Sue has started her rehab process after her hip surgery a week ago. She underwent the same surgery as Lauren Jackson. Storm Crazies all over the world wish Birdie a quick and successful recovery.
A short excerpt from the article:
“After you wake up, you’re in the recovery room hanging out,” explained Bird. “They like for you to get on the bike because it gets things moving in there. They have to put a lot of fluid in your joint during the surgery and you basically have to drain it out. I guess that riding the bike helps that process along. They say that patients have a much better time rehabbing the next day, so they encourage it.”
Over the next couple of days, Bird continued ramping up her activity as part of the first stage of rehabilitation.
“I ride the bike twice a day, every day for 20 minutes,” she said. “Nothing crazy - range-of-motion stuff. Then after that, more range of motion. The PTs [physical therapists] here are really, really good and they move your hip around in the joint, get it going. There are some small muscle exercises - nothing really strenuous - and some tissue week. The first week is a lot of that. The second week is when you get in the pool and try to get your strength going.”
Bird is headed to the University of Connecticut to conduct that rehabilitation among familiar faces from her days as a star for the Huskies. Based on the results of the surgery, Dr. Philippon anticipates that Bird should be able to move into preparing for game action by December.