In a previous blog post I mentioned how distraught it was having my bionic knee area being stiff, swollen, and painful. It seemed to be getting worse and I just couldn’t figure it out. Well, something interesting happened just a couple of days later.
After wondering what I was doing wrong, I just became a “couch potato” while icing my knee and laying it on a pillow. I did this for an entire day. I did not walk up or down stairs, do any knee exercises, or walk that much.
Suddenly, after this short break period, there was a breakthrough. When I was laying down at night, I noticed my leg was lying flat on the bed. Normally, I go through great deliberations about resting my leg on a pillow in order to avoid pain. Usually, it was too painful to lay my leg flat on any surface. I was so surprised about this revelation, that I left my leg lying flat to see if there was going to be any pain. The pain did not start until about 20 minutes later. Even when it started, the pain was minimal compared to what it was previously. Wow. That was a definite change.
The next day, I noticed I had more flexibility going up and down stairs. And, the pain was lessened. Was this a result of my resting for an entire day?
It seems that these spurts are becoming more common. It must be part of the total knee replacement recuperation process.