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Pushing to gain ROM - don't do it - have patience!

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I hope my story will help give hope to all of you who aren't quite getting the ROM or being able to do the things that so many others can early on.

Today I am at almost 6 months post TKR, and I rode 64½ miles on my bike in the Tour de Cure for Diabetes, and guess what, it was all good! However it didn't come easy and many times I lost hope, but the moderators where always there with encouragement and the comment about how WE ALL HEAL AT DIFFERENT RATES! I am here to tell you how true that is.

At 6 weeks when most were already riding the exercise bike, I could barely get the whole revolution without pain, I had horrible pain that was not controlled for almost 3 months, and after that a nagging pain and stiffness. I kept trying to push myself and found that every time I did, it set me back.

Finally at about 4 months I was able to ride my bike fairly comfortably for 10 or 12 miles, first in the gym then on the trail. I had done 7 century rides (100 miles) the year before my TKR so I was in good shape when I went into surgery, yet it didn't seem to matter. Swelling and pain were the norm for me for 4 months. My mom who had a TKR 3 years ago kept telling me I wasn't pushing my ROM enough, that I wasn't going to get it later. Not true - as soon as the swelling subsided it starting coming.

That is my story, I still have pain and stiffness here and there, but I just healed a little slower. The next knee I will know to listen to the moderators who say "PATIENCE".....
hang in there!
 

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