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Margaret McCartney: When can I get back to running after my operation?

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j4299 (Published 02 October 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j4299

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I suspect there is not an answer to this question Re: Margaret McCartney: When can I get back to running after my operation?

I suspect that - as for many things we would 'like to know' - there is not a really helpful answer to this question.

I feel sure that we all tend to heal at different rates, so there will not be a definable period after which increased activity definitely becomes benign - and we all exercise rather differently anyway.

But most 'athletic' people will already know, that injuries which are left to heal without surgery, are complicated in terms of resuming 'training': you only find out afterwards, if resuming training 'damages' the healing injury or not.

As with many things - all is clear, only in hindsight.

Competing interests: No competing interests

03 October 2017
Michael H Stone
Retired Non Clinical
None Private Individual
Coventry CV2 4HN