10 Natural Ways to Prepare for 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 site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author 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.

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 share a guest post written by the experts at The Joint Replacement Therapists. I am certain this insight about physical therapy after knee replacement surgery is the key to your success. Enjoy…
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.

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.

Booktoots’ Healing 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.

Happy 2017 Everyone! Calling All Readers! Help!

Calling for reader input and suggestions….

Happy 2017 to all of my readers! Thanks for taking the time to stop by and take a look around. Hoping this year will bring each and every one of you an abundance in every area of your life.

On a short note…this site has been around for nine years (you read that correctly. 🙂 ) Since this site is solely operated by myself, it can be difficult coming up with fresh ideas. Hence..I am turning to you!My readers have always come through before and I am confident you will this time. 🙂

Do you – one of my valued readers – have any suggestions for article topics? Are you dealing with a situation that could use some outside insight? Let me know!!

I promise to take all suggestions under consideration. This is already one of the most popular blogs online, let’s make it even better!

Feel free to contact me at booktoots35@gmail with your suggestions. You can also simply leave a comment below. Whatever floats your boat works.

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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.

TKR Exercise Is Critical

Hi everyone! One of my readers sent me this article about the importance of exercising after a total knee replacement. I thought it was interesting and wanted to share it again. The powerful data never grows old…

Exercise after knee replacement critical..

It may be uncomfortable at first, but doing exercises to strengthen your quadriceps after you’ve had knee replacement surgery due to osteoarthritis is critical to your recovery. In fact, it can boost the function of your new knee to nearly that of a healthy adult your age.

That’s the finding of a University of Delaware study published in the February issue of Arthritis Care & Research.

The authors include Lynn Snyder-Mackler, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Physical Therapy at the University of Delaware, Stephanie Petterson, clinical faculty at Columbia University, Ryan Mizner, an assistant professor at Eastern Washington University, Jennifer Stevens, an assistant professor at the University of Colorado at Denver, and Drs. Leo Raisis, Alex Bodenstab, and William Newcomb of First State Orthopaedics in Newark, Delaware.

“It sounds logical that exercises to strengthen your knee should be a component of your post-operative physical therapy after a total knee replacement, but it’s not the convention at all,” says Snyder-Mackler.

“There are all of these old wives’ tales that strength training is a detriment to the patient and that the new knee should be treated delicately,” Snyder-Mackler notes. “Our study demonstrates that intensive strength exercise as outpatient therapy is critical to begin three to four weeks after surgery.”

Nearly 500,000 knee replacements, also known as total knee arthroplasties, are performed every year in the United States to treat severe knee osteoarthritis, the loss of the cushiony cartilage padding the knee. The joint disease leaves its sufferers with persistent pain and limited function, resulting in an overall diminished quality of life.

While knee replacement alleviates the pain of osteoarthritis and improves function, patients exhibit impaired quadriceps strength and function for such activities as walking and climbing stairs, and the levels remain below those of healthy people of the same age.

In a randomized controlled trial at the University of Delaware’s Physical Therapy Clinic conducted between 2000 and 2005, 200 patients who had undergone knee replacements were given six weeks of progressive strength training two or three times a week starting four weeks after surgery. Half of the group also received neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES).

Their function was compared to that of 41 patients who received conventional rehabilitation and home physical therapy. Quadriceps strength, knee range of motion, and gait were measured in such tests as timed up and go, stair climbing and a six-minute walk.

The group in the progressive strength-training program showed significant improvement in quadriceps strength and functional performance. They also demonstrated substantially greater quadriceps strength and functional performance after 12 months than the group that underwent conventional rehabilitation.

“This study clearly demonstrates the importance of surgeons encouraging their patients to be compliant with progressive quadriceps strengthening during their rehabilitation to enhance their clinical improvement and function post-total knee replacement,” notes Dr. Leo Raisis, a total joint surgeon and adjunct associate professor at the University of Delaware.

