Two days post tkr op, exercises very difficult

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Do many/most people struggle with quads, straight leg raising etc? How soon should I find some strength in those muscles?

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    Two days is sooooo very early.  Read the Exercise Section...

    http://patient.info/forums/discuss/the-tkr-experience-or-wish-i-had-another-kidney-stone--524499

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      You asked for it...  Started on drums in 1959 at age 11...been gigging since my teens.  Strictly blues and blues/rock bass for the last 17 years.  Before moving to Texas for a job, I put together and ran a 13-piece, FIVE HORN blues band in New Jersey.  Best band I ever had in all these years.  It keeps the right side of my brain active (bass lines, arrangements, lead and harmony vocals) and I just LOVE playing on stage.  Kind of an addict.  Balances out the left side of my brain...45+ years in IT, still a full-time Process Architect for AT&T in Dallas.

      EVERYONE should have a "rock star" picture...that's mine.

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      Well that's one hell of a coincidence. My life has been spent with music and I was lucky enough to have a couple of records released in the early 70's

      (1970's not the 1870's)

       apparently they have just been released on iTunes and you could blow me down.   Wonder if anyone will buy them.

      you sound like some boy Chico.

      Mike

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    I am 8 weeks post TKR of right knee. I started PT the day after I came home from hospital. The pain from the surgery was excruciating, limiting how much I could do at PT. I am now at -1 straight and 130 bent. Walk as much as you can, take your pain meds and rest when you can. I still cannot raise my leg as high as my good leg, nor am I painfree. Each day will get better, each week a miracle in recovery. Read the post by Chico Marx . His insight has kept me going through the hard times.
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    It was an absolute shock to me when I woke up after surgery and couldn't lift my right leg! No one told me about the quad issue. I am now 5 months post TKR and it is definitely much better but not back to 100%. Swimming and biking have been life savers for me but only try that when you given the ok. It is a very very slow recovery!

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      hi there

      can i ask ...how did you get the quad to do anything at all to begin with? i did all the exercises but couldnt do thenm properly as quad wiuldnt work at all...seen physios, acupuncture/specialists etc and still now, 3 years after the op...my quad wont work at all.....nothing...even the physios say they cant work with something that isnt there....gutted

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      Read the Exercise Section in my post, above.  All from my daughter who is a graduate nutritionist plus ACSM- and ACE-certified trainer for 16 years.  The key: endurance before strength...reps before weight.  Gradually...this takes time...
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      i cant actually do any of the exercises...thats the problem...my quad is so atrophied that it wont do a thing and everyone keeps telling me theres nothing to work with...have no knee reflex and leg keeps buckling....they think the nerve is damaged and not supplyingg the muscle!!!! nightmare!! x
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      Read the post...  No weights, just reps.  If you can only do two sets of five...fine.  Tomorrow, you'll do two sets of six.  Actually, NOT tomorrow.  You never do the same muscle group on two consecutive days.  Work your quads, calfs and glutes one day...the alternate day, do core or upper body...then back to legs.  Remember...zero weight, just reps...endurance before strength.  I doesn't matter how many you do initially...just start somewhere and work your way up.

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