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Leg Crossing & A TKR

Hi everyone! Something interesting happened the other day that I wanted to share since I’m sure other tkr patients are going through the same thing. Here goes:

For months after my tkr, I could not lift my bionic leg and cross it over my other leg. First, my muscles were not strong enough to lift my leg. Developing my leg muscles was my main concern during recuperation and physical therapy. It’s the same with you, I’m sure. Then, at about 3-6 months after my surgery, the pain was too intense for me to comfortably sit crossed legged. I could lift my leg but not easily cross it over my other leg. It was a complete struggle.

Now, I am 17 months post tkr. I saw down today and without thinking, crossed my tkr leg over my other leg. Then, it dawned on me…no pain, increased flexibility, and an effortless movement. Wow. It took me off guard. It was a nice kind of surprise, for sure.

I remember at my five months post tkr seeing someone cross their legs at the ankles. She had a bilateral total knee replacement a couple years prior. When I saw that, I was very impressed. I couldn’t come close to doing that. (That movement is what caused my knee to originally “lock up” prior to my surgery). I asked her what time period went by before she could make that movement. She didn’t remember. I’m not going to be like that since I don’t want to take any movements involving my tkr for granted. So, I’m sharing the news here.

We all know the immense pain, frustration, and hard work involved in recuperating from a tkr. Let’s not take anything for granted.

Hope this has helped someone. It does get better, honest! 🙂

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns. The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.






3 comments to Leg Crossing & A TKR

  • sharon

    you are so right. take nothing for granted. but with alot of hard work it can happen again. and boy marie i am so in that place right now going through this again so soon. thank you for your thoughts. take care

  • My short, fat little legs wouldn’t cross before, so I’m sure I won’t be able to now….unless I lose weight!

    If I were 5′ 9″……I’d be fine……lol

    On the other hand, I worked myself to a sweaty frenzy today, b/c we have overnight company coming…..just for tonight…..but the house looks great….everything in place (or hidden out of sight)….and I going to read on my book until they get here in an hour or two……I’ll look like I have just swam and lolly gagged around all day long…..hahahahahaha

    Debi

  • I am almost 7 weeks out from TKR. I walk one mile a day and have very little pain and I am finally sleeping well through the night. The only pain that I have is lateral pain. Mostly while in bed. I toss and turn quite a bit. I always have. Is this common? I have a cousin who is a P.T. and he gave me some exercises to do in the swimming pool.

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