“Why undergo a $25,000 elective surgery and then not do as much as you can to get the most out of it and improve your quality of life?” Snyder-Mackler says. “Older people are incredibly motivated—they hurt after the surgery and they want to be better. They need to do this.”

Hope this helps others going through the same thing. Remember, you are not alone. Check back here often for further insight to help your tkr recuperation process.

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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.

Healing After A Total Knee Replacement

Hi my favorite readers! I am honored to present this informative guest post written by an Austrailian physiotherapist. Take the following information into consideration during your tkr recuperation process.

Being a candidate of a total knee replacement surgery, you probably have been told that life after surgery will be the same as before. However, just like with any other treatment, the healing process does not take place overnight and you must follow your healthcare provider’s instructions for successful recovery.

Post-surgery activities
Your knee is the largest joint in your body. Therefore, a complete replacement is a major surgery. The following measures will help you adapt to your new knee and gradually start physical activity.

In the hospital
Before your discharge, the following steps will be undertaken:
* Early mobilization
Due to prolonged rest, your knee and muscles may have become very weak. Therefore, you may be instructed to resume subtle activity in order to strengthen the quadriceps muscles and be better able to control your new joint. Moreover, early activity is also essential to neutralize the after-effects of anesthesia and promote healing.

* Pain control and physical therapy
Even though pain after surgery is present in variable degrees, it can be effectively controlled with medication.

Your physical therapist will help you to control your new knee. Your knee may be aided with a continuous passive motion exercise machine that will subtly bend and straighten your knee. While you rest, you can also pedal your feet in order to encourage efficient blood flow in the legs.

After discharge
Your stay at the hospital may last for 3 to 7 days after surgery depending on how well you have progressed. Before your discharge, you must be able to perform the following tasks:
* Bend your knee at a right angle and/or show adequate progress in straightening and bending the knee
* Get in bed and out of bed without any help
* Walk with a walker or crutches

You may have a mild swelling following your discharge. This can be treated with elevating the leg, applying an ice pack for 15 minutes and wearing a compression hose.

You must continue the prescribed exercises for at least two months after your total knee replacement surgery.

To tone your muscles and maintain the flexibility of your knee, low-impact exercises such as riding a stationary bike can help.

What can you do at home?
For several weeks, you may need some help with your everyday activities. If sufficient help is not available, you may have to join a rehabilitation center.

You can also follow these tips to make your home more comfortable:
* Shift your room if you live on an upper floor in order to avoid using stairs
* Rearrange your furniture so you can walk with crutches without any interference
* Get rid of any rugs and unwanted cords to prevent falling
* To avoid bending too far use devices with long handles

After discharge, you should be able to resume your normal eating habits. Your doctor may also recommend taking vitamin C supplements to help in the absorption of iron in the body. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids and try to limit your intake of caffeine or coffee and alcohol. Avoid consuming too many foods with vitamin K, such as green beans, lentils, garbanzo beans, soybeans, soybean oil, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, spinach, turnip greens, lettuce, onions, cabbage and liver, while taking blood-thinning medication. Your vitamin K intake should be the same every day while you take blood-thinning medications as too much vitamin K can interfere with the medications and risk to blood clotting. Watch your weight as well in order to prevent excessive stress on the joint.

Author Bio:
This article was written by Jeff from www.BodyHeal.com.au, Australia’s premier physiotherapy and sports injury rehabilitation store. Visit their sports injury blog for more valuable information. Feel free to contact him through the website.

Thank you, Jeff! Hope this helps others going through the same thing.

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Total Knee Replacement Recuperation

Hi my favorite readers. Here is an interesting guest post written by Richard Haynes, a physical therapy professional. It contains a wealth of information that can benefit your tkr recuperation. Enjoy!

Once you have gone through your total knee replacement your work really has just begun. In fact, your surgeon will tell you that the surgery was the easy part, the hard part is the physical rehabilitation. What will determine your overall success after surgery will depend on the concentrated efforts both you and your physical therapist put into your treatments.

