recuperation

Tips For How Healthy Eating Speeds the TKR Recuperation Process

Hi everyone. It’s common knowledge that eating healthy can help everyone. However, this is doubly important for us living with a total knee replacement (tkr) and throughout our trying global times. Healthy eating speeds the tkr recuperation process. This is because it strengthens our immune system. Here are some tips for how healthy eating speeds the tkr recuperation process…

Tips are for quick, healthy eating that can be prepared at home:

Mix some fresh herbs with freshly squeezed juice for a low calorie dressing.

Squeeze an orange over your salad greens.

Spread some natural peanut or almond butter on an apple.

Enjoy a sandwich of tuna and mustard on wholegrain bread. Add lettuce & tomato, if desired.

Have some fresh fruit mixed with plain yogurt.

Spread some hummus on either pita bread, fresh veggies, or an English muffin.

For creamed soup, substitute pureed tofu for heavy cream.

All of these have worked well for me, and I am confident they’d work well for others. Enjoy!

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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 a variety of other health concerns.

This award-winning tkr blog site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, tkr blogger, and tkr patient who has been living with various health conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader. https://www.wegohealth.com.

Why It Is Important To Make Exercise A Priority..

Hi everyone! We probably all have days when we do not feel like exercising. It seems like a hassle, takes too much time, etc., etc., Here’s a piece of news that can make exercising seem less daunting….I believe it’s all based on aversive training.  Read more below to find out why it is important to make exercise a priority. You’re welcome…

Envision yourself in the hospital due to inactivity. That doesn’t seem like fun, does it? Picture yourself hooked up to a breathing device where you cannot talk, even if you wanted to.

Imagine yourself having one medical test after another, being poked with needles so many times you dread even seeing the medical professional.

Imagine yourself lacking so much energy, it takes everything to simply blink your eyes (it does happen..).

Picture an IV in your arm. Whether it is for nourishment or medication, this IV is playing an essential role in restoring/assisting your health.

Imagine having to urinate through a catheter for any reason associated with poor health or medical condition. This catheter needs to be changed, cleaned/sanitized, and reinserted. It’s an arduous, time-consuming process that takes a toll on anyone’s nerves and confidence.

Imagine yourself being put on a very restricted diet to bring your weight back in line. Weight gain is far too common when exercise does not play a key role in your lifestyle.

Or…picture yourself being given so many medications you cannot possibly start your day without popping pills.

How does all that sound? It’s very negative. That’s the purpose of this article. But, believe me. It does happen. Your body requires exercise to operate properly, and, it’s simply amazing to hear how many people believe exercise is too time consuming…or whatever the excuse. And, the longer you go without exercising to maintain your body in decent condition, the more situations negatively accumulate.

Of course, there will be a day or two when it is okay to just sit back and let your muscles recuperate from a previous workout. There is nothing harmful about taking small breaks.

Get out and exercise. Stop making excuses. Find an enjoyable way to do it. Choose from a number of activities to lower boredom levels.
* Do some isometrics while watching television. How easy is that??!! Just tighten your muscles. I have written about that in other posts on this site.

*Do gardening or another favorite passion that gets you moving..
* Take a gentle yoga class for mild, yet effective, stretching. Chair yoga is excellent for gentle moving.
* Lift some milk gallons filled with water, as a dumb bell alternative.
* Find a friend to exercise with, join a class, go to your local pool, buy an exercise video or Wii Fit (I think that’s what it’s called…).

The list of possibilities goes on.  No matter what the method is..

...EXERCISE. It’s fun!! This is especially true after having a total knee replacement..or tkr.

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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 variety of other health concerns.

This award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, tkr blogger, and tkr patient who has been living with various health conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.  https://www.wegohealth.com.

On Second Thought…TKR Recuperation

Hi everyone. Since some of you have contacted me about the frustrations with tkr recuperation, here is a reprint of an older post from 2008. On second thought…tkr recuperation insight:

The decrease in my knee swelling is more than likely a culmination of a variety of things – all taking 6.5 months to see any results.   (Yes, I know that in proper writing composition – numbers under ten are to be written out. I’m gutsy. 🙂 )

Recuperation from a total knee replacement is time consuming and involves a variety of exercises.   Just don’t give up.  Stay with it.  I’ve known people who still can’t walk downstairs and it’s been a year after their tkr…total knee replacement.  They simply do not do any exercises to increase their flexibility.   What’s the sense in that?

