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Most of you know that my recovery was completely halted at 8 months last October when I developed severe stenosis in my spine at L2/L3. Had to wait until this March to get the surgery...plus the 2-month, no-activity recovery. Including the pre-op knee pain, that's a total of EIGHTEEN MONTHS of zero exercise. All my muscles are very tight and very weak...or so I thought.
Spine doc ordered a few PT sessions just to learn the exercises to get my back strong again without injuring all the fusion work. PT (interestingly, the same one that did my knee) tested me out. Yes, very, very tight and very weak in some movements. Then he made me walk up some stairs...and that turned out OK. I was very surprised. No railing, no bouncing, just used my quads to do alternate steps like normal people.
Then he told me to do two steps at a time...AND I DID IT!!!! No weakness, no railing, no bouncing, no nuttin'. Just flew up the steps two at a time. Like the clouds parted and I was standing in a ray of light!!!
Explanation: Muscle memory. The PT said that because I had such strong legs to begin with (those decades of hockey), I was able to overcome the short-term weakness with deep, underlying muscle strength. WOOHOO!!!! A gift from above.
So...the take away... Lots of people wonder if PRE-op exercising will do them any good. I don't know about quad work for just a few weeks but if you have very strong legs from years of exercise or sports, then you may experience the luck that I just encountered. Yes, I still have a lot of work to do but this was an amazing start for me. May not be true for everyone, but it gave me hope that my concurrent knee and spine strengthening will not require me to start completely from scratch.
I wish the same for all of you. Stay strong, gang. Sometimes there's a ray of light just around the next corner for you too.
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