Marcus’ rehabilitation journey – We all know injuries happen and are a part of being human. And although the injury can be painful and debilitating it’s important to recover well, to be smart, to do your rehabilitation consistently, and to come back stronger than before.

Recently Marcus, one of our physiotherapists injured his “good” knee seriously during training.
A thorough assessment is the key to understanding what is going on and the best way to treat not just the injury but the person as a whole. Here Roshan Wijeratene, Physiotherapist is helping Marcus get back on his feet after carefully examining his movement and function. During the early stages of rehabilitation, it’s critical to seek the best advice and to keep moving regularly albeit cautiously, and within your limitations.
 Marcus' rehabilitation journey
“At the time of injury I didn’t think it was that bad, but after a few minutes I couldn’t even stand up, the pain started to hit me and the swelling started. A few hours later I had a feeling this wasn’t going to be good and shed a few tears thinking the worst. But I’m grateful to my friends and colleagues for their support and wisdom so far” Marcus Edwardes, Physiotherapist.

Preparing for surgery

Typically for most injuries, surgery is a last resort. Often as physiotherapists, we try non-surgical treatment first, which will usually include exercise-based therapy to improve movement, mobility, function and strength.


Marcus rehabilitation journey


After I injured my knee I sought physiotherapy help and advice straight away. Based on their assessment and my previous personal and clinical experience it became clear there was reasonably serious intra-articular (within) knee joint damage most likely affecting the meniscus.

I had all the symptoms of a meniscal injury including significant swelling, an inability to fully straighten my knee, sensations of clicking, locking and catching and an inability to weight bear or even walk properly. It was really a matter of how bad the damage actually was.

To work this out completely I had to see my GP who then referred me on to get an MRI scan as well as a surgical opinion. Once I had all this information it was an easy decision to get surgery not only for my now very injured left knee but the right one as well, which I injured 3 years ago surfing.

Sometimes getting surgery isn’t an easy decision. There are just so many factors to consider including your own individual needs, circumstances and goals. So get all the information and advice you need to make an informed decision.

Here I am preparing for surgery, trying to improve my left knee function whilst ensuring my right knee is as strong and robust as possible. One of the best things you can do to prepare for surgery is to get as much function, movement and strength back to the injured area. This will help your recovery and benefit you in the long term when you return to sport and other activities you enjoy.

Stay tuned for more updates about this journey.

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Meanwhile, anyone can reach out to staff members at (02) 6210 0060 to ask questions or schedule an in-person appointment.