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Changing Leg Lengths After A TKR

Hi everyone. Due to popular requests, I am resharing this post about my changing leg lengths after a tkr.  Seems some of you are experiencing the same thing. Here goes…

Something strange has been happening lately. As I mentioned in previous blog posts, I am back to wearing a shoe lift on my tkr leg. This started three months ago, about a year after my tkr.  Wearing the shoe lift is no big deal to me since I have been wearing one for 45 years.

However, and this is my dilemma now, my leg length changes. Some days I will notice I need more lift on my tkr leg, while on other days…I need less. It is totally bizarre to me. (Prior to my tkr, my leg length never changed on a daily basis).

The only thing that I attribute the discrepancy to is the fact some days my bionic knee is more swollen than on other days. Perhaps this swelling affects how straight my total knee replacement leg gets. I.e. less swelling means more leg length (more straightened) and vice versa. I don’t know.

When I asked a clinic doctor to measure my legs so I could determine the shoe length thickness I needed…I received a prescription to have my leg measured. WHAT??!!  True story….

Could be much worse. I’m not complaining just puzzled. I do wear an internal lift (like an insole) on days I notice I need more than what my external lift provides. No biggie…

Hopefully this can help someone else who is going through the same thing. Have you experienced this dilemma?

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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 health concerns.

This award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, tkr blogger, and tkr patient who has been living with various health conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader. https://www.wegohealth.com

Walking Victoria, BC, A Total Knee Replacement, and Hockey

Hi everyone. I was recently asked to reprint an experience I had written about before the pandemic hit. It could equally apply to today…post pandemic. Here it is…Walking Victoria, BC, a total knee replacement, and hockey. Enjoy….

It’s beautiful. Holiday lights are up everywhere. Greenery is plentiful. Landscaping is immaculate. Waterfront has a great walkway. The Empress is stunning.  Butchart Gardens is spectacular.

Great place for exercise. Victoria BC is a wonderful walking community. To say I walked a lot, is an understatement. Thank the powers that be for icing. My bionic knee was very swollen.  This is how I’ll tie in a total knee replacement with this blog post.

Downtown has shop diversity. There is something for everyone here.

Bakeries abound. That’s all I’ll say about that. 🙂 (I forgot to bring my stretch pants).

HOCKEY IS EVERYWHERE!!! (Well, maybe not everywhere…but more than the area I live in). In the restaurant I went to…a game was on a projection screen. Two other games were on smaller televisions. Hockey fans were enjoying their sport. Nice. 🙂

Sports store. The sports store owner and I had a great conversation about hockey. Woohoo!! He even told me some history about the Detroit Red Wings that I didn’t know. Cool…

Buses. A gentleman stepped aboard while sporting a Vancouver Canucks jersey. He just happened to sit in the seat behind me. “So, you like the Canucks, eh?” I asked. “Yep,” he replied. I pointed to my Red Wings jacket…”Detroit Red Wings,” I answered proudly and knowingly. With that, he shook his head, look disgusted, and said “Huh”. I needed to change my course if I was going to get a decent hockey conversation going.

You know, Luongo is so much fun to watch. He makes his position look so easy. It’s too bad he’s out with that groin injury,” I said. That was the beginning of a wonderful conversation for the remaining of the 20 minute bus trip.

As he got up to leave, I said….”Hey, maybe we’ll see each other at a Canucks game. I like watching your team lose.” He ignored me. At least I was entertained. 🙂 

Victoria, BC is a wonderful place to experience any time of the year, especially during the holidays.

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This site is operated by Marie Buckner a tkr blogger, patient, and author. She enjoys sharing her personal experiences living with a number of health conditions to build community.

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10 Natural Ways to Prepare for Your Total Knee Replacement Surgery

Hi everyone! We all know the importance of keeping everything as natural as possible during the entire total knee replacement process. Here is a guest post written by a tkr patient, Tamara Lujan, a 27-year practitioner of herbal and holistic healing. Below find 10 natural ways to prepare for total knee replacement surgery.

