Walking the stairs

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Had a big jolt to my 7 week tkr today. I attempted to walk down stairs, without crutch, one step at a time. Suddenly, one foot followed the other, l’ve been iced up ever since. Any advice, please on when stairs become easier to walk?

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    I am 8 weeks and still can't do it, I tried a few days ago and ended up taking painkillers and using ice packs ?

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    Hi Jean. I think it depends on the depth (or height) of each step. I'm sorry to say I am 19 weeks past op and going down is a nightmare, we have a very high rise so that doesn't help. I find going up much easier. 7 weeks is still very early I wouldn't try it again unaided for another 3 or 4 weeks at least. You need to build up muscle to be able to hold you up. It's a long drawn out process, hopefully worth it in the end.

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    Just be patient and keep doing your exercises. It will come. Don’t give up or get discouraged. I had bilateral knee replacements and it was a good six months before I walked without a limp. The stairs will come. Be patience. 
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    I live in a bungalow 😃

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    For me i think it was later on when all leg muscles much stronger...approximately 6 months.
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    Many thanks to everyone who shared about stairs.  I had no idea all of this would take so many weeks and months.  I hope Jean feels better soon.  
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    Stairs are usually the LAST skill you get back after a TKR...and it has nothing to do with your new knee.  However, it has EVERYTHING to do with the strength in your surrounding musculature.  This comes in time since you first have to get your ROM back and then have to rebuild the strength in your atrophied quads, glutes and core.  At three months, I still couldn't do it.  And what is it?  The goal?

    Walking up one step with your new knee's leg first, not bouncing or springing up and not holding onto anything like the railing or a cane.  This relies COMPLETELY on the strength of those leg muscles which are now shot.  Here's a guide...

    https://patient.info/forums/discuss/mastering-post-tkr-stairs-552728

    I will tell you that the post has been controversial since other people have been taught different techniques.  This is the one given to me by my PT and it worked great.  One year post-op, I was doing stairs two at a time with no assistance whatsoever.  Understand that this is not easy because of your dead muscles and not your knee once you have good ROM.  Try it...  Try putting your bad leg on the first step and then using those muscles alone, get up to that next step.  Really hard in the beginning.  It takes ROM plus leg exercises...for a lot of weeks.

    Be prepared.  Going up and down stairs like you once did normally, not holding onto anything and with good balance, takes time, patience and a lot of hard work.

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