I will leave you our Recovery Guidelines. Each article is short but very informative. Following these guidelines will help you have a less painful recovery.
Knee Recovery: The 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
2. Control discomfort:
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I got to
My room sometime in the early afternoon. Very little pain - maybe 3 or 4, no nausea, but pretty lightheaded & very dopey feeling. I have a breg polar once machine to take home. An ice machine , compression socks & a machine that squeezes my calf area on. Legs feel like lead - no way to lift them at all. PT came by & said they’d comeback tomorrow since I’m lightheaded. I have wonderfully kind nurses.
Day 2 - very little pain but pretty dopey & light headed probably from the pain meds. I did get up & go to the bathroom- glad that I lifted weights for the past 6 months to build upper body strength. Tomorrow PT said I will walk a little more. Dozed off & on all day today , did ankle pumps but no other exercises.
The upper body exercises have definitely helped a lot. I go home today - my surgeon said they’re trying to get everyone out of here with the corona virus ..,...had mine done just in time as now all are cancelled! I will just do pt at home as they’re closing the pt facility.
You'll do fine without PT. Many of us never took formal PT or did exercises. I am one of them. I had 11 knee surgeries, 2 of them kneecap removals and 1 tkr. Even after those I never took formal PT. But, I didn't just sit around and do nothing. I used my knee as it was intended to be used by walking around to take care of my daily needs. As I healed I was able to do more. Icing and elevation was a huge part of my recovery.
Listen to your knee. It will tell you if you're doing too much by increased pain and swelling. When that happened to me, I found that resting, icing and elevating helped. Your knee knows how to rehab itself without being told what to do.
Had home health pt today. A lovely lady who said to think of her more as a consultant to give me things to do to make it easier. She doesn’t believe in pushing or pulling but in rest elevation icing & gentle stretching. She will also be checking to see that things look normal since Drs offices are not wanting to see unnecessary patients