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Using Benchmarks During a TKR Recuperation

Throughout my recuperation process from a total knee replacement, having benchmarks has played a role. Here is one of the first benchmarks I have used during my fun times of tkr recuperation (humor attempt):

My first week after having a tkr (also known as post-tkr), my benchmark was the hashmarks on the kitchen linoleum floor. How is that? Well, my exercise involved sitting in a chair with my feet on the floor. I was to slide my foot back as far as I could. This exercise had a purpose of increasing my tkr joint’s flexibility through strengthening my quadricep on my leg containing the total knee replacement. At the time, strengthening my quadricep was of prime importance.

I set my eyes upon a line/hashmark on the floor. Then, I gently slid my foot back to meet that line. The line was my benchmark. Believe me, that is not an easy exercise. In fact, it took everything I had to do it. I had to hold on for dear life to the chair seat in order to budge my foot a whopping 1/4”. Sometimes I needed to use my “good leg” to gently ease back my bionic leg. It’s a tough exercise to do.

One does not appreciate how the leg muscles work, and how lucky they are to have them work, until recuperating from a surgery such as a tkr.

Hope this helps someone else going through the same thing.

This is one example of how using benchmarks is necessary for a proper total knee replacement recuperation. (The search engines will like that sentence. 🙂 )

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3 Responses

  1. I’m one week into my first TKR recuperation (with another scheduled for April 13th). I have read a number of your postings with interest – and definitely identify with your benchmarks!

    I’m thrilled to get up and back to bed in under 10 minutes! I’m shooting for 8!

    Thanks for sharing your experiences.

  2. 10 days after TKR, I have less total movement that the day after the surgery. The day after the surgery, the knee still filled with pain killers, I could bend the knee over 90 degrees. Now 10 days later, I am guessing, but I can only bend it back around 70 degrees, It stills hurts like hell trying to straighten out but it seems that I can almost get it straight. Most of the pain is in the calf. Anybody have any thoughts.

  3. Hi Jan,
    Thanks for your feedback and good luck with your new tkr!

    Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your comment.

    What worked great for me for increasing flexibility was/is riding an upright bike (it HURTS) followed by ICING.
    Good luck and keep in touch!

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