After arthroscopic knee surgery earlier this week, Dr Bryan is now on the mend and optimistic of a return to elite level ice and inline hockey early in the New Year.
All going well, Bryan is also hoping to rejoin Team GB in preparation for the World Inline Hockey Championships taking place in Bolzano, Italy this coming June. Dr Bryan last played for Team GB at the 2014 World Championships in Prague, where he anchored GB’s defence in an impressive 5th place finish.
It was shortly after this tournament that Bryan injured his knee and began what has been a 15-month ordeal to overcome the injury. After a failed surgery this past June left him badly limping, Bryan feared he might never return to top form, let alone normal physical activities. However, thanks to top orthopaedic surgeon Dennis Edwards in Cambridge, the prognosis for a full recovery seems promising.
Bryan says: “I know there’s a lot of hard work ahead of me to get back to form. My leg has become extremely weak with this injury, and so it’s going to be an uphill battle to regain the strength, balance and agility needed to compete at the elite level.
“The funny thing is that I think I’m going to enjoy it. After suffering for more than a year to even walk properly, plus numerous failed attempts to strengthen and rehabilitate my knee, I think there is going to be something deeply satisfying in simply gaining ground and watching my leg become stronger day by day. I actually can’t wait to get started.
“This is where I’m at my best; setting a goal and then driving to achieve it. And with the pain and swelling now seemingly gone, I have never been so ready to tackle a challenge in my life.”
Achieving a positive outcome
In grappling with his own recovery from serious injury, Bryan hopes he can model what it takes to stay the course and achieve a positive outcome despite numerous setbacks.
“I think many people I come across in my chiropractic practice are challenged in similar ways by their own pain, problems and recurrent injuries. In many cases, they’ve simply lost the belief and focus required to conquer a health problem.
“Or, in some cases, they lack the understanding and direction of how to do it properly. In my own recovery, I hope I can model the mindset, determination, commitment and process that underpin nearly all successful health outcomes. After all, this is what I do for a living.
“I help people recover and regain their health, mobility, vitality and wellbeing. I am no stranger to injuries in my life, but this has been the most difficult for me on many levels. It’s going to be great to be able to share this experience, the highs and lows, and ultimately the joy and triumph of succeeding.”
Dr Bryan plans to write blog posts updating his progress every 3-4 weeks. So stay tuned!
If you’re recovering from an injury or in need of a tune up then please get in touch and we’ll see how we can help.