My total knee replacement is due to my having fractured my femur 35 years ago in an auto accident. Here is a rough draft excerpt from my upcoming book….
After having fractured my femur (the largest bone in the body), my gait was altered. In turn, this caused my spinal column to become malformed – â€œSâ€ shaped. I developed scoliosis, curvature of the spine. Mine was pronounced from my waist down, the lower spine.
My scoliosis resulted in my needing a shoe lift. (That along with my shortened femur). Luckily, it did not cause me any severe problems as I have heard other people experiencing.
A great exercise for dealing with scoliosis, for me, is to stretch from my waist to toe. (Like touching my toes, only I touch the ground with my wrists). Also, another great exercise involves getting in the push up position and then arching my back like a cat and then reversing it â€“ looking up. According to yoga practitioners, this yoga maneuver is titled the cat pose. Like many of you, probably, I was doing this stretch way before yoga became “the current craze”. It’s always interesting to see how exercises take on new forms and practices. 🙂
I also like to lay on a flat surface and bring my knees to my chest. This stretches my lower back.
As long as I have had scoliosis, it is not something that has ever caused me extreme discomfort. I have been blessed in that matter. Perhaps it’s because I eat healthy, wear my shoe lift, exercise regularly, am medication-free, and take care of my health. Whatever the reason, I am truly grateful.
Hope this helps others going through the same thing. Of course, these exercises may not work for you. Always be safe and consult with your medical care provider before starting any new exercise.
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 similar situations.
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