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How Long Do You Need To Exercise After Your TKR?

Hi my favorite readers! I’ve received quite a few emails recently about exercising after a tkr. It seems there is some concern about how long one needs to continue PT exercises following their total knee replacement. I believe sharing some first-hand information is useful..so…

Exercising is a part of my daily routine. I still do my tkr exercises and I’m almost 6 years post-surgery. The exercises may not be daily or on a scheduled basis. But, I still do them. I also enjoy doing isometrics throughout the day. There is no set time, place, or routine. I simply tighten various muscle groups and hold the tension for 6-8 seconds. Then I release and go on to the next muscle group. If you followed the same PT routine that I did, isometrics were the first tkr recuperation maneuvers we went through. It feels very good to do these maneuvers.

I have an exercise bike at home that I use whenever I feel like getting tortured. It’s particularly helpful when my tkr is stiffer than usual. Swimming is much more fun, but hey, you gotta do what you gotta do. Swimming doesn’t improve my tkr flexibility like an exercise bike does.

Luckily, there is a local YMCA nearby. I use that for swimming and water exercises (woohoo!) and the fitness machines. I dread those fitness machines. They’re just no fun. We always hear how one can change his or her attitude towards the positive and beneficial. Well…this is a perfect test case. As much as I look at these machines with disdain, they are improving my strength (or so I am convincing myself..).

A real-life story: Recently, one of my swimming buddies and I were discussing my dislike for fitness machines. She reassured me that I’ll eventually overcome that. She went on to regale the fact that she originally hated those machines. Now, she loves them. Hmmm…I’ll keep you posted.

Without any type of exercise, I would turn into a grumpy old lady in no time. I could easily join those aches and pains complaining sessions and start popping all kinds of pills. Instead, I choose physical activity. It’s only because I like to be charming as much as possible. :)

Hope this helps others going through the same thing.

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2 comments to How Long Do You Need To Exercise After Your TKR?

  • this is a very common question asked by patients that have recently undergone a TKR or a hip replacement. I always stress to my patients at discharge that they find exercises that they will do such as biking, hiking, swimming as in many cases here in Florida along with stretching added to help keep the muscles and surrounding tissue strong and pliable.

    A good sound weight training program I believe will help you as well get the most out of your surgery.

    I recommend that they should continue with a fitness program once cleared by their surgeon and now make it a part of their lifestyle. The benefits are tremendous not only for the affected joint or joints but your mind as well as the body.

    In other words as I mention to my patients that “fitness and rehabilitation never ends”
    If you desire to get the most out of your surgical procedure then exercise should be a lifelong commitment.

  • Hi Richard,
    Thanks for yet another informative and insightful comment. They are always welcome and so appreciated! Your professional viewpoint helps everyone. :)

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