Within a couple of weeks Mike, could drive, and after a month, he lost the crutches. After making three visits a week for nearly four months, Mike progressed. He could now do full weight-baring exercises and safely returned to the treadmill.
“That was the happiest day I had,” he added. “I love to run, and it felt so good to be able to do it again, even though it was only for a few minutes.”
At five months, he was cleared to return to low-level soccer. Mike found a pickup game and was supposed to play for only 20 minutes. He felt good and was so excited to return to the field that he played for 40 minutes and paid for it afterwards.
“I learned my lesson,” Mike said. “I was definitely sore, but fortunately didn’t do any damage. Within two days the pain went away, but I realized that as good as I was feeling, it would still take more time before I was 100%.”
“For young highly-active people like Mike, the rehab process can be a bit frustrating; it takes time to return to rigorous and demanding sports like soccer and running,” Marshall added. “On the positive side, he was really good about listening to his body and really knowing what he was capable of doing and how much he could push himself. It is important also for the patient to communicate that to the therapist.”
A full seven months after surgery, Mike is fully cleared for sports (but too busy for his pickup games). He is, however, thoroughly enjoying his long four-to-five mile runs a couple of times a week and getting back to the gym.