PT is over

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11 weeks post TKR, PT is over now what. How many times a day to do exercises?  Can I do water aerobics?  Any suggestions to keep ROM would be appreciated. 

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    Daily exercises will keep muscles and tendons limber for extension and flexion. Water exercise is very good as long as the incision is fully healed. My chiropractor had a TKR two years ago and does the exercises everyday. He skis and can do squats and full extension. I'm 5 months past TKR and exercising daily. Good luck!

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    When I had the TKR on my right leg,I started gradually walking from about 1/4 of a mile to about 4 miles a day ,I then tried to include slopes, and steps, on top of that I started using a static bike,for about ten minutes 4/5 times during the day ,the highest seat position,and lowest resistant, about 3 months I started to ride my bicycle ,that was very painful to start with but I persevered ,then 2 times a week went to the swimming pool , I found treading water really helped me ,more than lots of swimming  

    At 4 months I was back working as a roofer climbing ladders, but I did push my self quite hard,and had a gradual return over 2 weeks,  but I had to build up the muscles for my left TKR which has been done 5 months later, a tough year! But everybody is different, and in different situations, now I have to start all over again!   Do what you can when you can to the best of you ability, I hope everything goes well for you!

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    I found doing exercises in water was the best way to recover. You can do this as soon as the scar is healed. It is so much easier than doing them out of water. 
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    I am also 11 weeks post op. I have been doing exercises in the pool for the past 3 weeks and have benefitted greatly. I would imagine you still have to do the leg lifts and bends for quite some time to prevent the muscle from becoming lazy again, although if you are out walking or cycling that should be enough. Still finding stairs difficult though, think that is the last to get back.

    Good luck. Sue

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      I have the stairs mastered. Live on third floor Condo so worked hard. Glad to hear about the water we have aerobic water classes in the health club. Different classes daily. Just got the thumbs up about putting my legs in water. 
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