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.

Find interesting? (And why wouldn’t you?)…Kindly share with others.

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.







Isometric Straight Leg Lifts – TKR

Here is one of the exercises I was given by both my physical therapist and doctor’s clinic to help with my total knee replacement recuperation. Believe me, it’s a doozie when first attempted! (meaning….hard, hard work) It’s easier and more fun to read about it than actually do it – but where does that get you? 🙁

Isometric Straight Leg Lifts

  1. Begin lying on your back with your legs fully extended.

  2. With the leg straight, lift the leg so that the heel is 12” off the floor.

  3. Your toes (foot) should be pulled back toward your knee.

  4. Hold your leg in this position for a full 10 seconds.

  5. After 10 seconds, lower your leg and repeat the exercise with the opposite leg.

  6. Continue to alternate legs until you have done 30 lifts on each leg.

  7. This program should be done twice a day (two times).

When it becomes easy to do 30 leg lifts twice per day, add 2-1/2 pounds of weight to each ankle. Continue to exercise in the same manner as above. Continue to increase the weight as it becomes necessary, usually 2-1/2 pounds every 7-14 days.

Week 1 – no weight to 2-1/2 pound weights

Week 2 – 2-1/2

Week 3 – 2-1/2 to 5

Week 4 – 5

Week 5 – 5 to 7-1/2

Week 6 – 7-1/2

Do not expect results in 2-3 days. It usually takes 3-4 weeks before you notice any improvement.

Be patient and do the exercises faithfully.

If you develop soreness or irritation due to the exercise program, use ICE for 30 minutes following each exercise session.

Originally Published by:

Virginia Mason/Department of Surgery

Section of Orthopedic Surgery

Hope this helps others going through the same thing.

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Back At It

Well, after undergoing a total knee replacement, I’m back at it – working on my blog with my laptop. There will be plenty of time to write for the next few weeks. 🙂 

My surgery was done at Virginia Mason in Seattle and I highly recommend them. I found them to be efficient, excellent communicators, and genuinely concerned about my well being. Plus, they are noted to be in the top 5% of hospitals nationwide for excellence in total knee replacement surgery. I can see why.

My back at it means that in addition to writing on my book project, I have been keeping a medical log/journal of activities leading up to my knee surgery.

Logs are a great way to get things in writing, stay on track, and also notice changes (if any). Everything in my log is factual – with dates, times, and methods involved.  Plus, journals can easily be turned into books. Hmm..

Til we meet again….

Find interesting? Kindly share…

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 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.