- Nov 19, 2011
- New Zealand
- New Zealand
Nope, he is so wrong. Aggressive PT causing swelling is what's holding things up.There's a tendon, or some type of band that he's gotta break through that's holding things up (?), if not I will have problems, blah, blah."
Oh my gosh! This is insane. Does he think you're training for the Super Bowl or something? He obviously has not been trained in joint replacement therapy. Run away from him as fast as you can.Again, today I accomplished:
-5 minutes stretching & flexion after heat applied
-8 minutes Nu-Step recumbent step machine
-8 minutes recumbent bike, forward & backwards
-8 minutes on treadmill
-15 repetitions on step blocks
-15 repetitions quad strengthening
-15 minutes icing
It's wrong to pre-medicate before PT. You need to feel the pain so you'll know that your knee isn't ready to do that type of PT. You would be much better off finding someone who works on getting your swelling down and your gait. Not taking PT at all would be much better that what you are doing now. Besides, just walking around in your house, taking care of your daily needs, is all your knee needs to recovery nicely.I'll pre-medicate for my next PT session come Wednesday. I'm still having some nighttime pain, which does either keep me awake and/or waken me every few hours
There are usually two main reasons for night-time pain:Not sure what I'm doing right/wrong but nothing seems to help the pain come nighttime.
Ibuprofen really isn't a very good painkiller, because it's primarily an anti-inflammatory. Besides which, it can cause bleeding from your stomach, so please don't even think about taking it more often.I'm just taking XS Tylenol 2 tabs q8 hrs during the day for pain. Wish I could take ibuprofen on a more regular basis but due to bariatric surgery, I cannot. Tired of taking oxycodone and Tramadol at night..
I just CRIED my way around the block while walking my Ernie. I've been weeping all morning...not exactly sure why. Guess I didn't expect this much pain & discomfort at 6-weeks post-op.
At only 6 weeks post-op, just walking your dog, combined with you other activities of daily living, is plenty of exercise for your wounded knee. PT on top of that is just too much for such a new knee.Not sure why I cannot mimic various movements here at home. I guess the theory is one will not push "hard" enough for improvement. What a joke. Of course, I can SEE I still have swelling and edema all around my knee and upper thigh. I understand it takes months for the knee to return to normal, which includes WNL flexion and ROM. Gonna ask my OS on Tuesday about opting out of PT.
Yep, that's the rollercoaster ride that everyone goes through. On the days we feel better we tend to overdo, then we pay for it the next day. Frustrating. You will find that the good days will soon outnumber the bad days. That's surely a time for a celebration.Yesterday was a bad day but today is better. It's up 'n down but we'll make it.
Like you I don't post a lot as not much daily progress to report. I feel exactly the same way regarding progress. Really thought the pain would be gone at this point except for when I did too much etc.. I know that was unrealistic expectation but I was basing that on my sister's recovery a few years ago. I think she was an exception as I have found we are all different and progress at different rates. Nights are the hardest for me as well, as I have difficulty getting comfortable without medicating. Some days and nights much better than others for sure! I'll be traveling to Baltimore Friday and I'm not looking forward to holiday travel, but at least it's a direct flight. Just looking forward to the day I don't I am living life not thinking of my knee. We will get there!Guess I didn't expect this much pain & discomfort at 6-weeks post-op. I keep telling myself, "It's only BEEN 6-weeks" but I guess I expected to be further along.
The majority of OSs would like 90 degrees at 6 weeks and you are 10 degrees better than that! Your doctor is being unreasonable.You're at 6.5 weeks post-op and your flexion is barely 100º...maybe 101º
You are the boss, not your doctor. You are doing amazingly for 6 weeks out. Don't let him depress you. He needs to go to recovery training school for a knee replacement. Where you are today is not where your knee is going to end up. All your knee needs is time and your doctor needs to have more patience.I DO NOT WANT A MUA under any circumstances. I'm afraid if I decline the MUA, I'll end up with a permanent horrible contracture.