It is correct if you are training, but not if you are healing. Hurting damaged soft tissue makes it worse, not better. Indeed, even when training the pain you experience is muscles being damaged; it's them being rebuilt during recovery that makes you fitter. And muscles work differently from ligaments and tendons.I admit I've been of the "No pain, no gain" school, but I'm becoming more open minded to this being a myth
This is a one year recovery, and even longer for some of us.Attitude – I’m still working on acceptance that this could be a one year recovery.
My friend, Will, boasts that he went back to work 2 weeks after a TKR. He genuinely believes now that he had no problems and no complications - he isn't trying deliberately to deceive anyone.
The truth of it is this:
He doesn't tell the full story, because he doesn't remember it.
- Although he did go back to work so early, he did it in a wheelchair.
- His wife helped him get up, washed and dressed, and she drove him to and from work.
- He stopped taking pain medications, saying they were "for Sissies".
- Consequently, he was in pain and grumpy all day.
- His colleagues wished he had stayed at home.
- He rested in bed all the time, except when at work.
- His wife waited on him, hand and foot.
- By the time he was really recovered, his wife was a worn-out wreck.
He genuinely thinks he had a fast, uncomplicated recovery, and that's what he tells people.
His wife exacted her reward for looking after him so well - she got an orange sports car for her next birthday.