Hi everyone. Some of you have asked me about using a laptop after a tkr..aka total knee replacement. Since I was doing this one week after my surgery, here are a few suggestions that worked well for me and are worth sharing again:
BTW: It was too painful to sit with my feet on the floor during this time period. Besides…I didn’t have the flexibility to do that. 😕
* Sit on a sofa with a pillow behind your back. I’m a stickler for good posture. 🙂 Place a coffee table parallel to the sofa.
* Straighten your tkr leg and place your foot onto a coffee table. Yes, there will be room between the sofa and table. This will help stretch out your hamstring. It may be painful, but what part of your tkr recuperation isn’t?
* I found putting some ice onto my tkr knee afterwards helped. You may decide to not do this…your choice.
* Put a pillow onto your lap. Place the laptop on the pillow. Make certain the distance/angle between your laptop and arms is not too much.
I like to have my lower arms parallel to my laptop to avoid any carpal tunnel effects. The pillow I use is not too fluffy and provides a nice cushion without affecting the laptop.
* Type away.
When it starts to get warm, just move the pillow & laptop onto the side for a bit. Stretch your fingers and arms.
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