I had a knee replacement in April of 2017 and started my physical therapy at ARI directly after my surgery. My first few visits were difficult as I had very little range of motion, but I was determined to make this knee replacement work for me.
Prior to my knee problems, I became very active and was training for an Ironman race. Two weeks before my Ironman race, my knee started giving out on me and I could no longer run, but I could walk. I completed the Ironman race in October of 2016, but soon after that my knee got worse. I could no longer walk without a limp, I could hardly bend my knee and I was in constant pain due to osteoarthritis, torn meniscus, and bone spurs.
So, after surgery and when my PT started, I was determined that I was going to get back to being active again. I went to PT as schedule and worked hard (even grunting and screaming) to get my ROM where it needed to be. When at home, I did my PT exercises 3x a day; in the morning, early afternoon, and then again in the evening.
In a matter of 8 weeks, I was able to start leading spin classes again at the local gym; a couple of weeks later, I was out on the road bike doing what I love…cycling!
Thanks to the Physical Therapists that worked with me and pushed me at ARI, and my own discipline, I was able to graduate from ARI, return to work, and I am beginning to get back to my active lifestyle.
Thanks to the ARI staff and a special thank you to Marie, the intern whom I worked with most days. She will have a bright future ahead of her.