I broke 2 of my transverse processes in my back. Ortho says I'm off all activity for 6 to 8 weeks. Does anyone have an idea of how long it takes to get back into decent shape after a hiatus of that long?
broken transverse process in back
I think I read somewhere that if you took and athlete at their peak and sat them for a week that it would take 4 weeks to get back to that peak. My experience after blowing my knee a couple times is that you loose a lot pretty quick. But the progress back to fitness is not linear. You gain faster at first and that last bit is the tougher one to get back. I recall getting back on the bike at about 4 or 5 weeks post surgery where I had been on crutches for about 2 or 3 weeks, until I was able to walk and not limp. Was able to ride the trainer for five minutes at no resistance at about a week. By two weeks maybe 30 minutes. By four weeks I could ride outside for 30 minutes easy. The first time I rode to work my pulse hit about 200 (seriously) going up the Lions gate Bridge in a 39 X 23. That's a 5% grade over 600 metres. Within a week that was far easier.
I would guess that you'll be able to walk and do some things and that once you are riding you'll get a lot back in a month or so. But we are all different.Lance who??
Confess to ignorance as to how much fitness you'll lose. But will note that Larry Bird had this injury, and won championships after. A long career is a good thing. A mal-healed frxr can be a chronic problem. Let it heal, whatever the price in terms of fitness.
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