Day 2 is going to be the start of my post operative ACL recovery exercises. But the most important thing today is to control the ACL Surgery Pain. First thing today I returned to the clinic and had the drain removed before Tracy and I drove the 1 hr home. For the next few weeks during my ACL surgery recovery my home base is in the living room. Today was also the first day where I have started some post operative acl surgery recovery exercises including….
- Ankle pumps
- Ankle circles
- Heels slides
- Quadriceps setting
- Straight leg raising
I will create some videos tomorrow showing how I go about and complete each of these exercises.
ACL Surgery Pain Management
To maintain the low pain level I have been lucky enough to have I have set up a series of alarms to keep me regularly taking the medication.
Percocet & Tylenol Extra Strength – I have 1 alarm which goes off every 4 hours when I take 1 percocet and 1 extra strength tylenol. This has changed from yesterday when I was taking 2 percocet but they mess up my head too much.
Oxycotin – I also have 1 alarm which goes off every 8 hours which is when I take 1 oxycotin pill.
By maintaining a regular timing of all the medication I have found the pain to be much more manageable than my first surgery when I would take it whenver the pain came which was always too late. Hopefully I will begin cutting back on the pain medication a few days into the ACL surgery recovery.
“After surgical reconstruction of the ACL, most people tell us that the first two weeks is really quite a painful period, and we don’t try and hide that from the patient. We try and control that with pain medications, with frequent application of ice and (with) compressive garments to get the swelling in the knee down.” Source http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/acl-injury/MM00264
The Top 5 At Home Exercises
I did that helped get me walking 4 days after surgery
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