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True Story: How I Returned to Dancing After an MCL Injury

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“Most opinions I received advised me to have surgery.”

- Ankit Malhotra

MCL Injury Rehab: What is a nightmare? Well, for a person like me who is a sports enthusiast, and also enjoys salsa dancing, a torn MCL seemed nothing less than a nightmare. Forget dancing, I was unable to walk for days. Every doctor and physiotherapist I met recommended surgery. However, when I heard about Granimals, I started to believe my problem might just be solved without any surgery. 

A Ray of Hope 

I found Granimals on Instagram. Initially, I was a little sceptical about this rehab process without surgery, but I decided it was worth a shot if that means I could recover fully without any surgery. I mean, who likes injections? The most difficult part of my recovery was the extension lag in my knee. I struggled to walk and was forced to put a stop to my favourite activities. In my mind, I was clear, I wanted to get back to the activities I love, without worrying about my knees. It took nearly 6 months to significantly reduce the extension lag and almost a year for me to dance again freely. 

The Journey: How I Got Back to Dancing and an Active Lifestyle

I booked my very first session with Granimals and I was told what I needed to do initially and the team guided me on how the rehab process will be taken further. Starting my rehab with Granimals wasn’t easy, I struggled to stay consistent with my MCL injury exercises. Some days I was accordant, while some days I struggled. In the beginning, I scuffled with slow pace because of the knee extension gap. Despite these challenges, I showed up to my rehab session every single day because my therapist was very adamant about the fact that I will have to stay consistent and committed inorder to recover fully. As I went ahead,  my knee extension lag improved significantly in 6 months. So, here are some of the key points every person who is recovering from a MCL injury needs to keep in mind-

Patience and Perseverance will Reap Results

You need to understand one thing; you will not see the result in an instant. It will take time. There were moments in my rehab session where I completely lost faith in the process because I wasn’t able to see any results or improvement. But I realised, recovery isn’t linear and it is normal to not see results daily. Panic will only add to your stress and will hinder your belief in the recovery process. You will see certain results some days, but it's not guaranteed that you’ll see them again tomorrow. Regardless of the outcome, each day of the rehab session adds to your recovery journey. MCL injury recovery time is long, and there’s nothing we can do about it.  

Change Your Mindset: You Can Recover Without Surgery

It is important to understand the fact that MCL injury recovery without surgery may take time, but it is possible. I am a living example of the same. With the help of Granimals’ robust training and rehabilitation plan I was able to go back to the activities I love without any issues. I am now living an active life again, and I feel better than ever before. Granimals made me believe in myself and my body, they made me understand my body and its abilities in a much better way.

To Conclude

I encourage you to explore all the options available to you. It is important for a person to believe in themselves first that they can overcome this setback. I was lucky enough to get in touch with Granimals, and they truly help me a lot. It is important to remember that recovery is a personal journey, with the correct approach you too can achieve what seems impossible at first.  

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q1- What is a MCL?

Answer- MCL or Medial Collateral Ligament is a type of ligament that connects the thigh bone (femur) to the shinbone (tibia). It is located on the inner side of your knee. It provides stability to the joint and is one of the major ligaments that connects your knee to the bone. 

Q2- Is MCL Injury bad?

Answer- People who suffer from an MCL Injury will find it painful, and it may make walking difficult. The injury can make a person unable to handle their body weight. However, a MCL injury can be cured through correct physiotherapy or surgery. 

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