Staff member since March 2017
- Dec 4, 2015
- United States
This is so true. The thing is, if your exercises are causing you more pain and swelling then that's actually setting your recovery from the surgery back. Your body has the heal from the new trauma before it can get back to healing for that surgical trauma. Listen and watch your knee's response to what you are doing and have done. Don't take pain pills before you go to PT. You need to feel the pain and stop what you're doing if it is bad. A little discomfort is OK, but pain is not. You might even be fine during PT but afterward have increased pain and swelling that night or the next day. That means your knee was not ready for what was done to it. You shouldn't do it again for a week or two then try just a small part of it and see how your knee reacts.One thing I have learned is I will not let the PT person push me too hard. I've paid the price for my own stupidity in thinking if I push I get well faster. Not true. You hurt way more is about all I can say.
Recovery is a commonsense thing. If your body gives you a bad reaction from any PT, then it's not ready for those movements yet. It's a logical conclusion. Slow and easy=a good recovery!