Advice needed on use of crutches?

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Hi, could you lovely people advise me how long you used your crutches for?

I am 6 weeks post op and I am happily on the mend!

I never used my crutches around the house on my return from hospital, mainly because I only have a little house, I think I would have been more at risk of using them indoors!!

whenever I have been out since I have used my  crutches, but using them less and less now.

however I have found when doing a shop at the local supermarket by the time I get to the checkout, I feel exhausted and in pain again?

I don't know if I should still be using them?

I have another week to go before I have my post op consultation with the hospital, obviously I will ask their advice when I go?

but I just wondered if you could share with me when you felt ready to part with the crutches?

Thanks

Pauline.

 

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    Hi Schu 

    Glad to hear your doing well.

    It was my Physio who advised me to reduce the use of crutches

     At 4 weeks post op i was to only use 1. And at 6 weeks none at all. When at the supermarket earlier on i used the trolley for support.

    Keep up your hard work and good luck with consultant .

    Pegs x

     

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      Hi Pegs, nice to hear from you!!

      Yes, I have been using the trolley for support in the supermarket too, but still feel shattered and can't wait to get home and elevate my knee!! 

      I've not seen a physio since I left hospital which seems to be so different from others on this site? I am seeing one next Monday at my 6 week check up! I was just give a leaflet with exercises to do?

      Also I never had to wear the dreaded stockings I hear so many others complain about!! Very grateful for that !! I had to inject myself with a blood thinning injection for 10 days, mind you I did get sick of that, my abdomen was all shades of green and yellow with bruising after the 10 days!!

      Interesting that different hospitals/surgeons differ on aftercare so much. I am in Nottingham, not sure why things are so different here?

      Anyway will let you know what surgeons advises.

      Take care pegs.xxx

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    Hi,  I did use my crutches about the house for about 4 weeks, but found I needed them less and less.  From memory, I'm convinced they were totally redundant after about 5 weeks.  I seem to remember taking them back to the physio department long before my six week consultant appointment.

    Yes I went shopping and around the supermarket after abandoning them, and yes, I was fatigued and tired and in pain for a while afterwards.  But my philosophy was to try and force the knee to work, and train myself to wak properly once more instead of the limping I had done before the operation.  I tend to take some pain killers before I leave the house, and keep a few paracetamol with me, while I'm out, just in case.

    Not sure that's any help to you, but it's my experience....May advice?..Dump the sticks..smile

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    I tore my acl and meniscus in march I was on crutches for 2 weeks then I stopped using them constantly and only when I needed them. I had my meniscus repaired 5 weeks ago and was on crutches constantly this was to protect the repair until my ACL surgery was carried out ( got that done on Friday ) this means another 2 weeks on crutches. The crutches are there to take the pressure off your knee so I would use them when you feel you need them unless the physio tells you not to use them and to start walking to improve your range of movement 
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      Hi Jamie, Thank you for your advise. I too tore my meniscus about 3 years and I remember being on crutches for about 4 weeks after? My knee never really got better after that op hence the eventual TNR. Hope you continue to recover well.

      Pauline.

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    Hello Schumacher. Racing driver or cobbler?

    I've had my first post op check-up (at 8 wks) and had finished using my crutches then, tho was still not walking evenly, without limping a bit. I think the best thing to is to go with what your knee is telling you. I met someone at the check-up who was still using a stick, and the surgeon was perfectly happy about it. 

    It's pretty painful for quite a while, when you've walked about a lot and at night, but it goes eventually (I had my other knee done earlier in the year). The shopping trolley in the supermarket is a very good walking aid! 

    Good luck. Ann

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    Hi and well done to you, you seen ts be getting on just fine. Iam 7weeks post op and haven't used my crutches or walking aids since I left hospital.i have been out but am a little nervous about walking unaided. And like you the knee and leg get very painful. I only did physio twice then I was discharged. So really don't know how to build my confidence up again. Knee very stiff but feels strong. I would be interested in what your consultant has to say take care tucks 
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      Hi Tucks, good to hear from you ! Thank you for your advice. I know what you mean about losing your confidence walking without crutches as I feel the same.i think it's something we will gradually get back over time. I think my partner Paul will be glad when I stop grabbing him for support all the time!! Take care.xx
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    well done pauline, you are doing amazingly well. i am 3 & 1/2 weeks post op, but still use mine. having said that, i have used 2 sticks for years for my spinal stenosis, so i will wait for my 6 weeks. having my knee done is not going to make my back any better, but i have an electric scooter for going out, so its just a case of getting the strength back into my knee & leg. keep up the good work. julie xx
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    I kept forgetting to use my sticks. I would find myself walking round the house carrying them. When I saw the consultant at just  under 6 weeks  he said it was ok not using them.  I went back to work at 8 weeks and managed getting on the bus although I did find it hard to tuck my leg in far enough for certain seats. I had been in so much pain and was so limited pre op that I've never minded the pain I've  had since.  I'm nearly 7 months poet op now and running around like a spring chicken. I've found it'd took pain to gain.
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      How refreshing to read your blog. I am 7weeks and have not used crutches or stick around the house since I left hospital. I had had my share of problems but I am driving again which is good. I am however very nervous to walk out side on my own. Alright in supermarkets with holding on to trolleys ect buT once I have nothing to grab if I need it I am out. Of my comfort zone. Any tips on how to get my confidence back.? From tucks
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      I just tried very short walks out on my own at first. I wouldn't worry about taking your crutch for a while if you don't feel confident though. I find I'm okay on the flat but going downhill is more difficult. I feel quite confident now though, even though I still get some discomfort. (10 weeks post op now). You'll do it! 😊 Jen x
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      Hi, 

      Thank you for replying and for your advice.

      I was amazed to hear you was back at work at 8 weeks!! My doctor has just given me another sick certificate for 2 months!! Mind you I am a nurse and I am on my feet for 10 hour shifts so don't think I will be ready to do that for a while? My doctor says I won't be back at work till after Christmas??

      Pauline.

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