by Anura Guruge
Prior posts on this blog.
I had my major knee surgery to reattach a completely busted quad tendon on March 7, 2019, i.e., roughly 11-months ago.
As soon as I was permitted to walk without crutches — i.e., after 6-weeks — I started a rigorous exercise regime which sees me walking around 7-8 miles a day. To start with I wore a proper brace on my damaged knee. After about 3 months of that I discovered compression sleeves.
I got HOOKED on them. And that was the CLUE.
I got hooked on them.
I wore them on both knees. They were super comfortable, provided great support and made both knees feel great. Pain was never a factor. I lucked out! I was pain free within 2-weeks of surgery. Great surgery and I am strange.
But, this got me thinking.
No gain without pain.
If it is too good to be true.
I think about these things.
Did some research. Yes, I could have continued wearing them, all the time, as I had done.
But, they were REDUCING the muscle & tendon strength I was gaining from all my exercise. Oh! I do 23-minutes on a stationary bike, most days too.
So, I have cut back on using the sleeves. Cut back quite dramatically.
Most days I don’t use them at all, at all. No problem so far. No pain. Knees haven’t buckled.
I do wear them if I conditions underfoot are bad. Want my knees supported if I fall.
So, that is the new regime. Hope this helps.
Do some research. Basically, it boils down to: “too much of a good thing“.
I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics‘
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.
There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.
by Anura Guruge