Well, a discovery was made earlier this week. Prior to this week, five months after a total knee replacement, I was sitting on the sofa with my laptop. Sometimes I would have my leg extended while other times I would not. It finally was getting too uncomfortable sitting on the sofa, so I switched to the desk.
The desk and hardback chair are a much more comfortable setting. My leg is flexible enough to touch the ground, like a ‘normal’ knee when I sit in the chair. It didn’t use to be like that only a few weeks ago. So, as I sat for the majority of the day working on my laptop, I would get up every half hour (or so) to stretch my legs. Ouch..That’s life, though.
Then, after getting done writing a few hours later, I noticed that my bionic leg (leg with artificial knee joint) was very swollen around the ankle. In fact, it was so swollen, I couldn’t move it. Woah….
Prior to my total knee replacement, every time I sat at my home desk I would prop my leg up on a large exercise ball. It was the only way I could keep my knee from locking up on me. (It was not a fun time.) So, after noticing how swollen my lower leg was the other day, I decided to use this tactic again.
Problem solved. No swelling, no pain, and no griping. I’ll have to find something else to gripe about. (My exercise ball is the same height as the seat of my chair. Perfect fit. )
Moral of story: Exercise balls are good for more than just exercising. They can be used as a leg extender while sitting at a desk. 🙂