using crutches

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How long in general do most people need their crutches after knee replacement...I'm 2 half weeks in and and really need both of them but friends are saying people they know are walking without any at 4 weeks...I can't see this happening in my case or am I not on target do you think

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    I'm guessing those friends haven't had a TKR !

    We all have our own different ways of healing there's no right and wrong, you dance to your own tune......... Well maybe shuffle not dance ūüėĄ you use your crutches as long as you feel feel you need them!

    And discarding them too soon can lead to walking badly and having a whole new set of problems

    good luck with your progress 

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    No rule that's for sure.  We are all different in our progress and healing,  everyone know done one who has healed faster or slower.  We have to go at our own body's rate.  Slow and steady wins the race and a whole lot of patience.   Hang in there.
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    I moved from 2 crutches to one crutch at about 4 weeks and then to one stick at 6 weeks but nothing indoors. At 9 weeks now and still take a stick if I go into town or walk any distance. 

    As Others have said its better to use the aids and walk well. It really is not a competition, do what feels right for you.

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    Absolutely no rule.  I was told this but  areall different.   I certainly still had crutches for five weeks.  I use a stick still nine weeks on. Take no notice of these people.   You heal at your own pace.   Don't worry about it 
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    I would entirely agree, theres no rule of thumb here. Everyone is completely different. I used a walker for the first 4 -5 weeks. from then until now (7 weeks) a cane. I can walk without aid now but still keep a cane handy for safety. This isnt a race Listen to your own body.

     

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    ah thanks everyone I keep being told things and feel I should be doing more but then remember it's know 2 and half weeks...going to keep doing what I'm doing and recover at my own pace smile
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    Everyone is different I changed from crutches to sticks at 2 weeks then off stcks at 4 weeks. Its your knee and you will know when you can change as you will start & use one only aound the house Exercise is the key
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    The last thing, the VERY last thing you want to do is listen to friends, when it comes to progress on the healing process of tkr. People mean well but can put you in a state of confusion and depression. I go on the theory that you can cure ignorance with education but you just can't fix stupid and people who offer advice when they personally haven't experienced the issue. Politely or if you desire, rudely, that it's your circus and it's your monkey, you'll train it any way you want. Be firm, stay strong and take care of yourself, your way
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    I asked my physiotherapist today if I could start walking with one crutch only, as it would help such a lot with household activities. She said NO WAY until six weeks, or you can loosen the new joint.  Now, i don't know if she is right, but I'm not risking it!

     

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      I was walking without aids at 4 weeks, If the joint is going to loosen after 4 weeks there is something wrong with it Iwas in a car crash at 8 weeks which knocked recovery back  The knee was tested with sideways movement and xrays showed the knee was firm.  Im now 15 weeks and back to walking up to 2 miles.
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      You get such different advice from different people. My surgeon said the knee was as strong as it would ever be sgtraight after the operation, but the physio says no . . probably the surgeon is more likely to be right!  Still using the crutches at four weeks, but don't really think it's necessary, but see the surgeon on 25th so he'll tell me yeah or nay.  

       

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      Well i imagine the TKR is a two level thing. First the bones have to heal then the muscles and tissues etc have to adjust . I'm 13wks and my muscles are still changing. Getting stronger & changing shape
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      I would go with the therapist on this one as far as the straight and bend is concerned. The knee itself, if properly cemented is a very quick heal. I fell and broke my femur the day after the revision and xrays showed

      The joint didn't move a bit. I had to have an 18" inch steel plate and 8 screws inserted. Wasn't a pretty site for a 76 year old

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      I fell a week after surgery, but fortunately didn't break anything. . just bruised and battered a bit!  Bad luck to break a leg on top of everything else. . . poor you!

       

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      Hi Ive been discharged from physio with instructions to continue with exercises and I dont need to see the surgeon for 2 years . Just having niggly pain occasionally, sorted with paracetamol. I wouldnt have my old knee back now
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      Op Nuffield Newcastle on 1st October Car crash 4th December. I was fit before surgery as I was working as a nurse doing 12 hour shifts, going to the gym and walking. Post op doing the exercises frequently. I am now doing standing knee bending on one leg holding onto a workbench
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