Tapering is a phase of training!

The South African racing calendar is filled with events. Almost any weekend we can choose to run, cycle or swim an event. It is easy to get caught up in the hype (I have been there), and then we may end up feeling tired, both physically and emotionally. Know which is your goal race, and […]

Returning to exercise post injury or surgery

Common questions we get asked, when can I return, what can I do, what should I avoid, do I need physio? We always want you to get back to exercise as quickly as possible, however we need to respect the healing times of different injuries. We also need to consider different starting points, and then […]

Do you have a game plan for rest?

Do you have a game plan for rest? Every day we treat patients who need to be rested to allow an injury to heal. This may be total rest for example for the first few days after major surgery, or this may be relative rest. Relative rest involves staying away from any of the activities […]

Continuing Your Recovery Post a Total Knee Replacement: weeks 2-4

Thoughts for the next few weeks: “Exercise is medicine and this is my daily dose” “Each day I get better and better” “Recovery is a process” Things should be starting to improve. In my experience of working with patients, from being sore most of the time, there are good times in the day, patients still […]

Recovery Post a Total Hip Replacement- the first 2 weeks

Patients post a hip replacement do well. One of the risks post a hip replacement is a dislocation. To help prevent this we have put some precautions in place to help prevent this. These precautions are in place for the first 3 months (unless otherwise indicated). In hospital you did exercises with the physio. In […]

Recovery post a Total Knee replacement. The first 2 weeks

Once discharged from hospital, your recovery begins. When you were discharged you were sent home with some pain medication. You probably were sent home with an exercise sheet from your physiotherapist too. This is where I believe in the saying “Exercise is Medicine”- as important as your take home medication, so too are your daily […]