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Exercise 1-1/2 Years Post TKR?

I received a perplexing inquiry recently. Exercise is such an important part of my life that I just don’t give it a second thought. Anyways…the inquiry was if patients exercise 2 years after a tkr?

It has been…woah…I just counted it on my fingers…18 months since my tkr. Yes, I exercise. I wouldn’t do it any other way. I may not be doing the type of physio exercises to regain my leg muscle strength, but I do exercise. Why would I not want to? It’s such an integral part of healthy functioning. I feel unhealthy when I don’t engage in some sort of exercise.

My exercise consists of walking and riding an upright stationery bike. I alternate days.
There are days, however, when I go walking instead of the using the bike. It’s just more fun to get outdoors and listen to the birds. Sometimes people get in the way, but that’s ok. (that’s supposed to be funny) 🙂

Walking consists of 2 miles with a 5 pound hand weight. Sometimes I use a 2 pound ankle weight on each leg. My exercise regime also consists of balancing myself on one leg for as long as I can. Some days it is for 30 seconds, other days it’s longer. Just depends.

I cannot imagine not exercising now. The benefits received far outweigh anything. For years I did aerobic dancing at home. I’d park away from the store entrance in order to walk more. I’d walk when others would take a cab. I’ve always had a mindset that I have two legs, be grateful to use them.

Then, a year prior to my tkr, I needed to carry crutches with me everywhere since my knee would “lock up” on me. The pain was unbearable and I never knew when it would happen. I couldn’t enjoy “simple” walking anymore. I couldn’t do anything physically taxing without extreme discomfort. Even sitting in a chair could be painful. It was a total bummer.

So, yes, exercise after a tkr recuperation is “done” (is it ever really done?). You have a new knee, why not use it?

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5 Responses

  1. (I just don’t want to wear out my new knee…..lol)

  2. I have had my right hip replaced in March 2009 and my left knee replaced in July 2008. After not being able to do much exercising for so long, like 3 years due to the hip pain, I relish the idea of doing an sort of exercise. I would think that anyone who has had a replacement has gone through physical therapy. The exercises received there can be included in life time maintenance of the replacement. It was recommended by my orthopedic specialist that I cross train, so that means alternating between walking, biking and going to a gym. Most towns now have physical therapy places that offer low cost physical fitness centers. Many health insurance companies will cover the cost of going to a center up to a certain cost each month. The key is to look at what is low impact on the knee. I like an elliptical machine when I go to the gym. It is low impact and can give one an excellent cardo workout. I also find that if I don’t exercise, my knee gets stiff so it is telling me – do some exercise with me. The rest of my body needs the exercise too.
    A knee replacement should last at least 10 -12 years.

  3. Sorry the hip was replaced in March 2008, I didn’t catch my error on my first read through, that is 17 months ago.

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  5. Excellent post. Can’t wait to read a lot more about this topic.

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