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TKR Leg Straightening Exercises That Make a Difference

Hi everyone. I’ve been receiving numerous emails about tkr leg straightening exercises. It seems that an update to a previously popular article is in order. I am leaving the original comments intact so you can gain further insight.

Leg straightening was of particular interest to me during my initial tkr recuperation stages. I had to spend extra time working on this area to make my leg (knee) lie flat on any surface. You are probably the same way.

Hope the following information is useful to you..

Search online and you will notice that there have been a number of blog posts written about ways to straighten your leg after undergoing a total knee replacement. I have used them and they work well. Even though the basic exercise maneuver and format is there, it is always interesting to see these exercises from a different perspective. All variations can be individualized to suit individual needs.

I love sharing insight from my readers. In this instance, it is from Monique, one of my favorite contributors who just underwent a tkr herself. Her helpful suggestions put a different spin on some traditional leg straightening exercises to do during the tkr recuperation process. I thought her variations would be helpful to share with everyone. I have tested each maneuver and can attest to its legitimacy. They are as follows, in her words:

1) Lie on the bed and extend the TKR leg and place the heel on a rolled up towel so that the leg is slanted, not touching the bed. Then take a phone book, open it in half and place it across the knee. Stay in position for about 4 minutes. (I had to work up to this because it hurt when I first began doing this.)

2) Another exercise for straightening the leg…Lie face down on bed and let your leg hang over the edge of the bed about at the knee. Add a weight on the ankle of the TKR knee. I put the strap of my purse on my ankle and let the bag hang down. Stay in position for about 4 minutes or as long as your can stand it.

I like the idea of the phone book as a weight in exercise #1. And, the idea of using a purse strap in exercise #2 is very ingenious, in my opinion. 🙂

Thanks, Monique. I’m sure others will enjoy these exercises as well. Well, maybe not enjoy them (due to pain, you know..), but will get great use out of them. 🙂

Hope this helps others going through the same thing.

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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.

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.






Natural Way to Lessen Joint Pain

Natural remedies are the way to go for handling a variety of health ailments, including lowering the level of arthritis pain throughout our body. Here’s some information that I find pertinent, have tried and wanted to share with you:

Arthritis patients may take daily (morning and night) one cup of hot water with two tablespoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. When taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and one-half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week (out of the 200 people so treated) practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain. Within a month, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis now started walking without pain.

Try it, you may like it!

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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. 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.







Walking, Bruised Feet & A TKR

Something strange occurred THREE weeks ago after my taking a walk. I have walked for up to four miles since my tkr without any concerns. However, this time I changed my shoes and head out for the trail. These shoes were sold as “walking shoes”. Here’s the lowdown:

Near the end of my walk, I started getting pains in my total knee replacement side foot. I could feel my shoes pinching my big toe and causing a disruption of my steady gait. However, I did not give it much more thought. I just thought that it was a good walk, but I may have overdone it. I was simply planning on coming home, taking a shower, and becoming a couch potato while enjoying my beloved hockey. Oh…and ice.

Upon rising the next day, I was in for something I had not ever experienced before. My big toe was completely bruised. There was a bruised area on the top of my foot above my middle toe, also. Woah…I then realized I needed new shoes. Some “walking shoes”. 😕 I also figured that my bruising would be gone within the week since that is my average recuperation time from bruising. I handle bruises well, usually.

Here it is three weeks later and the bruises are still there. I do not like calling my doctor over something like a bruise, but after having a total knee replacement, I was not comfortable with the time period involved between my walk and bruising period (aka….NOW). Plus, one of my friends suggested that I call just to be safe.

I just got done calling my tkr doctor’s office and was told there was no answer unless pain was involved. Luckily, there is no pain involved. Just bruising. “That’s a good question,” I heard. Another area of concern, I was told, was if there was bruising anywhere else on my body. There is not.

So, I guess I will just wait for the bruising to run its course. It is crazy to have it around for this long. In the meantime, there has to be a good pair of walking shoes out there somewhere with my name on them. 🙂

I thought I would share this information with my readers in case anyone else is going through, or has gone through, the same thing.

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Dental Work & A TKR

Prior to my total knee replacement, I needed to attend a pre-op total knee replacement class. It was very informative and I was glad it was provided. Well, while going through this class, I received some particularly surprising and interesting information.

