Getting Back to Cycling After Knee Arthroscopy Surgery

By:Heloise Peixoto

To the Cyclist 

cycling after knee arthroscopyYou're a cyclists, it's what you wake up to do every morning and go to sleep thinking about. We get it, and choosing knee arthroscopy is probably the best decision you could have made as far as how you 

approach your existing knee problem.

Cycling is a low impact exercise which means that there is minimal stress being impacted on your lower extremities. Your surgeon or physical therapist will let you know what your timeframe is for recovery but you shouldn't be surprised to hear that cycling might actually be part of your workout regimen on your road to recovery. According to the Advanced Orthopedic and Sports Medicine School of Colorado, both, road and stationary bikes are acceptable forms of exercise--pretty great, right?There are approximately 4 million knee arthroscopy surgeries conducted every year and the recovery time varies but on average is between 4 to 8 weeks. When compared to other surgical procedures knee arthroscopy takes the cake. Which for you means getting back on your bike sooner!

You should pay attention on how your knee is positioned, It should be so that when your knee is fully extended it still has a slight bend to it. Work from 10 minutes a session on low resistance and work your way up to at least 20 minutes and warm up on low resistance and warm up to full resistance. 

Word of Caution to the Cyclist

knee arthroscopy

It's normal to feel some discomfort following knee arthroscopy, however, when cycling you should feel no pain what-so-ever. The moment you do, we advise that you stop immediately and consult your physician. Further stress to your knee could result in worse damage, and you definitely do not want that. Not only does it mean potentially more surgery, but it most certainly means you won't be on the road again for a while longer. 

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