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Ways to Notice Favoring Your Non-tkr Leg…

It seems so natural, in my opinion. As part of my tkr recuperation process, my “good” leg has been overused. I didn’t give it any thought since it occurred so naturally. It’s probably happened to you, as well. After noticing results of my “good” knee deteriorating recently, I started paying attention to how this overuse has accumulated and happened. Here’s what I found….

When bending to pick up an item, I put my body weight onto my non-tkr leg. As I bend that knee, the joint pressure increases.

When I lean forward to reach for something, I put my body weight onto my non-tkr leg. Same principle applies.

When I go downstairs, my non-tkr knee takes the brunt of the action. I notice it during the bending portion.

When going upstairs, no matter how hard I try, my non-tkr knee still takes the brunt of my body weight. Even when I lead with my tkr leg, my other knee still crunches.

When raising from a seated position, my “good” leg does the majority of the lifting. My body weight shifts to my non-tkr leg. That leg receives the joint pressure.

When putting on pants, my weight is on my non-tkr leg more than an average amount of time. (I’m a sight for sore eyes when putting on pants. That’s another story. Not complaining, just stating a fact.)

When in bed, I use my non-tkr leg to change positions (thank God, I can do that…all of us tkr people know about sleep difficulties).

When getting off the couch or out of bed, I usually lead with my non-tkr leg.

Wow…I’m stopping while I’m ahead. That’s a lot of extra work put on one faithful, ready-to-please knee joint. And, it all happened without thinking.

It’s nice becoming aware. Then, changes for the better can be made. So, it’s time to change behaviors.

As grateful as I am to have two legs, I don’t mind babying the “good” knee that I have. I’m not living in fear, just protecting what I have. As grateful as I am for having gone through my one tkr, I do not want to go through another one. Period.

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3 Responses

  1. I didn’t have a choice, both my knees were beyond changing behaviours! I had my 2nd replacement surgery nearly 4 months after the 1st one… and it was absolutely amazing how strong the first TKR knee was! I’m not pushing you toward surgery, but if it happens, your TKR knee is much stronger than you think!

  2. I had to make a conscience effort to balance my body weight as my non tkr became swollen and hard to bend. My first thought was, here we go again. My second thought was, no we don’t. I began to lead upstairs with my tkr and down with my tkr. Dressing, walking, standing, sitting and rising all with my tkr. Wow, what a strong joint. After some much needed rest and tlc my non tkr is well. I may have to do it again but not until I have no other option.

  3. I’m having some of the same situations…….and just this past week, I have strained something behind my knee on the TKR side and I’m having trouble rising from a sitting position without great pain….my husband is seriously ready to put me out to pasture!

    I have arthritis in my hands as well, so this week I saw the ortho for my thumb pain, and naturally the xrays showed cartilage loss….and that dreaded phrase “bone on bone”……he put a shot of cortisone in and it’s helping, but he also started explaining surgical options. I listened, all the while trying not to cry….and said, I am NOT ready for any more surgery, anywhere, until I absolutely cannot function.

    My job consists of counting money, lots of grasping, gripping, etc……and my hand hurts all the time now. Some things I can’t even pick up with one hand, I have to use both hands to make sure I don’t drop it……

    I’m taking glucosamine again to see if it will help at all, but it’s been 3 weeks, and so far not much difference.

    Okay, I’m done now…..LOL

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