Natural Remedies for A TKR

Hi everyone. I am always on a mission to find natural remedies for a tkr. There are many available. Most are cheap, nutritious, and easy to find. RICE comes into play. This post is especially for a friend who is having a tkr today.

Ice. This is a no-brainer. Putting ice in a towel before placing it on my knee helps out tremendously.

Rest. Take a break and simply resting must be included in the list of natural remedies for a tkr. I find laying on the couch solves this dilemma perfectly. 🙂

Elevation. Raising my tkr leg above heart level helps reduce swelling. This, in turn, lowers pain levels.

Compression. Wrapping my tkr knee in a compression bandage helps reduce swelling. I do this before going for a walk.

Make certain not to wrap your tkr too tightly, though. That will hurt and make things worse.

Bananas. My favorite fruit! Bananas contain plentiful amounts of potassium. This mineral helps reduce leg cramps (which I commonly get). It also boosts my energy levels.

Hockey. It is inspiring to watch what players go through and bounce back without a hitch. I admire that.

Humor. One of the most important natural remedies for a tkr is keeping a good sense of humor. Find humor in as much as possible. Laughter is medicine.

Music. What more needs to be said? Choose your favorite genre and lose yourself.

Massage. I find that giving myself a massage helps increase circulation, lower stiffness, and decrease pain. Anytime, anywhere.

That’s all the natural remedies for a tkr that I can think of for now. Hopefully, they will help you also.

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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 tkr blog site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physical conditions for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

8 thoughts on “Natural Remedies for A TKR”

  1. hi marie,
    you have just described in your blog, life with a total knee replacement. you hit the nails on the head with everything. ouch!! i also do the banana thing ever since my preadmission when they told me i was low on potassium. so i had to eat a banana a day until my surgery. but i found that they ripened too soon also, so i found these “baby bananas” and they are smaller but just enough to do the trick and last longer, because you don’t need to eat a large one to get the benefits. just a little fyi (no pun intended). take care and keep on blogging, i check in with you all everyday.

  2. Thanks for your comment and kudos, Sharon. 🙂 I’ll have to look for those “baby” bananas. Good suggestion.

  3. Good resilient shoes also help give knees relief from walking on hard surfaces….real knees or prosthetic!

  4. Yes, I have 2 bananas (green) per day, take Magnesium and Selenium (for quick healing), and sometimes if the cramps are too much then I take a quinine tablet. Phew, what a nightmare all this. It takes very long to heal, but little bitties everyday helps. Good luck to all.

  5. Hello Marie. I can relate so much with your post. I saw my parents uses that alternatives to ease that process. I want them to have longer years in these world and i owe you so much for sharing this knowledge . Thanks

  6. Kathleen Martens

    Hi all. I am preparing for bilateral tkr and I would be lying if I said that I was not anxious. I turn 63 this year and our family is very outdoorsy and sporty and I am very limited with my participation the past year or so. I have been through the less invasive procedures but the pain and restrictive mobility still persists.
    My surgeon feels that it is better to do this now rather than later as my fitness levels are still very good in spite of my present limitations. Wish me luck.

  7. Hi Kathleen,
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving your tkr comment. The sooner you have the surgery, the sooner you can begin recuperating for your next adventure. 🙂 It’s only natural to be anxious.
    Remember to check back here often to realize you are not alone in your ordeal.
    Best of luck and keep in touch!
    Marie (aka Booktoots)

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