Hi everyone. Recently, I have received a number of comments regarding nerve damage after a tkr. I have written about this previously, but wanted to provide yet another update. The update is based on my personal experience. My nerve damage was caused prior to my tkr. Remember, your experience may be different..and probably is. Anyways…here goes with my insight into nerve damage, bone spur and tkr:
The nerve damage pain is caused by a former bone spur. It is unpredictable. Sometimes it flares up after swimming and sometimes it does not. I have noticed that when I extensively use my legs during the paddling process, the pain exacerbates quickly. Sometimes the pain is so intense that I need to bite my tongue to walk into the locker room. Sometimes the pain is simply an annoyance.
When the pain does flare up, I notice that doing some upper torso turns provides a natural way to reduce pain levels. The exercise involves keeping my lower body facing straight ahead while my upper body turns from right to left. Or rather, I turn my body in those directions. 🙂
What I find interesting is over the years, I have noticed that the nerves alongside my knee seem to be attached to the lower portion of my spinal column. Knee-to-chest exercises also work well to reduce pain levels. Rarely does the nerve pain extend to my ankle.
NOTE: My physical therapist worked miracles with this reducing this pain by recommending this maneuver to stretch out my hips: Stand with your nonhurting side against the wall. Keep your torso against your upper arm. Touch your hip to the wall. When done properly, there is a definite stretch going on. Do this 10 times to start.
Well, thought I’d share the information to help others going through the same thing.
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