Nine weeks ago, at age 53, I had total knee replacement surgery. Some health issues and past surgeries placed me at higher risk for infection, skin tissue breakdown & blood clots. I decided to use natural treatments, dietary changes and herbs, to help ensure an easier recovery; reduce the risks of infection and inflammation; and help prevent blood clots.

As a holistic health practitioner I want people to be proactive in their health and total knee replacement surgery is no exception. I personally started by researching doctors and hospitals, finding information on everything from a doctors success rates to hospital infection percentages. I also began working on having my body in the best possible health prior to surgery.

1. Eliminate alcohol – Alcohol increases the risks of complications and slows down the recovery process.

2. Water – Water boosts your immune system, flushes toxins and helps keep you regular. I recommended about 90 ounces a day for women and 120 ounces for men.

3. Turmeric Extract – Turmeric is a powerhouse for fighting inflammation. Turmeric extract is an easy way to get the dosage you need.

4. Nettle Leaf Infusion – Dried Nettle leaves are a wonderful source of nutrients and are high in essential minerals including iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium. Nettle infusion is a miracle working when it comes to inflammation. It has worked wonders on my fibromyalgia and arthritis. It is approved by the German Commission E for reducing inflammation.

5. Nettle Seed Extract – Fighting chronic pain is exhausting. Nettle seed helps build your energy in the short term. Take up to 1 week prior to surgery.

6. Shiitake Mushrooms – at least 2 x a week (great in Miso soup!). This mushroom helps prevent thrombosis. Discontinue using 2 weeks prior to surgery.

7. Seaweed – 2 x a week. I put this in my Miso, on salads or simply to snack on. Helps prevent inflammation. Discontinue using 2 weeks prior to surgery.

8. Homeopathic Arnica Montana 30x – Used to reduce bruising, swelling and joint pain. Discontinue use 1 week prior to surgery.

9. QUERCETIN with BROMELAIN – to help build immune system and for reducing inflammation. Speak with your doctor as to recommendation on use beyond 2 weeks prior to surgery.

10. Improve your muscles and body systems – Try yoga, massage and acupuncture. These can help limber you up, reduce inflammation, and keep the lymphatic and blood system flowing.

My knee surgery went great. Based on the damage to my knee and a pre-op ROM of just 68 degrees, everyone was very surprised at my recovery and that in just 7 weeks post-op, I was at a 100 degree ROM!

*Please let your doctor and pharmacist know of any herbal and supplements you are taking.

Author Bio:
Tamara Lujan is a holistic health practitioner and herbalist with over 27 years of experience. She believes in a holistic approach to healing, which includes using whole foods and herbs to help the body heal and perform at its best. Visit Tamara at Farmacology Organics.

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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.

This award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, tkr blogger, and tkr patient who has been living with various physical conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.  https://www.wegohealth.com.

Nausea & A TKR

Hi everyone. Nausea and a tkr isn’t an exciting topic or one that you want to read at the dinner table. Still..it needs to be discussed since some of you have asked me about it….Looks like it is time for me to re-share a popular post I wrote about my own experience….enjoy…:)

Of the many comments I’ve received lately (and, thank you for all of them!), a common theme concerns nausea after tkr and during recuperation. “What is your experience?” I’ve been asked? So, here it is…

I had nausea during two periods after my tkr. The first was caused by the anesthesia while I was recuperating in the hospital. I didn’t eat much while in the hospital.

The only other episode occurred when I took the “pain meds” (I use parentheses since the meds did not handle the pain). The nausea was mild, but still noticeable. I remember that episode as being two weeks. Then, I just started aspirin.

After those two periods, no problem. The only other time I get nauseous nowadays is when I see someone eat nacho chips covered with that orange-colored liquid stuff called cheese.

Or, come to think about, when I see that orange stuff on any food. I’m suddenly not feeling well. I need to clear my mind.

Hope this helps others going through the same thing.

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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 variety of other health concerns.

This multiple award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr blogger/patient who has been living with various health conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader. https://www.wegohealth.com.

