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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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Taking Care of Your New TKR

I found an interesting article while doing Internet research. I found it on a popular physical therapy site known as The Physiotherapy Site. Here it is…

Your new knee replacement will give you years of good service if you look after it.
These are a few guidelines so you can cope more easily and get the best out of your
knee in the long term. For more detailed advice refer to your physiotherapist.

Sitting
Use a chair with arms to help you stand up and sit down more easily.
Get up regularly and have a short walk about to prevent stiffness and promote
circulation.
You may need to keep your leg up at times to prevent swelling.
Lifting
Do not lift heavy objects.

Riding in a car
To get in, sit onto the seat by putting your bottom in first, then move your legs in
afterwards. Reverse the process to get out.

Returning to work
• A sedentary job may be possible four to six weeks after surgery.
• A more demanding job involving prolonged activity may need to be delayed for
three months or longer.
• Some jobs are unsuitable – using ladders, roof work, building jobs
• Pushing, pulling or lifting heavy weights is unwise.

Sports
• Suitable, depending on circumstances: walking, bicycling, swimming, bowls, golf
Not suitable: jogging, running, jumping, racquet sports, football.

Personal care
A walk in shower is recommended and a shower stool or chair may be helpful to sit on.
You can have a bath as you are able as long as the operation wound has healed – if it
has not, do not put the leg under water. It may be useful to have someone to help you at least the first time you do this, and they may need to help you wash and dry your feet for a
time.

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Babying My Non-TKR Knee

It’s happening. Yikes. I wrote previously about how my “good” knee is showing signs of wear and tear. I’ve had other readers mention the same thing. Now…I find myself doing things like I used to do with my former “bad” knee….Before I start, let me say that I am grateful for everything I have. I know it could be much worse. I am not feeling sorry for myself. I am very blessed to have two legs, etc….

I walk up and down stairs one at a time on many days. That used to be the technique for my “bad” knee. Sometimes stairs are too much to handle. I don’t go outside.

As much as I may believe that it’s mind over matter, I wonder how this applies to arthritis. My “good” knee is exhibiting symptoms of developing arthritis. I don’t know how thoughts can control that. Do you?

I do not go up and down steep hills like I used to do for exercise purposes. My “good” knee becomes inflamed and painful far too easily afterwards.

The crunching is getting louder and louder. That’s just downright creepy.

Depending upon the day, etc…my knee can slightly swell after exertion along the perimeters of my kneecap.

My knee joint can become painful just by applying weight on it. It doesn’t happen all the time, but it does happen.

My knee is beginning to not look or feel like a “normal” (I don’t like using the word normal, but I don’t know what else applies here) knee from the outside. That’s creepy.

(As I’m writing this, I’m hearing an 18-year old singing to “Dancing in the Streets” by David Bowie. How cool is it to see and hear music transcending age groups? Too cool…)

Back to my story…

It’s been 2 years and 5 months since my tkr and I do not want to go through another one. I don’t and I won’t.

Hope this helps others going through the same thing…

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Golfing After A TKR

Ouch…Yesterday I took part in a professionally-guided golf class. I haven’t golfed since before my tkr. It was an interesting and fun time.

I didn’t give much thought to golfing after a tkr. How hard could it be? It’s not like playing a contact sport or running a marathon. Think again. My golf instructor asked if anyone had any medical concerns. So, I nonchalantly mentioned my bionic knee. Once I did that, I was surprised with the insight I received. It involved “tweeking” my stance and swing to accommodate my tkr. See, before these suggestions, I was having difficulty “following through” on my swing. My shoe lift, on my tkr side, was securely holding my foot to the surface (which is why I like wearing rubber soles). It was not allowing a proper leg rotation. Rotating my hips toward the ball was not cutting it. Kudos to golf pros, in my opinion.

I don’t know if other tkr recipients would have these concerns. Maybe it was due to my shoe lift. Maybe it was due to my hip rotation. Whatever it was, the adjustments recommended by my golf pro were spot on. 🙂

Do You Like Mint? More Ways to Enjoy and Use It

Having recently shared with readers how this marvelous herb can help your health in a variety of ways, I thought I’d post the link here to the article. Enjoy!!
http://myuniquecookery.blogspot.com/2010/06/mint-to-rescuemarvelous-mint.html

Stationary Bike V Walking After TKR

I have written previous posts about the benefits of both walking and using a stationary bike after having a tkr. However, within the past month something has occurred that is quite interesting to me. So…I thought I’d share.

Walking is fun. You can talk to other people, pet the walking dogs and enjoy the scenery.
Kudos for walking. Plus, it both increases our tkr flexibility and muscle strength.

Stationary bikes, on the other hand, are not much fun. I don’t care how much I read about how you can watch tv, enjoy music, etc. while riding a bike. They’re not fun. That being said, the workout results are tremendously above those of walking. Let me explain…

After not riding my bike for about a month (I did walk daily, however), I got on my bike. Yikes. My tkr knee was much stiffer than I thought. It was much harder to start riding my bike. I couldn’t even pedal at the previous tension. I needed to reduce the tension and start over again.

I noticed that after riding my bike again, stairs were easier to climb and descend. It was easier to sit down and rise from my seat. My tkr could bend much easier after riding my bike.

So…that’s my insight into riding a stationary bike V walking after having a tkr. Not fun..but very beneficial.

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TKR Sleeping Update

Hi everyone. Just thought I’d share some news. I’m doing research about total knee replacement, tkr, and came across something that just cracks me up. One site I visited lists a variety of benefits to having the surgery. One of the benefits listed is…I’m not kidding…”undisturbed sleep”. HAH!! We all know that takes MONTHS to achieve. That’s not mentioned in the article. (Wonder why?)

After I stopped laughing so hard and snorting (did I say that?), I just had to get on here and share this finding with you. Hopefully, you’ll be as entertained as I was. That’s my hope, anyways.

Enjoy! Hope everyone is doing the best they can!

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