Avid bicyclist starting PT on Monday

Posted on September 17th, 2008 in Uncategorized

I was becoming an avid bicyclist (5-30 mile trips at the most) over the past 2 years.  I’ve been excited to read some posts by other people saying how much stationary biking plays a part in their rehab.  Being on my second recovery (1st rupture June 1st, 2nd July 24th), I have lost my entire summer.  I live on a bicycle friendly street, so sitting around all summer and watching people bike by my house has been both agonizing and inspiring.

I live in the northeast, so I know it will be awhile before I can bike outside again.  I find myself watching cyclists as they pass by and studying their achilles/ankle area.  I wonder how much the achilles actually has to do with that motion???  You’re not “launching” off on every motion, it’s pretty fluid.  So, as previously mentioned, I am very excited to read that a stationary bike is a big part in rehab.  Which to me, means bicycling is closer to becoming a reality than I previously thought. 

I ruptured playing basketball.  But what I missed most (other than working, running around with my son, hiking, swimming, walking like it’s a normal thing) was going on a Sunday afternoon bike ride.  That was a joy I first realized last summer, and I couldn’t wait for THIS summer, so I could expand upon my afternoon rides.  I had new rides planned out and new towns I wanted to ride to.  I planned a rails-to-trails weekend trip.   I even planned on buying a new bike this summer. 

So now the thought of riding a stationary bike in a physical therapist’s office is the most exciting news I could receive.  This injury is a pain in the you-know-what, but there’s no better way to appreciate something so simple as walking or riding a bike within a concrete room.


One Response

  1. riding a stationary bike is not too bad really. when we ride the real bike our ball on the foot is on the spindle and it gives the achilles a lot of strain , you need to modify were the spindle is at the arch of the foot so the achilles wont strain too much and the quads will be the one generating a lot of effort.

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