How to Get the Most Out of Physical Therapy After Knee Replacement Surgery

Hi everyone. With so much information available knowadays about getting the most out of your total knee replacement, I thought it would be worthwhile to re-share a guest post written by the experts at The Joint Replacement Therapists. I am certain this insight about how to get the most out of  physical therapy after knee replacement surgery is the key to your success. Enjoy…
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Physical therapy is an integral part to any individual’s knee replacement recovery. There are thousands of physical therapists and physical therapy clinics throughout the country, and the majority of physical therapists are professional, knowledgeable, and caring.

Your therapists will provide you with all the information and resources you require to have a successful knee replacement. What you get out of your rehab after surgery will be a direct reflection of what you put into it.

With that being said, we’d like to share our advice for how to get the most out of your physical therapy after your knee replacement surgery.

Start Before Surgery

Rehab begins before surgery. This is known as prehab or preoperative rehab. Numerous studies have shown the benefits of physical therapy and physical training before surgery. Individuals who train and exercise before knee replacement surgery have better range of motion, strength, and overall function after the surgery.

This leads to a quicker recovery. (See our blog post titled: What is Prehab? )

Learn About Pain

Pain is complex and many factors in your life contribute to pain including physical, social, psychological, emotional, and environmental. The more you can learn about the contributors to pain, the more you’ll be able to make positive lifestyle changes to manage the pain effectively.

Understand the Process and Have Patience

Recovery takes time. You may only notice small improvements initially, and that is okay. The average course of outpatient physical therapy can last 12-16 weeks, but you may not experience 100% recovery for up to 6 months. Keep doing all the right things and eventually it will pay off with a great recovery and outcome.

Follow Instructions

Everything your physical therapist tells you is for a reason. Any instructions we provide is based off the goal of you having a full and positive recovery with no avoidable setbacks.

Ask Questions

Your physical therapists, and all the healthcare professionals, are there to help you. Do not feel intimidated to ask any and all questions. Being well-informed and knowledgeable regarding all aspects of your recovery will only benefit you more. There are no stupid questions.

Be Consistent

You won’t notice much change in strength or range of motion after just one therapy session. However, if you remain consistent with your exercises and activities, and regularly attend therapy, little by little you will see the fruits of your labors.

Consider Your Complete Health

Many factors play a role in your recovery after knee replacement surgery. Consider all aspects of your health and determine where you can make some positive changes. Consider things like nutrition, sleep, emotional health, mental health and more.

Continue After Therapy Ends

Your recovery does not stop once you are discharged from physical therapy. It is important to continue with all the exercises you learned in physical therapy and perform them on a regular basis.

It is also important to find ways to maintain the health of your knee and whole body. Great activities to try include walking, aquatic exercises, yoga, and much more.

About the Authors

The Joint Replacement Therapists, Doctors Jordan and Luke Pedersen, are two physical therapists and the founders of the Joint Replacement Therapists website at The Joint Replacement Therapists.

Jordan and Luke are orthopedic therapists who have worked with many individuals before and after joint replacement surgery.

They realized the shortcomings with a lot of the educational material available to individuals considering joint replacement surgery. The Joint Replacement Therapists strive to provide thorough evidence-based information in an organized manner for individuals considering or planning joint replacement surgery.

Their hopes are the information gained will help decrease patient anxieties and improve confidence regarding the entire joint replacement process.
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Booktoots’ Healing site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, tkr blogger, and tkr patient who has been living with various health conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

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When is Too Much, Too Much Exercise After TKR?

Hi everyone! I am resharing a popular post of mine regarding figuring out when is too much, too much exercise after a tkr? In other words,  knowing when you are overdoing your tkr exercise. Many of you have asked for it, so here it is. Hope it helps you. Keep on working….

While going to my physical therapist for my total knee replacement rehab, I asked her how to tell if I was overworking my muscles. “How do I know when too much is too much?” is what I asked her. She told me very matter of factly….”You can tell you’ve done too much when you hurt for two hours after your exercise is done.”

I’ve been using that as my benchmark ever since. It may work for you and other total knee replacement patients, also.

