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When can I start training again following surgery?

Unfortunately, there is not a single answer to this question. Your return to training will depend on a variety of factors. The nature and location of the surgery do have a lot to do with how early one can return to activity. When determining timing we look at tissue healing times, which is generally four to eight weeks. We also want to consider the structure that had the surgery. Is this a weight bearing bone or superficial tissue? As you can imagine, more recovery time will be required for weight bearing bones.

The key to determining the best time to return to exercise is a concise understanding of the structures involved, how specific exercises will involve those structures and a gradual progression of “stress” to those structures. There are a lot of factors that determine when it is safe to return to exercise after surgery. When in doubt, you should consult with your surgeon regarding specific protocols to resume exercise and then consult with a rehabilitation professional to oversee a safe return to full activity.

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