Your physical therapist will be in charge of providing the exercise knowledge and expertise along with pain management skills in helping you get to a speedy recovery. You will be in charge in putting forth both the physical and mental effort needed to get the results you need to be both pain free in the long term and fully functional.

In many cases most of you that have gone through this elective procedure have the self-motivation that is required to succeed and understood that before going into surgery. In other cases that I have come across, some do not fully understand what they have just gone through and, do not understand the mental discipline and toughness that needs to be acquired to have a successful rehabilitation experience.

An idea that will help everyone tremendously is to ask your surgeon to get you registered for a pre-operative class that explains what will be involved not only during your hospital stay but, what will be expected during your rehabilitation as well. These classes not only instruct you with pain management techniques after your hospital stay but, are also attended as well by a physical therapist that will guide you as to what you can expect after surgery and, what to expect once you get home.

Once you get home after a brief hospital stay, you will be seen by a therapist who will evaluate you and get you started on your home rehabilitation program. Your therapist should provide you with a detailed home exercise program with picture handouts that are easily followed and understood. In many cases, your hospital rehabilitation department may have issued you a home exercise program as well.
What needs to be stressed here once you are home is that your dedication to the exercise program and your discipline to getting the necessary work done will determine your final outcome. Your physical therapist will provide the instruction and motivation as to why you must follow the program as instructed but you must apply the work and that cannot be done for you.

I recommended to patients that they complete the home exercise program provided two times a day. In some cases therapists will stress three times a day however, in my years of following TKR patients I do not see any advantage in doing the exercise three times a day. If you do the exercise’s correctly two times you will achieve your rehabilitation goals.

What you want to remember is more is not better here. In too many cases I find patients that feel the more exercises they do the faster they will rehabilitate themselves. What you are doing in fact is setting yourself up for a painful experience for the next few weeks that really you did not need to experience in the first place.

Knee replacement surgery is painful enough by itself without self-sabotage by over doing the exercise program. Keep the communication lines open between your physical therapist, nursing staff and of course your surgeons’ office to help answer any questions that are bound to come up during rehabilitation.
If you understand the fact that you and you alone are now responsible for your final outcome, you will have a better chance in having a successful outcome after surgery and begin living your life pain free once again.

Richard Haynes PTA, CPT.
Richard is a physical therapist assistant that specializes in total joint replacement recovery in the home health sector in southwest Florida. Richard has worked in the field of physical therapy since 1995 and graduated from Saint Petersburg College. Having had a total knee replacement himself in 1999, he understands and experienced first-hand the trials and tribulations that can go with rehabilitation.
Richard also can be reached at mailto:richard@richardhaynes.com/contact.

Richard can also be reached via his website at:

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Seeking Guest Blogger

Hi my favorite readers!

I am seeking a guest blogger who has a strong health-related background. Assignments average 300 words, frequency varies. By including your blog link at the end of your post, you will receive priceless publicity.

Take the first step by sending me two writing samples and a link to your blog.

Send to:

Thanks and hope to hear from you soon!

Marie (aka Booktoots)

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Guest Blogger Guidelines

Hi my favorite readers! I recently wrote about open guest blogger slots being available on my site. I have received some wonderful responses. Thank you for that. I believe it is time to mention guidelines, though.

As a guest blogger, it is your responsibility to proofread your content and make certain it is appropriate for publication on my site. Check spellings, grammar, links and author bio. It is not my responsibility to contact you and ask if everything is ok. It is not my responsibility to correct your oversights. If the article is not fit for publication, it will not be published. Period.

As a guest blogger, include a Writer Biography that uses concise and factual information to give readers an idea about your qualifications. In technical terms, this is known as the 30-second commercial. There are a number of online sites that can help with this. It also is discussed in detail in business classes and business publications. Your 30-second commercial will go far in developing your online presence.

