Kneeling with artificial knee
I have touched on this in other messages, but not in a focused manner. As an avid gardener, kneeling is essential for me. Almost 3 months after TKR, things are generally going very well. I have forced myself to get used to the weird, “ball bearing/metal” feeling in the knee by not avoiding, but embracing times when it can be pushed/bumped against surfaces (soft, like side of mattress while making bed, hard, as in kitchen cabinet doors while cooking), and I sense a semi-acceptance of the odd sensation. I know many/most people simply don’t do it or can’t do it… I’m looking for those who are as stubborn as I am and want to find out how you managed to ultimately feel normal-ish.
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Hi Justin, I was not told anything about kneeling or not. That's why I was so surprised by it. Mostly just kneel on Sundays at communion. I am having a second tkr Oct. 30 and was hoping the next one would be better, but it doesn't sound like it.
I hadn't thought of kneepads before your previous post. Thanks for putting in a link. I just may get those for the odd kneeling at home moments.🙂
It is so helpful to hear others experience! Thank you!
@chigirl – I've had two TKR's and I truly avoid kneeling anymore. My OS told me that the three most common problems he heard about were discomfort with kneeling, a clicking sound, and numbness around the area. I didn't get the clicking and on my first TKR, the numbness eventually went away. I expect it will with the 2nd one too – I'm just at about 8 months now. So… I felt like if all I ended up with was the kneeling discomfort, I was pretty fortunate. Other than kneeling, was your recovery from your first TKR fairly smooth?
@chigirl I agree with the others, almost no one kneels comfortably after a knee replacement. If I have to I can for a short period. I do not in church, and at our church we walk up to the communion servier and do not kneel so that is not a problem.
@johnbishop Thanks for the suggestion for knee pads, they look great.
@debbraw: regarding the 3 major problems your OS mentioned: I think just about everyone can check the kneeling discomfort, unfortunately I can also check the clicking sound (which seems to be permanent, unfortunately). To balance those 2 strikes, my numbness totally went away within about 9 weeks post-surgery. Would have traded longer recovery from numbness for no clicking any day, though. Glad that both your TKR’s and recoveries went well.
@ellerbracke – I hear you. I'm grateful to not have clicking, but I gotta say, I have read so many posts from people who are struggling with scar tissue and continuous pain that I believe even the clicking – as much an annoyance as it must be – would be a blessing compared to that. Maybe we are both fortunate!
Well, of course had nothing to compare with but I was in the hospital seven days plus a rehab place for an additional two weeks. Then of course the usual twice a week outpatient rehab for a few months. But aside from the kneeling pain, a little numbness and occasional pain which must be just the muscles around the knee, yeah I think I'm doing good
. Hope you keep on doing well with both knees.🙂
Hi @chigirl – I'm glad to hear you say you are doing good. At the same time, I've got to ask why they kept you in the hospital for 7 days. That seems like such a long hospital stay. Do you feel comfortable sharing more about the situation?
Sure I'd share but I truely don't know why. Maybe the meds? I was on tylenol, tramadol and norco same as at home before surgery; or maybe because I would be home alone. Actually, aside from the great meals (lucked out) I remember almost nothing from the first week. It all felt like a three week hospital stay because rehab was a hospital bed and same meds. Sorry I know this isnt much help.