I also felt good about what I was accomplishing and gradually started to increase range of motion, stamina and strength
A little over three years ago, I was involved in a really nasty car accident. Another driver failed to yield right of way at an intersection and plowed straight into my driver’s side door. My vehicle was smashed so badly that the jaws of life were needed to cut me out. I spent several weeks in the hospital and went through three separate surgeries. I now have pins in both knees. The pain was really horrible. Even after going through physical rehabilitation, I was still very limited in what I could do. I was unable to drive or manage to go up and down stairs. I was finding it nearly impossible to sleep. I couldn’t go back to work and I couldn’t workout. I refused to take perscription painkillers because of the potential long-term side-effects so I was limited to Aleve. Sitting around all day, unable to get back to my regular life led to depression. I was very unhappy and lost all hope for improvement. My brother recommended that I try the assistance of a personal trainer. I really doubted that this would lead to anything but further pain and frustration, but I was willing to try anything. I found a personal trainer who specializes in recovery from injury. We sat down for a consultation and discussed the nature of my injury, my level of pain and my goals. We arranged to meet up four days per week, and the personal trainer then created a customized workout plan. The first few weeks were difficult, and I was sore all the time. I also felt good about what I was accomplishing and gradually started to increase range of motion, stamina and strength. Because of the personal training, I am now back at work. I can drive again, get a good night’s sleep and I’m setting new goals for myself.