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I've tried a few strange things to help aid or speed up my knee replacement recovery. I initially had trouble with pain and after the Dr switched me to several pain meds finally tried (successfully) with some Asian herb. Apparently, it's so out of "left field" I'm not allowed to mention it here.
My Physical therapists wanted to tape me up with some black tape that made me look like an octopus. Once was enough with that. After seeing some of the therapy exercises I went out and bought some Biofreeze, a pulling strap and a big ball. I looked at leasing a CPM machine and a recumbent bike but ended up with neither. I already have a "unicycle type" and a road bicycle.
I've never been a big vitamin guy but I bought a bunch of vitamins that promise to "speed up recovery". I don't know if they work or not but I take about 10 in the morning and 10 at night now just in case.
My freezer is loaded with about eight new ice packs which I rotate depending on my mood.
Probably the weirdest thing I did was to buy some "soda ash crystals" to strap on my swollen knee before bed. The stuff looks and is similar to salt. I think they use it as a pool chemical. I came across that beauty when I saw an Australian PT video that promised it would help with the swelling in three days. He even showed how to wrap it around the knee. I tried that for five days but as expected........
What "different things" have you done or tried since your surgery?
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