A Therapy Car For TKR Recuperation? YES!

Hi everyone. We all know the difficulties of getting in and out of a car after having a total knee replacement (aka tkr) surgery. There is some exciting news happening in the medical rehabilitation development field…it’s called a Therapy Car.

I just finished reading a very interesting article in the current issue of Virginia Mason’s newsletter. The Therapy Car was developed by the team members at this prestigious and world-known hospital. The device is in the licensing process for manufacture and distribution worldwide.

The model Therapy Car frame is composed of light-weight connectors and tubing that can be adjusted to simulate different automotive makes and models. There is something for everyone going through the total knee replacement recuperation process. How cool is that?

Before you go out and try to buy one, though – the therapy car is only used under the supervision of an occupational or physical therapist. It’ll be part of the therapy tools we can use during our tkr recuperation.

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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 physical concerns.

This site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physical concerns for over 40+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.

Karma At Its Best

Here are two true life stories that illustrate Karma working….

There was just a segment on the news that I thought was worth sharing. There was a car chase in Minnesota in which the pursued thought he could escape the police by jumping out of his car. He started running and ran to the nearest building. The building happened to be the City Hall. All the doors were locked except for one.

In a hurry, he opened the door and ran inside. Instead of finding solace, he was surprised to find out what the door led to. It was the Police Station.

On a more personal note, this reminds me of something that happened when I was growing up. My dad worked at the County hospital, where the parking lot was very large. After parking his car in the lot one day, he went out after work to get ready for his drive home. His car was gone.

Someone stole his car. Out of all the cars in that full parking lot, something enticed the creep to steal my dad’s old time, rather beat up station wagon. (This is back when station wagons were still made).

My dad hitched a ride home with one of his friends. Later in the day, while our family was sitting around the dinner table, we received a call from a nearby Police Department.

The caller informed us that they had located my dad’s car. The tank was on “E”. The creep that stole my dad’s car drove it until it ran out of gas.

It ran out of gas directly in front of the Police Station.

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Getting In and Out of a Car After A TKR

This can be tricky for awhile after having a total knee replacement. When first discharged from the hospital, I noticed how low my friend’s car was to the ground. It was extremely difficult to maneuver in and out of the car. I hadn’t thought about that prior to my tkr.

Here are some other suggestions….

Height. If the chassis, or your seat, is too low to the ground…put a pillow onto the seat. This will lift your body and provide more comfort. I would recommend using a fluffy, narrow pillow that covers the entire width of your rump. Otherwise, it might be too painful. That’s just me, though.

Seat. Move the seat all the way back. This is common sense, but it will give you more leg room. Remember, your tkr leg is not going to have much, if any, flexion when first out of surgery.
Even as I progressed during recuperation, I needed to slide my seat back to get in and out of my car. Then, once in the car, I could slide it forward again.

Plastic bag. Some people I know used a plastic bag to cover the seat. This provided them with more sliding ability. I never had to use this, but if it works for you….go for it.

Speed. Go slow. While getting in and out of my car during my tkr recuperation, a slug would have won a race with me. However, I never banged my leg against the car door, either. 🙂 Better safe than sorry, is my motto.

Hope these suggestions work for others going through the same thing.

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