Hi my favorite readers. I have had quite a few readers approach me recently and inquire about ways to make the tkr recuperation easier. There is no simple approach, unfortunately. Sharing my following post may help you. Good luck!
Having a total knee replacement surgery is only part of the process. How you deal with the recuperation to actually use your new knee is another part. It, actually, is the hardest part. Only you can determine the extent of your success.
* Every hour on the hour, get up and walk around. Your level of recuperation (and physical therapist) will determine whether you use a walking aide or not.
*Know that it will be painful. You cannot get around having pain after a major surgery. Bummer.
*Take a pain med prior to your exercise. I find that ½ hour beforehand works best for me. This will help make your exercise regimen go easier. Of course, your pain meds will decrease as time goes on and your level of recuperation increases. The sooner the better, I say.
*Set a goal for your knee flexibility. Find a ‘hash mark’ on the floor that you want to stretch your foot to. Lift your leg farther than an earlier attempt. Your physical therapist can help with this.
*Keep icing. After every exercise bout, ice your knee area. The best is a simple ice pack. Or, frozen peas and carrots work well.:)
*Elevate. Keep your leg elevated when not exercising. This helps the healing.
Recuperating from a total knee replacement takes work, time and effort. Stay with it and you will only benefit.
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