BTW…..I totally trusted my physical therapist. She was the only one who truly knew what I was going through. If you go to a physical therapist, you need to trust the person. You are in their hands, literally and figuratively. You two work as a team.

Hope this helps others going through the same thing.

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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.

This award-winning  tkr blogging site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various health conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.  https://wegohealth.com.

8 Ways To Speed Up Your Total Knee Replacement Recuperation

Hi everyone. I have been receiving inquiries from many of you for ways to speed up your total knee replacement recuperation. Here is an updated article I wrote when going through the initial tkr rehab. The information still holds true today.

Having your tkr surgery is only part of the process. How you deal with the total knee replacement recuperation that allows you to effectively utilize use your new bionic knee is another segment. It, actually, is the hardest part. Only you can determine the extent of your success.

Below are some ways I have noticed an improvement in my own total knee replacement recuperation. My knee is getting better every day because of them. They may work for you.

Drum roll, please….

1. Become mobile as quick as possible. Every hour on the hour, get up and walk around. Your level of total knee replacement recuperation (and physical therapist) will determine whether you use a walking aide.

2. Do as much as you can for yourself. Do not rely on others when you can easily (or not that easily) do it yourself. You will only be hurting yourself.

3. Know that it will be painful. You cannot get around having pain after a major surgery. That’s common sense, but I was completely unprepared for the immense pain afterwards.

4. Take a pain med prior to your exercise. I find that 30-minutes beforehand works best for me. Taking the med takes the edge off of the discomfort you will feel during movements. Of course, your pain meds will decrease as time goes on and your level of recuperation increases.  The sooner the better, I say.

5. Set a goal for your knee flexibility. Increase in small increments. Find a ‘hash mark’ on the floor that you want to stretch your foot to. Lift your leg farther than an earlier attempt.  Your physical therapist can help with this.

6. Keep icing. After every total knee replacement recuperation exercise routine, I use a variety of icing methods. The best is a simple ice pack. You can buy them prepared or make your own. Simply put some ice cubes in a sealable plastic bag. Cover your knee with a towel before applying. I have also found that frozen peas & carrots work well.

7. Elevate. Keep your leg elevated when not exercising. This helps the healing process.

8. Exercise! Keep exercising, even when done doing physical therapy. In addition to doing your recuperation maneuvers, add walking and/or other physical activity to your daily routine. This is essential for your overall success.

Total knee replacement recuperation takes effort, determination, and perseverance. There were many times when, if looks could kill, my physical therapist wouldn’t be there.

Hope this helps others going through the same thing. Good luck and keep at it!

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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 variety of other health concerns.

This award-winning tkr blogger site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various health conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader. WEGO Health is now known as Health Union..as of today’s publishing date…02/22/2022.

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A Rocking Chair For Total Knee Replacement

Hi everyone. We all know the importance of improving our flexibility after a tkr. How about using a rocking chair for total knee replacement exercise? When done correctly, you will feel a wonderful stretch along the front portion of your tkr.

All you need to do is position yourself in your favorite rocking chair. Sit upright, being sure to use good posture. Make certain your feet are firmly planted on the floor’s surface. Gently start rocking back and forth at a slow pace.

* Just keep rocking forward until you feel a pull. Slowly return to the original position. For myself, this works well for 5-10 minutes. It’s a wonderful warm-up exercise maneuver. It also works well on those days when you are feeling a little stiff.

Don’t have a rocking chair? Don’t worry..you can use an exercise bike. Put your feet on the pedals. For your right knee, bring the right pedal to the uppermost position.

* Gently start rocking/moving the pedal back and forth until you feel a gentle stretch. Use your left leg as an anchor to add resistance. Hold this position for five seconds, if desired. Do the opposite with your left leg.

Yes, it likely will be painful. No one ever said that recuperating from a total knee replacement is easy. As you progress in your post-tkr period, the pain will diminish.

Hopefully this will work for you, too. Good luck!

Of course, be sure to check with your medical care provider before starting any new tkr exercise maneuver.

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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.

This award-winning site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various health conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.

