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Discussion in 'Social Room' started by Cynthia07, Feb 22, 2012.

  1. Cynthia07

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    anybody out there had polio and a little more difficulty in walking or recovery? I am still with a cane after 9 weeks, but am happy to be even walking. My right leg has a brace to lift my right foot, and knee replacement was in left knee. anyway, if anybody wants to comment or add, please feel free!

    thanks
    Cynthia
     
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    Re: polio

    Cynthia,
    At the bottom of this page there are links to threads regarding polio.
    I am sure others will be along soon who may be able to give you more specific direction and advice.
    Sounds like you are doing great at this stage.
     
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    I've also changed the title of the thread to something a bit more snazzy! Hope you approve. Good luck with your group. :thumb:
     
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    found a new way to flex for ROM... lie on your stomach and have
    someone (preferably PT)slowly pull lower leg back. then you can get a sheet,
    twist it, wrap it around your foot and pull it back yourself. It is a nice
    change from bending from the front.
     
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    One big difference I see from other people is I have more of a balance
    problem, so a cane helps alot.
     
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    3 month check up tomorrow. will keep ya posted.
     
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    Cynthia,
    Good luck, have a good check up!
     
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    :yes 4:Ol' limpy here- surprise suprise. Yesterday I got a letter from my
    insurance saying I only had a few physical therapy visits left..
    I told my doctor and he said, "You're fine, just keep moving. I'll
    see you in 6 months for an x-ray. Full speed ahead." And my ROM
    is only about 100 and my extension about -2. so, I was so
    surprised. He said I might lose the cane naturally, and I explained
    I liked the cane because it gave me balance. Full speed ahead.
    aye aye! some relief. Thank you Lord. take care everyone!
    thanks for the forum! I'll still be on every night!

    -limpy
     
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    wait a minute, now that I think about it, I think I will pay out of pocket
    for some more physical therapy sessions. love those massages,
    love the care. I am not completely healed yet, I have a ways to go.
    full speed ahead! best to all!:th_heehee:
     
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    Cynthia.
    Be sure to ask them for a cash discount, you have to pay the day of service to receive the discount.:dancy:
     
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    Pumpkin, how long were you in therapy? did you feel you were in
    long enough?
     
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    Cynthia,
    I had about 3 weeks of PT. I strained my left ankle, the PT did a technique for ankle sprains, when what I had was tendon strains. The technique tore two tendons. I did not go back after that. I had about 115 flexion and 0 degrees extension when I quit PT. The foot has hindered me much more than the TKA. I am just now returning to work, only to cover vacations and sick days. I was going to a PT at a facility outside of work.
    I had a PT at work assess my walking and need for a lateral wedge in the injured foot, and was casted for orthotics. I am in beginning to wear them now.

    I joined a gym with a warm water pool, I go 3x a week, and do a home program on the other days. My extension is now -5 degrees and flexion is 125 degrees. My strength is normal. The tendons still have periods of pain, so I am going to an ankle specialist in April. I go to a massage therapist trained in Aston Kinetics once a week.
    Anyway if you have a PT that you are happy with, stick with the program.
    Sounds like from your posts you need to work on balance, they should be able to help you with that.
    Good Luck with your rehabilitation, don't forget you are in charge.
     
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    Thank you pumpkin!
     
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    4 months along, walking more and more without cane. Brace on right leg still... All is well. Things are looking up!
     
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    :thumb::dancy::yay:
     
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    Just a reminder to keep the soles of your shoes very up to date.
    For instance, if you walk for 6 months, you could feel pain in your
    knee reminiscent of before the surgery! I just changed into a new
    shoe and the pain is gone, I am going to get my left shoe re-soled
    and straight. Just a thought.
     
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    This is a good for suggestion for all of us. :thumb: Worn down soles are not good for walking period! Comfort, good support, and correct fit go right along with this.
     
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    Cynthia07 - I had polio as well (1953). I was fortunate and made a complete recovery. I remember an occasional clumsiness while walking or running that remains today (no more running, though). I did have a slight difference in leg length, corrected with orthotics. Strangely, post LTHR the opposite leg is now longer. I do have some balance problems but I think that is due to back issues. With every new problem I discover I ask whether polio could be a contributor but, so far, have been told no.

    Did you require a brace prior to KR?

    I also agree regarding shoes. If you walk regularly you probably need new shoes sooner than you think.

    Wishing you the best in your continuing recovery.
     

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