workout after knee surgery

by RiderGal

I am a 55 yr. old female gym rat. I work out 5-7 days a week. I have had ORIF of my Left Femur (supracondylar fracture) Additionally I have had a miniscetomy? And repair of my ACL. Since that time, I have run in numerous 5k, 10k, half marathons, and sprint triathlons. I also lift weights/strength train two to three days a week, and take Spin classes. My question: I am undergoing an MRI in a couple days to see what damage is done on my Left knee. All of a sudden, with no change in my work out routine, my knee is swollen, stiff, and will lock up. I fear that I will need a knee replacement. What are the chances that I will be able to regain my mobility and get back to the gym and the lifestyle I love???? Is it possible?


First, for the previous injuries and surgeries you've had on that knee, the activities you are engaged in could bring the possibility of a knee replacement closer. Impact activities such as running, especially with a history of having some of your meniscus removed, can lead to early arthritic changes. I love the weight lifting and the spin classes but the running is probably what is irritating the knee. I would be surprised if an ortho doctor would not tell you the same thing.

Of course it does not sound like you've had any treatment thus far and anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, and injections can help. But, based on your symptoms it sounds like you are playing with fire a bit. If you want to avoid having a knee replacement (after which you definitely won't go back to the running), I would begin conservative treatment of meds and PT and avoid any impact activities.

Good luck.
~JTrempe PT, ATC

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