Pain after exercise.......

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I am 10 weeks post TKR and having problems knowing how much exercise to do.

I had a bad week last week and didn't do much although I did the usual stretching and bending. 

I can walk upstairs fine even though I have some pain, I can walk without a crutch or stick but not far as my leg swells up. I limp but I do try and walk normally, hard to do.My bend is about 100 degrees but I cannot fully straighten my leg. Just a little way to go.

Yesterday I went to the gym and did about fifteen minutes very gentle exercising on the bike.Oh! Boy! I've really paid for that. Sore,painful and swollen afterwards,more stiff and sore this morning.Is this normal? Is it ' no pain, no gain'?

I want to go to the gym regularly and build up the exercises. I am going to an Aqua Exercise class this morning.

I have sat around too long and want to get moving. Is exercise the way to go?

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    At 10 weeks?  Normal.  Read my section on Exercise...

    Daughter is a graduate nutritionist plus an ACSM (gold standard)- and ACE-certified trainer for 16 years.  Pro recommendations...

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      My only salvation is that she lives 90 minutes away.  Having her spotting me in a gym is a nightmare!  I call her The Exercise Nazi..."One more...give me one two more..."  Doesn't stop...  Years ago, she was the water aerobics trainer for the Rutgers University men's basketball team.  She's 5' 1"...they were all 6' 10"...and she brought them to their knees.........  She knows her stuff...

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    Hi Saralice

    I can only speak from my experience I find that walking on it isn't as good as stretching But I do ice at least 10 times per day including night slowly slowly 😀😀😀😀💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼


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    Hi... everything sounds fine to me for being only 10wks post op .. have to agree sometimes the non-stop exercising can be daunting and somedays I know I'm fine with it all and others I'm not.  I find if I just go with what my knee is telling I have better success.  I'm just 2wks post op from my 2nd TKR and learnt from my first one that overdoing it can really make you pay for it for sometime sad 

    Your bend sounds great at this stage and you'll get there at straightening it .. that's the one thing both times round I've found the easiest is the straightening but hey we're all different and each knee is a different journey.

    Doing aqua classes is great as the water takes 80% of your body weight.  I'm very lucky as at my physios (they only concentrate on rehab, work & road injuries) they have a small gym for their patients and there's always a pt around to ask any questions etc... and they also do 3 hydro pool sessions a week.

    But in saying all that due to mine being a road injury... everything of mine is paid for by our governments insurances company... now they're a pain as everything is a battle but if you keep at it they concede in the end.

    So it's definitely time for you to get moving and exercise is definitely the way to go.

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      Forgot to mention as was mentioned above .. ice ice ice whenever you can... especially after activity and I find it helps even if I'm just very sore.

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    With knee replacement, it seems to be the opposite. When you really try to exercise your way to a quicker recovery it sets you back. At least in my case it has When I have pushed it, it seems like I have to take a few days off just to get back to where I was.
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    Water exercise is the BEST! Our daughter-in-law is a PT specializing in water therapy. Her patients are achieving GREAT PROGRESS, and the water provides a very relaxing medium for progressing well!

    Prior to my two surgeries I felt the best while treading water and moving in the water.

    My PT told me to NEVER exercise to a pain level.

    Slow and steady with resting breaks as needed are best. Listen to your body. It knows ECACTLY what it needs!

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