Here is a reprint of one of my popular posts that I continually get requests for. It contains my insight into icing and a total knee replacement. Enjoy!
Hi my favorite readers! I just found out that some patients were not told about icing after having a total knee replacement done. This is unbelievable to me.
Without icing, my knee would be so swollen and painful, it would be difficult to walk. Icing keeps the swelling in check. It also helps decrease the pain after exercising. In the hospital, I had ice on all the time.
There are a number of resources online about how to ice after a total knee replacement. One important thing to remember is to elevate your feet above your heart level. One of my favorites is by Peerwell at https://peerwell.co/blog/expert-icing-after-joint-replacement-surgery/. Take a look for more info.
Once getting home, I iced for about 2-3 hours per day – at least. I don’t believe those who say that it’s too much. I know it helped me out, so I don’t listen to naysayers.
Today, almost 5 months after my tkr, I still ice after exercising. It’s usually for about 30 minutes now. I know I need icing when I can feel my knee and it’s warm after exercising. That means it got a workout (my PT lady told me that 🙂 )
Prior to my tkr, I used to think icing and ice packs were a waste of time. My, how times have changed during my tkr recuperation. 🙂
NOTE: Just be sure not to ice for so long that your tkr knee skin freezes! It can happen. That is one crazy experience.
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