been lurking for a while…time to write (7 weeks post-op)

I am 7 weeks post-surgery and just went to 50% weight-bearing with one crutch.  Still in the boot.  I ruptured my AT snowboarding in Utah (Brighton) on March 8th.  I just went to turn toe-side and it popped.  I am a 40 year old female full-time attorney in DC with two kids, ages 7 and 9, and I teach spinning and power yoga on the side.  I am very active so this has been challenging for me.

About 10 days post-surgery, I figured out that I can use the rowing machine with one leg so I’ve been rowing at the gym almost every day for 30 minutes.  Aside from my injured leg, I think I am in better shape than I was before the injury.  I taught my first yoga class since the injury last night and, although I can’t do a lot of it myself, I was able to talk the students through class pretty well.  It’s also amazing how much you can do with one leg.  I am going to PT twice a week and this is my third week - it’s helping a lot.

I’d love to hear from anyone who ruptured their AT snowboarding or who has gone back to snowboarding after ATR.  I’d also like to hear when folks first started cycling, indoors or outdoors, while clipped into the pedals.

3 Responses to “been lurking for a while…time to write (7 weeks post-op)”

  1. I started riding the stationary bike clipped in to the pedals in PT week 2 which was 6 weeks post op. It is part of all of my PT sessions since.

    Good luck with your recovery, I know it is even more difficult for people like us who are extremely active.

  2. Hi there,
    Welcome to the club.
    FYI I learned how to snowboard at Brighton while I was visiting corporate headquarter in Provo.

    Unlike you I injured myself playing basketball.

    I riding my bike with a wind trainer for 2 weeks now. I also still have a boot on.

    I am also doing lite weight training.

    I so understand what you are going through being an active person and trying to keep some type of workout going.

    A word of caution is to dont go overboard. I am sure you know this. Let your body dictate what you should be doing. There are too many stories of reinjury on here.

    I wish you well and speed recovery.
    If I can help you in any way please give me a shout.


  3. Hey there!

    I live in Denver area and snowboard all the time, I am 13 weeks post op, wont be able to snowboard until next season, I was stunned to hear you did it snowboarding. I would think that with the boots it would prevent your achilles from pulling. Sorry to hear. You will be all healed up and able to get back at em next season. I have heard from others that have had the injury and have been fine snowboarding or skiing the following season.

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