Hi folks, nice to pop in and see you all again, hope you are all keeping safe in these dangerous times.
Sara prompted me many moons ago to give you an update.
Finding my old thread was buried deep in the forum and difficult to find, but I used my animal cunning and searched for "jam roly poly", and there I was. Many, many times
It must now be knocking on 10 or 11 months for my second knee, it has progressed well, except the famous tight band appeared a couple of months ago. I never had it earlier, and I never had it with my first knee recovery 10 years ago.
Strangely, my old knee began to develop a bit of the same.
I had a word with the physio who told me to rest, elevate and ice. Resting isn't in my nature, but I have elevated and a bag of sweetcorn was discovered in the freezer (The petit pois has hidden itself at the bottom)
This improved it a bit, but my unpaid advisor, aka Penny, noticed something.
This morning, it's windy and as I went out and opened the car door, a carrier bag blew out and down the road. I hate litter, so chased it down the road. Every time I bent to pick it up, another gust blew it 10 yards further on. Eventually I managed to trap it and walk back to the car.
Penny, when she stopped chuckling, said "Do you realise how little you are bending your knees, especially your new one?"
Later on I took the little pooches for a walk, and when no one was around deliberately made myself kick my heels up. I must have looked a prat, but very quickly my ROM increased markedly, the stiffness eased a lot, the tight band feeling went away, and I was walking much faster and easier.
Let's hope it lasts. But it shows how bad habits with our gait come back to haunt us little by little, and we don't realise it.
Everything else is hunky dory (an English expression meaning tremendous), except that I have put on 20 pounds during recovery and lockdown and jam roly poly-fests, and I'm rejoining Slimming World.
I'll keep you informed about the success (or failure) of my tight band elimination strategy.
PS I was reading about a businessman, who whenever he was asked how things were, always answered "tremendous!!" He was known as tremendous Jones. I caught it from him!!
Hello @Tykey - been wondering what you were up to these days. Sounds like you are doing really well with this recovery. Yes, old habit die hard. Good thing someone actually observed your lack of bending the knees. Now you can work on easing the stiffness.
I'm not a snacker. My problem is eating meals when I am not really hungry. My partner is OCD and this lockdown has put him into a very comfortable "auto pilot" mode where we do everything at a certain time everyday.
I feared that yesterday's short term improvement might be only temporary, and my knee would go backwards overnight by swelling up and getting stiff and uncomfortable again.
I'm pleased to report that it HASN'T
Good Morning my dear friend, great to see your update and that you have finally sussed out why your knee was getting stiff. The dogs, will surely benefit as will your waistline with all this extra walking you will now do, if only your lovely Missus will stop baking ...sending virtual hugs to you both - all the way to Yorkshire xxx
We see lots of issues in recovery which have little to do with the actual surgery. There is no doubt that change in gait can certainly cause pain in the hips and back.
We also recognise (I certainly do) that failure to plant our heels first and rolling onto the foot when walking can cause horrible pain in the front of the shin (aka shin splints)
Although it's early days to be certain, but walking with a stiffish leg doesn't stretch the front of the knee and it just sits there and sets, and is very annoying. I flick my knee up at the back to its limit if no-one is watching, but also make sure I roll forward in my stride, so that all my weight is taken on my big toe. (That's its job, and it's remarkably strong, and why nature makes it longer than all the other 4 pinkies)
Day 3 of silly walks, and it's taught me something else new.
Ever since my op 10 months ago, the limit to my ROM has always been that at a certain point, the two big tendons at the back seem to suddenly go into painful spasm. It's never got better. I have enough ROM for my daily activities, so never worried too much about it.
After only 3 days of my silly walk, that problem has virtually disappeared, so I can now be much bolder with climbing over fallen trees and rocks in the woods. The knee feels even more comfortable and loose. I reckon it's due to these tendons being made to work instead of being passive.
So it maybe shows even more that later in the recovery stage, after healing is complete, stretching is an important thing to consider to get you over the finishing line.
I'm dead chuffed with this late progress.
So happy to see that you have both finally managed your trip caravaning, it will do you the world of good to get away and your knees will benefit as well, good fresh air and holiday spirit is the best remedy xxx