Hi my favorite readers! Recently, some of you have posted comments and concerns about using a leg extension fitness machine after a total knee replacement. Instead of replying to each comment individually, I thought it would be appropriate to comment here. Here is my story. It may be similar to yours…
I have seen these machines in fitness gyms and other public health venues. I wouldn’t touch them with a ten foot pole. The configurations look different than that found in the PT machine I used during my recuperation process.
During PT, the machine made it possible for me to use my tkr leg. My leg was not positioned in an unnatural manner. In fact, the machine was configured so my leg was actually only slightly bent at the knee. This allowed me to simply slide my tkr-side foot underneath the cushioned pad. It was not uncomfortable at all. I started with zero weight and only increased it to – if I recall correctly – 10 pounds.
While using the PT machine, I mainly felt my quads and hamstring muscles working. I felt no discomfort in my patella, or knee cap, area.
Fast forward to the fitness gym leg extension machines. In order to use these torture devices, my tkr knee needs to be bent to more than 90 degrees. That is the starting position. This just is not possible. My tkr knee does not bend more than 93-95 degrees. (And…no…I am not considering, nor never have, a manipulation. There are other posts on this flexibility subject.)
There is no way in blazes I am going to put myself into that position and risk injury. So…I avoid the machine.
While doing research into leg extension machines, I found an interesting article on the Huffington Post site. I have included a link below. Do your own research and you may be quite interested in what you find on this topic.
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.
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