Scoliosis and a Total Knee Replacement

Hi everyone. Due to numerous requests, I am reprinting this article about living with scoliosis and a total knee replacement. My total knee replacement is due to fracturing my femur 40+ years ago in an auto accident. During recuperation, the femur was misaligned and shortened, resulting in a leg length discrepancy and scoliosis. Hopefully, this insight can help you..

After having fractured my femur (the largest bone in the body), my gait was altered. In turn, this caused my spinal column to become malformed -“S”shaped. I developed scoliosis, curvature of the spine. Mine is happening from my waist down, the lower spine.

The scoliosis curved by spine so I now need a 2” shoe lift. Luckily, my spine condition has not caused me any severe problems – as I have heard other people experiencing.

A great exercise for dealing with scoliosis, for me, is to stretch from my waist to toe. (Like touching my toes, only I touch the ground with my wrists).

Also, another great exercise involves getting in the push up position and then arching my back like a cat and then reversing ..or “curving” it while looking up.

According to yoga practitioners, this yoga maneuver is titled the cat pose. Like many of you, probably, I was doing this stretch way before yoga became “the current craze”. It’s always interesting to see how exercises take on new forms and practices. ๐Ÿ™‚

I also like to lay on a flat surface and bring my knees to my chest. This stretches my lower back.

As long as I have had scoliosis, it is not something that has ever caused me extreme discomfort. I have been blessed in that matter. Perhaps it’s because I eat healthy, wear my shoe lift, exercise regularly, am medication-free, and take care of my health. Whatever the reason, I am truly grateful.

Hope this helps others going through the same thing. Of course, these exercises may not work for you. Always be safe and consult with your medical care provider before starting any new exercise.

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 physicalities for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through similar situations.

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3 Replies to “Scoliosis and a Total Knee Replacement”

  1. Glad everything still turned out good for you, thank you for sharing your experiences. Scoliosis is not a disease, but rather it is a term used to describe any abnormal, sideways curvature of the spine. Stretching exercises such as yoga, taking a lot of calcium, and walking does really help to strengthen and straighten the physical posture. Most patient would avoid exercise because of fear of causing harm to the spine which is common. But deriving a correct posture and balance for the muscle is the ultimate focus of the activities undertaken during Scoliosis. This may not totally and magically cure scoliosis but can definitely make the posture strong and give the muscles some balance.

  2. Comments on exercises and posture were really helpfull as I feel in a dark place as I have been told nothing can be done except to take painkillers which I have struggled to get ( co proxamol) not sure where to go from here as my rheumatologist was great but has left to go private and has been replaced by a locum which I do not find at all helpfull.

  3. Hi Penny,
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving your scoliosis comment. It is nice to know you find my suggestions helpful. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Keep in touch and good luck!

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