I have had this happen before so I was pretty sure I had at a minimum, a torn meniscus
(had two previous tears same knee). So I was referred to physical therapy which I spent two times.
during my PT visits I asked a lot of questions and learned proper ways to strengthen my knee and the surrounding muscles around it. I spent the next four plus months doing just that. I utilized our exercise equipment and our onsite corporate Personal trainer and Health Coach.
Mike Waymeyer Utilities MillerCoors, Trenton
Major was able, with the information I gathered from my PT, to customize a program to strengthen my knee area. I worked with him two days a week and the rest of the days I exercised on my own.
I had surgery Tuesday august 19th. I had a torn meniscus, cartilage damage and scare tissue on my knee. I spent one day on two crutches, one day on one crutch and on the third day I was walking on my own. I returned to work on Monday august 25th with no restrictions. I had my first post-surgery PT on Thursday September 4th. When I walked into the PT area the physical therapist could not believe that I had surgery just 16 days prior. After talking he was even more shocked to find out it was my third time on that knee, the damaged found and that I was 54 years old.
I explained to him in depth the things that I had done in my pre-op preparation. To which he attributed my speedy recovery. Since the time of my surgery, Major has been able to use the knowledge and experience that he has gained to assist others who are going through knee and other joint pain. He has also incorporated different aspects of PT into those workouts of individuals who are not experiencing problems at this time. The thought is to try an d strengthen those areas to prevent injuries from happening or if they do happen help to minimize the damage.
I am a firm believer that if you gt yourself prepared prior to your surgery your recovery time will be much shorter. Only you can make that happen.
MCW, Preventive Maintenance Training