7 Ways to Speed Up Your Knee Replacement Recuperation

Hi my favorite readers. Many of you have approached me recently inquiring about ways to make the tkr recuperation easier. There is no simple approach, unfortunately. Sharing one of my more popular posts regarding this topic may help you. Good luck!

Having a total knee replacement surgery is only part of the process. Always remember that. How you deal with the recuperation to actually use your new knee is another part. It, actually, is the hardest part. Only you can determine the extent of your success.

  • Here are some ways I have noticed an improvement in my total knee replacement recuperation. My knee is getting better every day because of them. They may work for you. Here goes…

    * Every hour on the hour, get up and walk around. Even if it is for only a couple of minutes. You need to stand up and get your blood flowing. Your level of recuperation (and physical therapist) will determine whether you use a walking aide or not.

  • *Do as much as you can for yourself. Lower your reliance on others when you can easily do it yourself. You will only be hurting yourself.
  • *Know that it will be painful. You cannot get around having pain after a major surgery. Bummer.

    *Take a pain med prior to your exercise. I find that ½ hour beforehand works best for me. This will help make your exercise regimen go easier. Of course, your pain meds will decrease as time goes on and your level of recuperation increases. The sooner the better, I say.

    *Set a goal for your knee flexibility. Find a ‘hash mark’ on the floor that you want to stretch your foot to. Lift your leg farther than an earlier attempt. Your physical therapist can help with this.

    *Keep icing. After every exercise bout, ice your knee area. The best is a simple ice pack. Or, frozen peas and carrots work well.:)

    *Elevate. Keep your leg elevated when not exercising. This helps the healing.

    Recuperating from a total knee replacement takes work, time and effort. Stay with it and you will only benefit. Remember to check back here often to realize that you are not alone.

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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 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 the same thing.







    Icing a new knee….OUCH!

    Hi my favorite readers! After receiving numerous requests for this information, it seems appropriate to provide this reprint of a previous post to help those new to a tkr:

    Part of my total knee replacement recuperation process involves, of course, physical therapy.  After I complete my exercises, I am offered icing.  At first it was “yeah!”.  Now, it’s…”OUCH!”.  See, instead of just lying on my back and relaxing (like I used to do while being iced), they have started a new torture device…er, technique.

    My hamstrings need to be stretched out after 30 years of not using them properly.  My leg is not straight like it needs to be. So, to help this process along:  I lay on my stomach,  place my knee on an ice bag, and another ice bag contraption is placed on the back of my knee.  Then, a 2-pound weight is put on my ankle.

    This entire process occurs after an exercise involving my knee hanging over the side of the table.

    That timer can’t move fast enough.

    Hope this helps others going through the same thing.

    Find interesting? Kindly share…Thanks!

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






    Kudos to Physical Therapy!

    Going through the recuperation process after undoing a total knee replacement is not easy.  It is a lot of work.  However, it is worth it.  When initially starting physical therapy, it is pure torture.  In fact, the physical therapist told me that the PT stands for  “pain and torture”.  Did it ever.  Then one day…

    After being in tremendous pain, the physical therapist  simply stretched my leg and had me move slowly in another exercise.  Then, a muscle massage.  Suddenly, the pain diminished.  Lesson here?

    Kudos to physical therapy!

    Physical Therapists and Total Knee Replacements

    Hi my favorite readers! After being so frustrated with other aspects of my total knee replacement process, I feel it’s only right that I talk about a very positive aspect. That is physical therapy.

    Physical Therapists don’t let you slide. They make you set workout/exercise goals. They want you to use your muscles. And, they have mucho insight into simple exercises to ease pain. Another benefit of having a physical therapist is the fact they like the body to heal itself and operate as it’s meant to. The ones I have dealt with have been thrilled to see my progress. I like that. 🙂

    My total knee replacement recuperation had a recommended 4 week, 3/week physical therapy session time span. I exercise every hour on the hour, and my recuperation has gone remarkably well. So, my in-home physical therapy took one week. Now, I am being referred to an outpatient center. I’ll just keep exercising, walking, and believe I won’t need it.

    Of all the medical care providers I have dealt with, physical therapists get my vote. I like their all-natural, down to earth approach.

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