Some readers have asked me lately whether I used weights during my tkr recuperation. I have written articles about this before, but thought it was time to discuss it further. The answer is “yes, I have”. Weights were used in a variety of ways. Below is how I used weights to straighten my tkr.
One exercise involving weights was done by sitting in a firm chair. I’d have another firm chair directly in front of me, about three feet away. I’d extend my tkr leg onto the other chair. My tkr knee would be in the center portion of the separated chairs. Or, I’d sit on my sofa and extend my tkr leg onto my coffee table with the same space underneath my tkr knee.
Then, when my knee was as straight as it would be, I’d put a towel over it. I’d then put a two-pound ankle weight on top of the towel, directly on top of my tkr knee. OUCH! Sometimes that was a DOUBLE OUCH!! It needed to be done, however. I started with a two-pound weight, but gradually increased it to five pounds. And, I do mean gradually. I never did more than five pounds since I received great results with only five pounds.
Once the weight was on my tkr knee, I’d keep it on for about one to two minutes to start with. This would be increased to ten minutes (but only after about three months post-tkr surgery).
This is one way in which I used weights to help straighten my tkr leg during rehabilitation.
Hope this helps others going through the same thing.
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