Welcome to BoneSmart, @LemonCheesecake
Glad you found us!
Please let us know the exact date of your surgery, whether it was the left or right knee and whether it was a total or partial. We'll create a signature for you that will help our staff and other members chat with you about your recovery.
It sounds like you are doing well, but since you are still in the early days of this year-long recovery, I will share our Recovery Guidelines. Following these guidelines will help you have a less painful recovery.
Just keep in mind we are all different, as are the approaches to this recovery and rehab. The key is, “Find what works for you
.“ Your doctors, PTs and BoneSmart are available to help, but you are the final judge as to the recovery approach you choose.
KNEE RECOVERY GUIDELINES
1. Don’t worry:
Your body will heal all by itself. Relax, let it, don't try and hurry it, don’t worry about any symptoms now, they are almost certainly temporary.
If you want to use something to assist with healing and scar management, BoneSmart recommends hypochlorous solution. Members in the US can purchase ACTIVE Antimicrobial Hydrogel
through BoneSmart at a discount. Similar products should be available in the UK and other countries.
2. Control discomfort
take your pain meds
by prescription schedule (not when pain starts!)
3. Do what you want to do BUT
a. If it hurts, don't do it and don't allow anyone - especially a physical therapist - to do it to you
b. If your leg swells more or gets stiffer in the 24 hours after doing it, don't do it again.
4. PT or exercise can be useful BUT take note of these
the BoneSmart view on exercise
BoneSmart philosophy for sensible post op therapy
5. At week 4 and after you should follow this
Activity progression for TKRs
The Recovery articles:
The importance of managing pain after a TKR and the pain chart
Swollen and stiff knee: what causes it?
Energy drain for TKRs
Elevation is the key
Ice to control pain and swelling
Heel slides and how to do them properly
Chart representation of TKR recovery
Healing: how long does it take?
Post op blues is a reality - be prepared for it
Sleep deprivation is pretty much inevitable - but what causes it?
There are also some cautionary articles here
Myth busting: no pain, no gain
Myth busting: the "window of opportunity" in TKR
Myth busting: on getting addicted to pain meds
We try to keep the forum a positive and safe place for our members to talk about their questions or concerns and to report successes with their joint replacement surgery. While members may create as many threads as they like in a majority of BoneSmart's forums, we ask that each member have only one recovery thread. This policy makes it easier to go back and review history before providing advice.