The other day after I got done with my walking and working out on my exercise bike, I thought I’d experiment. Usually, I ice immediately after any exercise. This time – I didn’t. I was curious to see what the effects of not icing would be on my total knee replacement recuperation.
First of all, after exercising:
My bionic knee was not swollen nor painful.
The flexibility was very good after exercising.
I felt like I had a good workout.
I was very proud of myself.
Fast forward a couple of hours, after not icing:
My knee was more swollen than usual.
My knee was stiffer than usual.
There were more lingering pains than I had experienced before.
I experienced pain in the middle of the night.
I could not sleep properly, due to this pain. (I usually don’t have pain during my sleep time)
I was not a happy camper.
Moral of story: Icing is necessary after a workout on a tkr knee – even seven months after surgery.
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