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TKR & Nerve Damage: Some Insight

Hi everyone. Many of you have been contacting me about dealing with tkr nerve damage, so thought I would pitch in. My feedback is based on personal experience. As I have mentioned before, over the years my body developed very noticeable bone spurs on each side of my left knee. This knee was finally replaced in my total knee replacement surgery.

The bone spurs looked like quite noticeable hooks. Picture a hook that holds towels, chains, etc and you get the idea. These hooks dug into my nerves every time I moved. They severed the nerves, causing them to severely shred. Technically speaking, this is known as severe neuropathy. Anyways, here some insight about my tkr nerve damage….

There are extended times when the pain is either completely unnoticeable or slightly uncomfortable. When I swim, the pain is almost nonexistent – most of the time. In fact, I had gone for so long without any nerve damage pain, I forgot that the possibility was there.

Then, I attended a workout known as Body Pump. The workout can be adjusted to individual preferences. I chose to use very light weights of five pounds.

The workout consists of squats, pushups, planks, arm lifts, and other maneuvers that result in a whole-body set. Motions go from slow to fast-paced. It is a versatile workout program. Movements can be modified to suit individual needs.

My squats were very shallow. Part of that was due to having decreased tkr mobility. I have a 93-degree bend in my knee. I did wall push-ups so I didn’t have to get onto the floor for the standard version. No problem. None of the arm maneuvers were a concern. I felt very good after the workout.

The next day was another story. My nerves were sending loud and clear messages. It is now a month afterwards, and I still have the remnants of overdoing it. I know it could be much worse, but it is an annoyance.

I hope this helps others going through the same thing involving tkr nerve damage. I must reiterate, the nerve damage is not caused by the total knee replacement surgery. My tkr did not fix the neuropathy, either.

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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.

2 comments to TKR Nerve Damage: Some Helpful Insight

  • valerie

    hi. i need 2 knee replacements. And the hips are ‘acting up too’,. (can’t lift leg to get into car without me pulling on the pant leg up). And it feels like shattered glass when walking because of the knees. Now I would go forward with a TKR to start at least, however there is a complication. CVI. Chronic Venous Insufficiency is what i have, and if i drop a book corner on my foot, the mark stays there for years. The foot is swollen for 15 years. The medical compression stockings that i wear every day manage minimally but don’t solve anything. So i have put off the TKR. I don’t know if i will get a blood clot or not. The Ortho Surgeon hasn’t done any surgery on a patient with CVI so i am not convinced i should do this. Hmmmmmmm so far, i have weakness in my legs, and heaviness. Will this get better with a TKR? Will it get worse. Any opinion. Help!

  • Hi Valerie,
    Thanks for visiting my site and taking the time to post your comment. As I state throughout this site, I am not a medical professional. I do not provide advice. I only write about my experiences. I do not know if a tkr is good for you or not. My opinion is to ask your medical professional. Best of luck to you!

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