Hey blue, commonly that “clicking” comes from a torn meniscus. You can live with that, you may need surgery but it is not a necessity. You can actually get a 7-17% (depending on the study) carry over to the injured leg just by doing isolateral training with the non-injured leg.
Also let pain be you guide, if it hurts don’t do it, if it doesn’t free reign. resistance on a stationary bike w/ intervals is a way to keep up some form of strength while your waiting. By the way, I am a physical therapist, and am speaking from experience, not just a gym rat.
I got the MRI results back today and it is a torn meniscus - I’m sort of hobbling everywhere and have difficulty going up and down stairs, so I think lifting and even biking are out for the foreseeable future.
There may be a small cyst on the tendon as well, which might be responsible for some of my other leg issues - I probably have to get surgery done, even. Not sure when I’ll be able to get back to lifting, will muscle memory cover any strength losses?
I’d like to find something to do in the meanwhile other than eating less, but I don’t want to make this any worse than it already is. Anyone?
Well, who says you can’t still do upper-body exercises? Granted, you may have to modify some of them, but you’re not done as a bodybuilder. I’ve got a full-thickness rotator cuff tear, but I look at it this way: when I’m done recovering from surgery, I’ll be so mentally renewed and ready to get back into it that I’m sure I’ll come back to where I am and beyond (safely). [/quote]
Yeah, I should get back into the gym. Hopefully benching doesn’t aggravate it, I have difficulty sitting with legs at a 90 degree angle normally. Does anyone have upper-body exercises to recommend? There’s got to be something other than bench pressing and curls that doesn’t involve legs…