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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