ItalianChi saidI'm having knee surgery next week with an 8 week recovery. I want to lift while I'm recovering. Are there good routines to do with a knee injury?
You need to consult with an occupational therapist. They'll have a range of exercises to speed your recovery. It's WELL worth your time.
Let me elaborate.
On October 7'th I had surgery to reconnect my short biceps distal tendon. It was chronic (I.e., we took a while before we fixed it.)
I was expected to be in a cast for three weeks. It was on for 12 days. The occupational therapist started working on my arm on day 13. Normally, full range of motion takes about 3 months. I had my full range of motion back at 34 days.
I was expected to be in a ranger brace (Range of Motion) for 8 weeks. I was in it for 17 days.
I now have full range of motion, and I'm well on my way to a full recovery with my long term outcome projected as better than it was before. Almost all the scar tissue has been broken up and I'm lifting again.
Sooner is often better, but, you have to know just what you're doing.
The occupational therapist that helped me had 21 years of experience in her field. Helen was AWESOME! The day after they took the cast off she was tweaking my arm back around.
As they say in the disclaimers, my results are NOT typical, but, I was in great shape, motivated, and was surrounded by experts, with a plan for success.
My doctor, here in Lewisville, has a degree in biomedical engineering, along with another degree in sports medicine, and his M.D., of course, and was the top student in his class. He was ecstatic when I saw him yesterday. I'm so fortunate that he stepped out of the box to help me.
I had little pain, and no numbness. Just stiffness, and a limited range of motion.
Just FYI, my surgery was lights off ("you'll be asleep in 30 seconds") to lights on ("hurry up and drink that Coke. We've been here since 6 a.m.")
The team that worked on me was AWESOME.
Good luck with your surgery.