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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