s worth a review to see where you get to after 18 months of continuous
rehabilitation, involving weekly sessions with a personal trainer concentrating solely on post-surgical recovery.
In essence I can:
- Walk continuously, climb up and down hills, climb up and down stairs and hike carrying a heavy backpack with no sign of pain or discomfort. I have tested my climbing ability on a very steep cliff near the Grand Canyon and found no noticeable difference in strength either going up or going down in either leg. There was no noticeable difference in fatigue in either leg
- Perform sophisticated gym exercises including heavy leg presses, one legged squats and numerous sets on a leg extension machine without any pain or excessive fatigue
- Perform exercises that require balancing on the broken leg while performing other exercises. My balance on the broken leg is now almost as good as on the unbroken leg although it has not recovered completely to where it was before the accident
- Get shoes and boots on and off with no difficulty or discomfort.
- Get comfortably on and off an escalator leading with either leg.
Most significantly, I am not in any pain. In this sense, being pain-free, I have made a complete recovery. [Read more…]