Kindly submit your article in an easy-to-copy and paste Word or PDF format. Do not send me to Google Docs where I have to perform a number of tasks in order to publish your article. Make it as easy and convenient for both of us.

I will also send these guest blogger guidelines privately to individuals accepted as submitters.

Thanks for your time and consideration.

Guest Blogger Update

Hi my favorite readers! Something’s been happening that is noteworthy of mentioning here. It concerns the topic of guest bloggers.

As may know, I have been requesting guest bloggers to contact me in hopes of sharing information while increasing exposure to their sites. Well, I have received responses. However, here’s the point….

Even though I have received some fantastic posts (which have been published on this site), some others have had absolutely nothing to do with my health-related subject area. The posts have obviously been spinned to bring attention to the blogger’s site. Isn’t it common sense that when you submit a guest post to a site that it relates to the general theme of the site? I keep forgetting not everyone has common sense.

So, please don’t send me your guest posts that have nothing to do with this site’s theme of health. Have more respect for me, my readers and yourself. Keep your political nonsense, miracle cures, celebrity gossip, erectile dysfunction drug stupidity and/or other similar-related blog posts for another site.

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The Benefits of Exercise While Living with HIV/AIDS

Hi my favorite readers! We all know the importance of exercising to stay healthy and recuperate from a total knee replacement. Exercise also plays a key role for improving overall health for those afflicted with HIV/AIDS.

Here is a guest post written by Jim Rollince from Gym Source that provides great insight. Thank you, Jim. Enjoy and learn!

Exercising is not the cure to HIV/AIDS, but it can work wonders when it comes to improving the quality of life and bettering the health of those living with the disease. Exercising daily can help to alleviate symptoms of HIV/AIDS and reduce the side effects of both the disease and the medications used to treat it.

There are many important benefits of exercising for those living with the HIV/AIDS disease. Exercise can increase muscle mass, along with strength and endurance to help those with the disease feel healthier. Exercise can also greatly increase the amount of energy felt that many people living with HIV/AIDS usually feel depleted of. Lung and heart endurance along with bone strength can also greatly improve with moderate daily exercise.

Stress and even depression can oftentimes come alongside of HIV/AIDS diagnosis. Exercise can help with this as well as it is a fantastic way to reduce stress and improve sense of well-being. Many times it may be difficult to sleep and eat as well, but luckily exercising can help increase appetite and help people living with HIV/AIDS to fall asleep more quickly and with better quality rest.

Exercising can also stabilize and prevent declines in CD4 cell count, which are white blood cells also known as T-4 cells. These cells play an important role in the immune system as they help to fight off diseases and lead attacks against infections. Increasing the amount of physical activity in daily life can decrease levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, and fat in the body as well as improve the body’s control of glucose, or blood sugar.

The amount of exercise people living with HIV/AIDS receive can be increased easily. A great way to incorporate more exercise into daily life is to purchase some decent quality home gym equipment. Treadmills or ellipticals will easily fit into a living room or bedroom, and will make it much easier and more convenient to get exercise needed daily without the hassle of getting out of the house and going to the gym.

Those living with HIV/AIDS should remember not to overdo exercise with a compromised immune system. Always drink adequate amounts of water while exercising. Over exercising can cause lean body mass loss, which may lead to AIDS wasting. This should not worry those who exercise moderately and should not keep those with HIV/AIDS from exercising due to fear. Always be careful when doing any physical activity as not to get hurt or injured.

Exercise can help people living with HIV/AIDS immensely to reclaim health and feel better on a daily basis. There are many health benefits that increasing physical activity can deliver. One of the most important ways people living with the HIV/AIDS disease can improve their quality of life and feel better on a daily basis is to add exercise into their daily routine. Boosting the immune system through exercise is one of the best things to do for the body to help it fight off an HIV/AIDS infection.

About the Author: Jim Rollince serves as the Head of Creative Writing at Gym Source. He has written about numerous Health and Fitness related issues over the years, and continues to learn and write about new things everyday. Email him at jimr@gymsource.net

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