Portland Personal Trainer | Recovery from an Injury| Portland, Oregon

Whether a professional athlete, a weekend warrior, or simply a bicycle commuter, an injury can totally derail your life.  A severe enough injury can keep a person from enjoying their life and living as they are accustomed to.  Equally frightening is the prospect of surgery, something that seems almost unavoidable with certain injuries.  Rehabilitation from surgery can take a long time and is often discouraging.  Also discouraging is the fear that, no matter what, the damaged tissue will never return to top form.But never fear, dear damaged reader.  It’s not impossible to return to peak form.  Professional athletes do it constantly – look at a Major League Pitcher that has undergone Tommy John Surgery in order to replace the medial collateral ligament.  It takes time, but most of them return to pitching, often with little or no decrease in performance.  And what is one of the most important aspects of effective rehabilitation?  Exercise.Only a few years ago, the prevailing wisdom for an ACL tear was surgery, then rest, followed by a gradual re-implementation of exercise to re-strengthen the atrophied leg.  Now doctors recommend that patients get back on their feet as soon as possible, to keep the leg from atrophying in the first place and to improve the range of motion of the joint after the surgery.  Subsequently, the patient and physical therapist have less work to do to re-strengthen the surrounding muscle.This doesn't mean that somebody should pop out of surgery and instantly start playing rugby.  Tissue takes time to heal, and it is important to favor an injured limb or muscle so as not to re-injure it, but that does not mean that one has to stop exercise altogether.  It does mean that exercises should be performed carefully, however, and that certain exercises should be avoided.  For example, someone with a bicep tendon strain (or tear) should not do something like a bicep curl or lat pull-down, because those exercises will strain the injured tissue.  An experienced trainer or physical therapist, however, will still be able to work out the muscles of the back without putting any stress at all on the bicep.Rehabbing an injury can be a time-consuming and frustrating process, but it’s entirely possible to return to peak form even after a relatively bad injury.  Continuing an exercise regimen will keep muscles from atrophying, increase range of motion, and ideally lead to a faster recovery. However, the exercises need to be modified, and a gentle and knowledgeable hand needs to be used to keep from re-injuring the tissue.The Art of Personal Training by Kisar Dhillon107 SE Washington StreetSuite 137Portland, Oregon 97214503-953-0241