It turns out that for two years after a tkr, patients need to take antibiotics every time they are planning on having a dental appointment. It doesn’t matter what type of dental work is being done, either. It can be a gentle cleaning or a fun-filled root canal. Whatever it is, antibiotics are needed.

It turns out that when dental work is done, sometimes blood is drawn. (You know, like when you’re cleaning your teeth too vigorously and they start to bleed? Or….am I the only one this happens to? 🙂 ) This can increase the likelihood of an infection occurring. So, to be safe, the medical profession requires antibiotics be taken.

My dentist believes this is old school thinking, which in time will not be necessary. Regardless, I still need to follow these instructions for the time being.

I bring this up since I am going to the dentist tomorrow and needed to pick up my antibiotics today. Instructions state I take two capsules one hour prior to appointment.

Oh boy, can’t wait. First, the antibiotics. Secondly, the jack hammer drill. 🙁 Life is rough sometimes. (That’s a sarcastic joke attempt).

(If my dentist ever reads this blog, thanks to my guest writer for writing this post. 🙂

Hope this helps others going through the same thing.

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The Immune System & A Total Knee Replacement

Taking care of yourself after a total knee replacement (tkr) is imperative. I know that applies to every day and everyone, but those of us recuperating from a tkr – it is doubly important.  Here’s my story…

After having a prolonged cold, of which I rarely get, I was scared about the intensity of my symptoms. So, I called the doctor. (Remember….I am not a doctor callin’ kind of person. Prior to my tkr, I RARELY needed the services of a doctor since my health was overall very good. I didn’t even have a general family doctor, since I didn’t need one. This isn’t intended as bragging, simply stating a fact.)

Anyways, I had never had such a serious cold and was concerned about it turning into a bacterial infection. Us total knee replacement patients (at least I am) are super sensitive to infections. When I described my concern to the nurse, I asked if my swollen knee was a result of my immune system still being “not up to par”. I knew that a cold was a result of a weak immune system.

“Yes, your immune system is still recuperating. That is why your knee is still swollen,” is what I heard. I was told that if it lasted for another couple days (it had already been two weeks), to go see my general physician. Luckily, I just started drinking more warm liquids and eating soft foods. The symptoms were greatly decreased in two days. So…..no doctor. Whooppeee!!!  (Nothing personal against doctors. 🙂 )

I am only relaying this information since it is amazing how everything in the human body is tied together in some form. To me, the human body is awe-inspiring. (Even with my still recuperating bionic knee).

Everyone heals at their own rate and in their own way. Respect the intricacies of the human body to heal itself and adjust to the foreign object it has in it now (aka “bionic knee”).  Help it along as best as you can.

Hope this helps others going through the same thing.

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Frustration & A Total Knee Replacement

It’s been almost six months since my total knee replacement surgery and I go in and out of frustration with the recuperation process. Even though I am grateful for not having the joint pain I used to, the recuperation process is still trying.

Going downstairs is very slow, with my knee needing much increased flexibility. Plus, it is painful. I know that I need to keep working at it, but it is just frustrating. I did not expect it to take so long to recuperate from a tkr. Stairs are a great exercise for me, though.  I do notice the increased flexibility, too.

My knee area is still swollen. I was told by the doctor’s office it would take about 2-3 months. Sure. I know nothing is wrong, since my x-ray is perfect. My recuperation is just taking time. Everyone has a different recuperation time.

There is still muscle and tissue pain surrounding my knee, even when I stretch it out. Usually, the pain is greatest in the back of my knee (hamstring). However, the pain is much less than it used to be.

My lower leg swells up when I sit in a seating position with my feet on the floor.  This can be painful. That’s why I’m keeping it elevated today. My shin and ankle swelling could be much worse, though.

Don’t get me wrong.  I do not regret at all having the total knee replacement surgery done. I am much better off than before my surgery.  It’s just frustrating at times.

I am sharing this information since I believe others are in the same boat. 🙂

On the positive side, I walked for four miles earlier in the week without any joint pain at all. That in and of itself is worth the long recuperation process. 🙂 There is no way I could have done that prior to my surgery. How nice is that?

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