Tkr 6 weeks

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I’m at six weeks been going well suddenly can’t walk pt said knee muscles not firing ! What now??? Ideas

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    Hi Lorri,I used an exercise bike at home and once I managed a full rotation on it I found this to be a great help in my recovery,also my physio had me raising my leg whilst say lying on the couch regularly and foot stretchers ie push your toes forward as far as possible then pull them back as far as possible,watching the tv at the same time you don’t even realise your doing them.
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    "I’m at six weeks been going well suddenly can’t walk pt said knee muscles not firing" WHAT FURTHER ACTION DID YOUR PT SUGGEST TO GET YOUR KNEE FIRING?. Do you need to have a word with your surgeon?

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    You need to be patient. This is still really early days.

    Not sure what you mean by knee muscles not firing?

    Sarah

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    You have to understand that all of the muscles supporting the knee (quads, glutes, hip flexors, core, etc.) are all dead...defunct...kaput...  The atrophication of the muscles makes you feel very weak since you cannot walk correctly, feel balanced, climb stairs, etc.  This is all completely normal and can be resolved with time, work and patience.  Here's the plan...

    https://patient.info/forums/discuss/post-tkr-exercising-565527

    You start very gradually and build endurance before strength.  While you can do a bike and walk every day, all strength exercises are done every other day to give the muscles a chance to recover from the exercise and grow stronger.  On the alternating days, relax or do some upper body work.  If you can't get to a gym, a good set of exercise bands will help a lot.

    You must be committed to this path...no slackers allowed.  In the end, you will have all that muscle tone back and the pressure, now on the knee alone, will go back to the supporting muscles where it belongs.  Gotta do the work and take the time to get it done.

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