Marc_April2012 (217.156.145.---) 6:27am May 18 2012
At 6 weeks post op my fractures are apparently healing but still clearly visable on x ray. Rather optimistically hoped I would FWB at 6 weeks but the consultant tells me I can only PWB 10-20% for the next 4 weeks on crutches. Was pretty cut up about this.
Anyway, I was well into fitness (keen cyclist & marital artist) before my accident (came off my motorbike) and had done no training since the accident. I felt awful, out of shape, lethargic and depressed. Until last night! I cycled on my exercise bike one legged for 15 mins with my broken right leg (no cast) on a cushion on the handlebars and did some dumbells on bench together with some stretching and ab work. It felt great! I was buzzing, happy and have no adverse reactions today. Just really good to get the endorphines flowing once more.
So I'm thinking of building at least an hour of one legged cycling (which CV wise is exactly the same exertion as 2 legged) with stretching and weights on top of that. Luckily my right leg was always stronger than my left on the bike so see this as a good chance to strengthen my left whilst the right recovers.
Does anyone have a view as to whether working out in this way may actually slow down the recovery? I see my physio next week and will ask but would be grateful for any views.
2 April 12: motorbike accident - right leg tib spiral fracture & fib oblique fracture
4 April 12: tib 40cm titanium rod with 2 screws
15 May 12 :10-20% PWB
16 June 12: 20-50% PWB
15 July 12: 50% - FWB
23 July 12: FWB