Physio Theraphy

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How many days after your TKR did you start your therapy? I'm 6 days post op and even though I can walk very well, I'm finding it very difficult.  

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    Hello Anne: I had a PKR and started in-home therapy 3 days after my surgery.

     

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    Thanks deb. I will have a go at it. 
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    Hi Anne, I had bilateral tkr and started home therapy 6 days later. Three times a week for two weeks. Doctor wanted me up and doing as much as possible as soon as possible without over working. Im glad I did, made going to therapy at rehab center so much easier.
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    I was doing parts of therapy in the hospital. The last 3 times I went to a rehab facility for 3 weeks as my wife's health won't allow her to give me as much care as required. I started therapy 2x's a day immediately.
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    Hi Anne, good news on your walking!

    Regarding therapy, I guess it depends what you include. I saw a physio for about ten mins a day while in hospital. Her aim was to get me on my feet, doing transfers to and from the loo etc, and learning three basic exercises. These were thigh tightening, straight leg raise and knee flex ion.

    As soon as I could do these, I was discharged. My first proper physio session as such is next week ( 4 weeks post op), and I'm lucky in that the rule of thumb around here is six weeks.

    i would love more physio and it seems very necessary to me.....but that's what we get. When do you expect to start? 

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      My first app is thur. Before I left the hospital I did leg raises, foot pulls and the stairs. This is my 2nd one, last one dec 2014. The difference is to good to be true. I'll work on those tomorrow. OFG, I'm taking your advise and drinking lots. 
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    I started the day of surgery and each day in hospital, then started outpatient PT a couple of days after going home.  Still doing 3x weekly plus doing my own at home on other days.  I'm 4 weeks post op, walking unaided since first week.  The PT and icing are most important in my opinion.  I stopped taking any pain meds when I left hospital, take Tylenol if I need pain management.

     

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      wow Jean, walking unaided after one week? That's incredible! Are you young or just incredibly fit? I'm 78 but did a marathon at 60 jogged till 74 and now 2 weeks post op walking on two sticks, Did you push yourself to walk unaided? What did Drs, Physio say? Anyway very well done!!!!
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      Oh no, not young.  I am soon to be 75.  I was amazed at how well I did with the knee so soon after surgery too. I saw my dr one week post op. I was using a walker but when he saw how well I walked he told me to get rid of it so I did.   However, I have had other issues!  In hospital I had some kidney problems and had to stay two extra days.  I attributed it to the pain meds they gave me, so I stopped taking them and only take Tylenol now when needed. Then I had very troublesome issues with very low blood pressure which made me feel dizzy and faint much of the time.  I also had the sense of utter exhaustion.  Then to top things off, I ended up in hospital for two days last week because of chest pains.  They did every test possible and found nothing.  Of course we were all concerned with blood clot.  If I had known all the pitfalls and side effects of TKR I wonder if I would have done it.  The point for everyone to remember is, each of us is very different, will have very different healing times, pain thresholds, and results.  Soldier on, do your best, push yourself but not to the point of agony, do those exercises faithfully and use ice.  Happy healing everyone!  So glad to have found this group!
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