My knee is still swollen after my LDM experience Thursday. Last night was a tough sleep. Sharp pains were springing up which had pretty much gone before my massage. But I also drove my manual sports car yesterday and my wife thinks my pain may be from shifting. I tend to thinks its the former. Now 9 weeks in I anxiously await the day when pain is gone!! Am I wrong to be a little worried that I haven’t met ROM goals. I’m worrying a bit more about extension as I’m not there yet but 105 on flex.Oh, how I hate to read your update! That is the most annoying thing about modalities. People claim they can do it all. I kept my certifications, the important ones, framed and hanging within easy eyesight for this reason and would expect all professionals to do it also.
For starters, the total amount of hours should be more than 8-16, in other words not just a weekend class.
You actually may feel some difference by morning if the therapist did anything correctly. Some bodies respond a little more slowly than others.
I would be interested in seeing some of the videos you watched, just to see if they are on the right track.
Good to know. Just went for a walk emphasizing heel toe. I use my outdoor walker as it helps me stay squared up and evenly balanced. I noticed a bit more discomfort on rhe lower front of my knee.Many people have a longer time having a 0 extension than a good bend. Those tendons and muscles behind the knee are much larger than those used for a bend. It takes longer to stretch those out. What I find helpful was to walk with a much longer stride with a heel-to-toe gait. This helps to stretch out those large muscles and tendons.
Heel-toe walking does take a concentrated effort. At least it felt that way to me. I hope its working well for you and you're noticing that it does make a difference. Happy Two Month Anniversary, Will!Just went for a walk emphasizing heel toe. I use my outdoor walker as it helps me stay squared up and evenly balanced.
I’m five weeks post and find that I have to do the exercises gently. Too much walking stops me sleeping at night and then next day is awful. I didn’t walk far anyway but I’ve realised now what causes stiffness and exhaustion so I don’t do too much.After suffering with left knee pain for some years, I finally bit the bullet and agreed to a TKR proceedure at 75. I am currently on day 19 with my first post op appt scheduled for Feb 1, which will be day 21. I totally underestimated the initial pain which was excruciating even with doses of Percocet. Sleeping still is difficult. I had several in home PT sessions where I embraced the “no pain no gain” mantra! Boy, that didn’t work as the day after PT was definitely a step back. I’ve been using a CM machine and am at 0 and 95 which I guess is acceptable at this point. But here’s whats frustrating. At day 16 I ventured out with my walker and rather comfortably walked about 1,000’. All in all, I felt pretty good. BUT, the next morning my knee was stiff, swollen and painful. Definitely moving in the wrong direction! And sleep is really tough even with 300mg of Gabapentin and a Tylenol PM. I know things will get better but my impatient nature makes all of this a little tougher than I would have imagined! So glad I’ve found this site!! Will update after my appt on the 1st.
Im five weeks post op. I cut my exercises right down. Still do the stretching. But if I did what the physio wanted I couldn’t sleep at night and the next day I felt awful.Unfortunately, at 24 days in a recovery that lasts an average of a year, that light at the end of the tunnel is still a ways off.
My therapist is concerned that I’m not fully extended at 24 days and mentioned the “window” which seems to be every therapists concern as if you don’t hit full extention within a month of surgery you are doomed to a permanent limp.
This "six week window of opportunity" surgeons often speak about is little more than a myth. It presupposes that all patients have the ability to create adhesions which is far from the truth. It also ignores the simple fact that in the first 3-4 weeks after surgery, swelling reactive to the...bonesmart.orgIt’s going to take more than 24 days to see a difference. A lot of it has to do with your body’s healing rate.Personally, I haven’t felt that elevation and icing are doing much
A list of exercises probably won’t do this and can actually increase your swelling. Moderate activity and balance with rest is what will help.But then I was told that the exercises will help reduce swelling.
You don’t have to wish this, you can do this type of rehab if you choose. It’s your decision how you rehab your recovery. Doing “just” this has been successful for many, along with lots of patience.I almost wish I could just do my daily activities, a little walking and a few easy exercises and let my knee continue to heal.
Yes, this is very positive! ROM numbers are not the only sign of improvement. There are lots of “milestones” that indicate that you are coming along well, and you are!Was walking today without asssistance, which I thought was positive.