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How To Fit Exercise Into Your New Year’s Resolution

Hi everyone. The New Year is here and many resolutions involve getting in better shape. I regularly hear how there is no time to exercise. Below are some tried-and-true tips on how to fit exercise into your New Year’s resolution. They work with all health levels, even tkr recuperation. Of course, check with your doctor first.

Isometrics
These maneuvers involve simply tightening your muscles. Tighten one muscle, like your butt, and hold for a few seconds. Release tension and relax. Repeat with other muscle groups.

Isometrics are particularly helpful when recuperating from a tkr – total knee replacement. Tighten your thigh muscles (quadriceps) to rebuild strength lost by incisions made. Do this while either sitting or laying.

Planks
These dandies give you an all-body workout. Start out by doing only one minute and gradually build up your time and endurance.

Get onto the floor with your arms and legs extended. It’s the position used when doing a push-up. Place your body weight onto your hands and feet. Straighten your elbows. Hold in your stomach (core) muscles. Breathe normally as you hold this position for one minute – or less – to start.

When done correctly you will feel your arms, stomach, shoulders, back, and leg muscles all working in sync. This maneuver will not be doable until after your tkr recuperation.

Stretches
For an easy leg stretch, sit with your legs stretched (extended) in front of you. Keep your heels on the surface, toes pointed toward the ceiling. Gently move your upper body forward until you feel a stretch in your hamstrings (backside of your knee/leg). Hold this position for 10 seconds.

Gently and slowly return to your starting position. Repeat as needed.

Walking
Walking provides a cardiovascular and musculoskeletal workout. Do it at your own pace. Remember to wear comfortable, well-fitted shoes and socks.

Motto of story: Never let lack of time be an excuse for not exercising. The benefits far outweigh the drawbacks. There is always a way. Just find what works for you. The above-mentioned tips on how to fit exercise into your New Year’s resolution are still working for health-conscious individuals.

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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 physical-related concerns.

This site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author, tkr blogger, and tkr patient who has been living with various health conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader. https://www.wegohealth.com.

Ways To Optimize Your TKR Success

Hi everyone. This post is about finding ways to optimize your tkr success. Doing as much as you can, before and after your surgery, will pay dividends beyond your wildest dreams. They will put you back on the road to living a fruitful, healthy lifestyle. Here goes….

Be Frugal
More than likely (if you’re lucky), your health insurance will cover a total knee replacement (herein known as tkr). Still, you must concern yourself with getting the most for your money. There will probably be some out-of-pocket costs (expenses) involved. Get the biggest bang for your buck.

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Still…an oldie, but goodie worth sharing again.

Develop A “Can Do” Attitude
Your train of thought will help or hinder the entire tkr process. If you go into the endeavor with a “I’m dreading, hating, despising this” mode of thinking – you’re doomed from the beginning.

It is natural to have some negative thoughts at times. You are undergoing a life-changing, arduous surgery that requires immense sacrifice, fortitude, and determination. If you think you cannot do it, you will be correct. You won’t achieve success.

It’s a psychological phenomenon known as a “self-fulfilling prophecy”. There are numerous articles, books, and other media that discuss this topic, if you are interested. Just do some research. Or, as is common nowadays..”Google It”.

For a real-life case of children surviving by having this “I Know I Can Do It” attitude, click here:

“I Know I Can Do It!”  

Operated by the ‘Cure Our Children Foundation’.

Follow Your Physician’s Orders
That seems like common sense, but there are those who refuse to do this. There is a reason your doctor tells you to do something. It is to increase your tkr success.

Do Your Physical Therapy Exercises
This is the toughest part of any tkr recuperation. You need to do guided exercises that focus on all your leg muscle groups. You need to “rebuild” your strength, endurance, and flexibility. And, it will be painful and trying. I guarantee that!

Continue Exercising
Yes, that’s correct. Once your tkr physical therapy recuperation office visits end, do those exercises at home. Keep on doing them. NEVER GIVE UP!

Well, that’s about it for now for ways to optimize your tkr success. I’ll update this article when needed.

Your total knee replacement success is up to you!

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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 concern.

This site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various health conditions for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Marie is also a proud WEGO Health Patient Leader.  https://www.wegohealth.com.