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