My knee surgery is fast approaching and I'm excited to get it over with and start rehab. When I first injured my knee I tore my MCL and ACL which help support each other and it made for a very sore and unstable knee. Not a lot of pain unless I was stretching - but definitely achy quite often and swelling a bit every time I worked it out.
Those first two weeks in the brace locked out at 30 degrees caused me to lose a lot of muscle strength and flexibility. By the time I had my first PT appointment about 4-5 weeks ago I could barely bend my knee to 57 degrees, had a really bad limp, and a knee that could barely leg press 20 pounds less than my strong knee.
The idea is to go into surgery as strong as possible for a faster recovery. Last night I was able to leg press the SAME amount of weight on both legs. My PT measured my knee flexion at 120 degrees on Monday. Not perfect but good enough for surgery and, I think, a remarkable improvement since the injury :) My limp is almost gone and my MCL is starting to feel more stable. All this and my positive attitude should help me sail though my recovery!
Oh - and congrats to all Badwater finishers. You are all truly bad asses for finishing that race (or even attempting it)!!