Going downstairs can take a long time to do again, and I’m not surprised it’s painful for you at this point.my second issue is going down stairs. It seems my knee is stiff and painful when I practice.
Yes, your quads will be weaker but they will get stronger. I'm sure climbing the stairs has helped restart the comatose left quad, Going downstairs is still a trial and I can't see that improving for a while. No problem. My quads were used to leg extensions but I couldn't do any with my left leg after the op until two weeks ago. Suddenly, the left quad 'woke up' and I now use the machine in the gym three times a week. I am still using the knuckles as an aid to get out of low chairs and will probably continue doing so for a while. Again, no problem.So here I am going into my 12th week and my knee is doing well. I have two concerns, the first one is strengthening my quads. They've been weak I guess since my knee issues started. I still need arm help to get up from a sitting position. I'm tall with leg length being my major length. My PT has given me exercises to help me build quads but if I do too many, well you know.... my second issue is going down stairs. It seems my knee is stiff and painful when I practice. I am icing after but it's frustrating. Are my weak quads causing this issue or a contributing factor? I'm guessing I need to put more effort into exercises for both issues. Problem is, my knee feels pretty good most of the time and causing it to hurt is not what I want. Any suggestions?