Over done it.

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I am in my 7 th week post Tkr. Am 78. I went to the PT yesterday & he seemed quite pleased with me but always makes me feel I don't put enough into my exercising. I'm g My bend is 105 , he asked how much I walked & I had to confess @ 20 minutes he said I needed to do twice that SO this morning I went off for one HOUR ,since I came home my knee has been 'burning hot' even tho I have ice on it. Help !!!! Have I caused a set back & yet another sleepless night to come. It feels hopeless.

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    Oh Eileen,

    you certainly have overdone it! You need to rest and ice now, and take it easy for a couple of days until you've got over your rush of enthusiasm.

    You are doing great for seven weeks, but an hour?!?

    Your physio sounds a little too pushy to say the least, I know they try to help and probably have to push some people, but your knee is now complaining to you that it's done way too much.

    Listen to your body, it can take a year to get over this op and 7 weeks is pfft!

    Please rest over the weekend and just do gentle exercises.x.

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      Don't worry, you haven't done any damage, just caused yourself some more suffering, which you can do without.

      We all get there in the end, and you aren't even behind in progress if you can walk for 20 mins at this stage, and your bend is good.

      Regardless of how we do it, fast or slow, after a year, I bet we are all in the same boat.

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    The PT persons seem to believe we all heal at the same pace so they treat all in the same way.

    This is not true as you can read in the replies in this forum.

    I only did some slight exercises in a hot bath in the beginning .

    Good healing

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    Eileen,

    If you`ve got 105 movement at your stage then you are doing very, very well !   Do what you feel is right for you. By 4 months you will be better still and at 6 months even better .   Don`t get pushed into doing what you are not comfortable with - then you`ll be fine.

     

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    Hi Eileen, if I were you I would split up the time if possible. You are doing fine!  I am 16 weeks and still only at 110. It takes time to get therer and everyone is different and every knee is different. I still have pain too and just back off a little if I over do. Also ice your knee right after you do your waking. If you could possibly get into a pool and do exercises, that would help you so much. I love going in the pool! Good luck and just remember this is a long process. My Dr. told me it will be a year before I even foget I have had a TKR.
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      Thanks kimmers yes I willl definitely take it slower, I couldn't bear to go back to the early days, not that I get a great deal of sleep now, but the pain is less intense thankfully, I was just afraid I'd made it worse, 

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    I went in for my two week exam and get the bandage off. Dr said everything looked good, Bend was good and straight was good.

    He emphasized rest, rest and more rest. Go to pt and work on range of motion for the first six weeks. He's not a fan of walking a lot before then. He said that will come naturally when you have good range of motion.

    Sounds like you needed the "rest" part. Take care.

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      Hi Duckfan yes I definitely won't be over doing the walking again, I can't believe I inflicted this extra pain on myself & had such s rough night when I was doing so well. Definitely be more rest now

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    Yeah Eileen,you've gone over & above. Just ramp it back a little.

    I'm afraid some physiotherapists do not take into account their clients age, weight & exercise regime BEFORE the op. The good ones get you going without stressing you out & trying to kill you in the process.

    As with all exercise regimes you need to work up slowly to where you need to be. eg If you want to be walking for 1 hour, start with say 25 mins & gradually work up to the whole hour. That was just an example you decide what you want to do & by when.

    Take care

    Marilyn

    XX

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      Thank you Marilyn, yes I've had a really rough night after my hour walk will not be doing that again for a while. I felt good when I went but will build it up as you say when it calms down. Thanks for your reply

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