Physio after almost 8 weeks post op

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Hi I'm almost 8 weeks post PKR on my right knee and even though I've not done much exercise as I wanted to due to hurting myself I can get my knee to a 95° angle and I can do new exercises and walk unaided at home my therapist is happy with the progress and said I can go to just the one stick when I go out and about they did say my one muscle still needs a bit of work though as in his words it's Laggy but I'm so happy with my progress so far

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    Hi Sharon 

    so glad you are happy with your progress. Everyone is different and so are everyone's expectations. I thought I would be dancing after three months but now realise my expectations were too high. It's all about the effort you put in but also a bit of luck too. I went overboard on the exercises to avoid scar tissue  in the hope that I would hasten my recovery. Alas that wasn't the case! Your knee heals at its own pace! I am six months exactly now and although I don't now know the numbers my bend must be over 130 and a straight leg so all good there. I walk unaided but my knee does get painful after about 50 minutes. A little rest then on again. So good luck with building up your "laggy"??? Muscles. It looks like that's all you have to do more of the same. 

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      Hi thanks for your reply I was also full of high expectations but I was also told my my surgeon minimum of 3 weeks recovery which was an obvious lie I think he said that because he didn't want me to back out of the operation lol I miss walking everywhere but real nervous and anxious about reducing my sticks to just the one but I think I shall just have to see how I go and take it slow

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      Ha ha yes what surgeons tell you and the actual facts!  I was told by three months I would be skipping around ready for anything. The reality is, it takes much longer. At six months I could possibly try skipping now (literally) but I still have some pain 3/10 rising to 7/10 after walking for a while.  You get better month by month until one year when I am told that is as good as you can expect. I too miss walking, 2 years ago, before things got too bad I walked 5 or 6 miles a day. Now I can just about manage 2 miles but hills are still difficult.

      I wouldn't worry about getting rid of a stick yet, there are still times when I need one even now. My physio said don't be vain! Use a stick to just take a bit of weight off the knee and it really helps. (I just don't like looking old before my time😊wink

      Good luck for a steady recovery.

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      Hmm - probably not. I've worked so hard through so much pain to get the bend, think I'll keep it😊. But I will work on my stamina though. My brain thinks I'm 30 but my body says 60😢

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      Lol I know exactly what you mean I'm almost 43 and having sticks although they have been a blessing they have also been a nightmare they're in the way a lot when Im at home though I just ditch them I can't be bothered with them and have all the confidence to walk without them now it's just the big outdoors part that worries me don't fancy faceplanting the floor somehow

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    Well done Sharon.

    Sounds like you are on track.

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      Thanks Vic I'm just happier that I'm moving on forward it has been like taking two steps forward and another 3 back it's just for a change to feel more positive as I have been a little concerned upset and in pain on my journey

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