sciatica

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hello,i would like opinions on whether or not i can safely carry on with back exercises with my two new knees.

the exercises are the ones advocated by Robin McKenzie in his book "treat your own back" and i specifically refer to the one where you lie completely flat,face down,totally relaxed and then push up with your hands and do a half press up. This bends the spine and helps reinforce the Lordosis.

i have found this procedure extremely helpful in keeping my sciatica at bay and wish to carry on with it.

the question is,will my knees be ok for this?

What think you,o people of the forum?

i should add i used to be terribly afflicted with sciatica,until this book saved my life.

Yours

Mike

 

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    How about if you ask your doctor or your physical therapist?
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    You didnt say how far out you are and if your incisions have fully healed. Def ask ur doc or PT. i got ok and have been doing that very stretch since 5 wks. Now 9.5.
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    Mike I recenly hurt my back and am about 10 weeks post TKR. I have been doing that exercise you describe for my back. How long ago did you have your knee replacements?
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      hi there,funnily enough I too am ten weeks post tkr.

      I can go through the motions of the press up but don't have confidence in the way the knees are reacting to touching the ground. It's therefore a half hearted attempt when I would like to be more positive with it. 

      Have you been using that exercise during tkr recovery ?

       

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      Start on bed. I still dont kneel yet. I use a pad when on floor. You can place small towel just above knees, on thigh, to help take direct pressure off of knees. I use the bed for a ton of stretching exercises. I have a pretty firm mattress, lol.

      smile

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      Right,this explains everything,so thanks very much.  I have been using the floor as I always did. I was led to believe that a floor was the way to achieve best results with this exercise.

      it now makes sense to employ a softer surface even though you have a firm mattress it's still preferable to using the floor.

      saved,Thankayou .

      Mike

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      thank you,I'm glad I asked the question now,I doubt if I would have thought of using the bed.

      but it makes a lot of sense,less pressure on the knees,and easier to get back up!

      here's to you.

      Mike

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