Hi my favorite readers! It’s been ten months since my total knee replacement (already!?) and I thought I’d take the time to update my recuperation process. So, here is my 10-months post-tkr update Progress Report…:)
It’s remarkable to me how my leg is now almost fully functioning. Immediately after surgery, my leg muscles could not even lift my leg AT ALL. To remember that and see where my leg is at now…is amazing to me. It involved a lot of work…but is so worth it. 🙂
- Leg lifts: accomplished from all angles â€“ up, sideways, backwards (with some pain)
- Balance: good balance on both legs.
- Walking: walking is not an issue anymore. Do it faithfully. My gait is normal .
- Knee bends: still tricky, not very deep, but doable
- Hamstring: now being used, still needs stretching to work properly
- Icing: Finally appreciate the benefits of icing and use it regularly
- Bicycling: Exercise bikes for flexibility. Good.
- Flexibility: Still being worked on. The best exercise for this, is using an exercise bike. My flexibility is still a major issue. The largest tkr after effect, actually.
- Stairs. No comment other than frustrating. On the positive side, I have noticed the degree of angle between stairs. Never noticed that before. 🙂
- Swelling. Knee is still swollen. Worse after exercising. Requires icing more.
- Pain. Muscles can hurt during and after exercising. Oh well. Part of the process.
Less Than Positive:
- Recently, my nonsurgical leg has started to hurt in the hip area. It’s probably due to the fact that I am still favoring my bionic leg. I just take breaks from stairs when this happens. And, I ice.
- Nerve pain near bionic knee. Oh well, so be it.
Hope all this helps others going through the same thing. Always remember that everyone recuperates at their own pace.
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