Fast forward 6 years later I find myself in the same predicament (how in the hell???) but this time I get the privilege to get an MRI done on not only one leg, nope, this time I get both done. Thankfully Bellevue Bone & Joint upgraded and/or updated their MRI machine. The MRI unit they have now (pictured above) is what’s called an Open Extremity Unit which is helpful for people who suffer from getting claustrophobia. This was really helpful for me since I was able to just lie down and take a nap for 45 minutes before I had to get re-positioned again for my other leg to get scanned.
If you never had an MRI scan done before there’s nothing to fear well except on the price. MRI’s are very expensive – say around $1,500 a pop and that’s sometimes a cheap price. I’ve heard them being several thousands depending on what is getting scanned. Outside of the high cost, it’s very similar in my opinion as with getting an x-ray except it generally takes a lot longer to finish the scans. If you seek a more detailed explanation on how the scans work you can visit the Wiki definition.
The first 6 weeks is always the toughest with QTR. The 20 to 80 degree ROM is the hardest to reach and will seem to take forever, but once you reach 90 degrees and beyond the recovery is much faster. You might have some sticking points for a while at certain ranges like I did. I think the hardest for me is to get past the point where you can fully rotate the pedals on a stationary bike. In the beginning every time I would try to ride one, I would just move the pedals back and forth as far as I could. The hardest part was to do a full rotation when I was just below the 90 -110 degree range. However once I got past that point my ROM increased very quickly.
I feel the stationary bike whether standard as pictured above or a recumbent style, is a perfect exercise to work on your ROM for your injured QTR(s). As I have mentioned elsewhere within this website, exercises such as swimming and walking in a pool are also fabulous exercises for helping you get back your initial ROM, but the stationary bike should not be overlooked and is a fantastic piece of cardio equipment to re-gain a really broad ROM for your leg.