Tkr

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This might sound silly but me and my husband both work in the same store, he's a manager and that's where we met. I moved in with him and we travelled the 50 mile round trip every day together. He drives, I don't. Anyway at the end of January he's being transferred to another store further away and because of this I'm being transferred to the store where I live now. Sounds good? I'm actually scared in case I fall when I go back to work in 4 weeks. It's a good walk to the bus stop and it fills me with fear because it's so frosty. Has anyone fallen on their knee and not damaged it?

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    Louise,

    My PT told me she has had patients who’s have fallen 2 or 3 days out of surgery and didn’t not damage the knee..  It was extremely painful for them but not damaging.  She said about the only thing that could damage all the hardware in my knee would be a car crash!

    Good luck to you and be careful.

    Sue

     

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    I fell backwards in the garden. Didn't fall ON my knee. But device feels mighty strong but withstanding a forward fall on icy concrete? Wear safe footwear.

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    I think quite a few folk have fallen after a TKR and been OK, but it is something we hope to avoid. It is scary, this winter weather - I'm lucky not working at the moment (not so great moneywise though) but we all need to go out at times. My non op knee has arthritis and uneven ground is hard to walk on.

    ?I've ordered some snow boots and gadgets you clip over soles of footwear to give a good grip, so you can carry those and not get caught out if not in boots. I don't know how effective they will be. I still have a walking stick for outdoors for confidence - don't need it indoors and I've changed the end to one designed to grip on snow.

    There are also knee supports which can help if knees tend to give way - all these are to help confidence as that is the main issue, we won't necessarily be any more at risk than others but we definitely don't want to hurt our knees after all we have gone through.

    Sounds like confidence is the main issue - if you still have a physiotherapist, they could work on this with you and ensure you are walking fully confident. I have some way to go due to the other knee being weak and sore and the op knee is not fully right either. Maybe you are not really quite ready to return to work yet?

    ?The weather may be mild and the paths clear by you go back to work. If it is really bad on the odd day, could you treat yourself to a taxi door to door to avoid the stress at first? Once you get going, I'm sure you will be just fine! Best of luck!!

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      I think it might be a confidence thing to be honest. I need to go back to work, my sick pay ends in 4 weeks. my knee feels good though so I think being back to work might be a good thing. It'll give me something else to think about other than knees lol, and all the new friends I'm going to be meeting at the new store 😁

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      Wear boots with really good treads and walk thoughtfully and carefully, and you will be fine, it's rushing about which might cause a fall.

      Bestest wishes for your work...it is good to have something to move your focus to other than the knee!

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    I havent fallen. Dont want to. Bought microspikes for pulling over shoes. They makes different kinds of pull on traction devices for shoes. I have a pair like chains and this year got the spikes. The ice was so bad last year, my winter footwear wasnt enough! Not taking chances. Would hate a broken bone! My sister fell. Her implants were fine but it messed her up mentally. She is over 3yrs bilateral replacements and she walks like shes 100 yrs old-tiny small steps and thats on a dry clear blue summer day!
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    Hi Louise, yesterday I fell half way down the hall stairs, ended up on my bottom with my legs up in the air and stuck through the banisters.  It hurt like hell and really shocked me.  I was panting and moaning heavily as I tried to turn round and manoeuvre my leg back through the banister.  I was in shock and thought that this was it, I was frightened to stand on my operated knee in case it gave way.  On making it to the sofa, I found out that all was well and the pain subsided within 10 minutes.  Now I take double the care to concentrate when I descend down.

    Why don't you take a walking stick with you when you go back to work, just to give you a bit of confidence and support until you sort your self out.  Good luck anyway.

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