Kneeling with artificial knee

Posted by ellerbracke @ellerbracke, Dec 7, 2018

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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@lorrainecb

A pad? Like to be able to get traction with my feet or kneel on? Since having my knees replaced, I’ve never tried kneeling and really, am afraid to, since my Ortho doctor said “no”… I actually “walked” from the kitchen to the living room, on my fanny… raising one hip at a time! Whew…

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Hi there, don’t want to argue with your doctor but I had one replaced ; triathlon knee ( hammered in instead of glue) and I get on my knee all the time to do yoga n workout. I’m almost 66, had it replaced at 60.. my doc said I could run but I only run 2 miles once or twice a week. I do many other activities now . I do at times put a folded mat under the knee if I’m going to be on it longer than a minute or so.. you must make that decision yourself & see how it feels. If it hurts.. do not do it! 😉

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@dizzydes

Hi there, don’t want to argue with your doctor but I had one replaced ; triathlon knee ( hammered in instead of glue) and I get on my knee all the time to do yoga n workout. I’m almost 66, had it replaced at 60.. my doc said I could run but I only run 2 miles once or twice a week. I do many other activities now . I do at times put a folded mat under the knee if I’m going to be on it longer than a minute or so.. you must make that decision yourself & see how it feels. If it hurts.. do not do it! 😉

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At my age, and weight, I am afraid to even try, but I'll give it more thought…and thank you for your suggestion…

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@lorrainecb

At my age, and weight, I am afraid to even try, but I'll give it more thought…and thank you for your suggestion…

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Maybe try your first time while your in the presence of another to help you in case it hurts or you need help.. 😉

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I just had my 12 week check up. I can kneel, if there is pain I shift but usually just uncomfortable. My dr. said it was fine, his PA told me no as it was plastic. I use lotsa padding under it.

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@dizzydes

Hi there, don’t want to argue with your doctor but I had one replaced ; triathlon knee ( hammered in instead of glue) and I get on my knee all the time to do yoga n workout. I’m almost 66, had it replaced at 60.. my doc said I could run but I only run 2 miles once or twice a week. I do many other activities now . I do at times put a folded mat under the knee if I’m going to be on it longer than a minute or so.. you must make that decision yourself & see how it feels. If it hurts.. do not do it! 😉

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This tool has been a life-saver for me since I love gardening but can’t kneel well or get up by myself. It can be flipped over to kneel and the handles allow me to push down to stand up. It can also be used to sit on. The legs fold in for storage.

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@rknee

This tool has been a life-saver for me since I love gardening but can’t kneel well or get up by myself. It can be flipped over to kneel and the handles allow me to push down to stand up. It can also be used to sit on. The legs fold in for storage.

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Flipped over

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I love my garden kneeler, and have been using it for about 15 years. The older I get, the more I appreciate it – especially the help getting up, and when flipped, a spot for a quick rest.
We are helping our daughter work on an older home, and my husband keeps it close by when doing repairs.
Sue

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@dizzydes

Hi there, don’t want to argue with your doctor but I had one replaced ; triathlon knee ( hammered in instead of glue) and I get on my knee all the time to do yoga n workout. I’m almost 66, had it replaced at 60.. my doc said I could run but I only run 2 miles once or twice a week. I do many other activities now . I do at times put a folded mat under the knee if I’m going to be on it longer than a minute or so.. you must make that decision yourself & see how it feels. If it hurts.. do not do it! 😉

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Wow! Your doc actually said you can run?! i thought this was something you were never supposed to do with a TKR. I was told jut the opposite. i miss running. 🙁

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yes, he did. lots of runners go to him because they want to run or down hill ski etc. it hurt having it hammered in but it was well worth it. Do not run more than a couple of miles as i had to have the hip replaced on the same leg..

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@dizzydes

yes, he did. lots of runners go to him because they want to run or down hill ski etc. it hurt having it hammered in but it was well worth it. Do not run more than a couple of miles as i had to have the hip replaced on the same leg..

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there was a gentleman there that i met who was early 60's running 50-60 miles a week with 2 full knee replacements.. they were both put in by my doctor ;-).

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@lorrainecb

I had both of my knees replaced in 2011 and 2012. Although they seem to work fine, I do not have the same range of motion as I did before TKR and my doctor advised me to not kneel. I wondered if there was anyone that knew of a way to get up off the floor if you happen to fall… I fell while trying to sit on a low kitchen step stool and if it wasn't for my husband lifting me up, I'd still be down there!! My husband has an old back injury and I was so guilty over his having to lift me to the point that I could get my feet under me. Does anyone have any suggestions? I am now 73 y.o., get around fine while on my feet but it was a wake up call falling flat like that!

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@lorrainecb: I have a suggestion of how to get up off the floor after a fall with TKR knees (just tried it to make sure it’s nice and easy): get yourself in a position where you are laying on your back. Slightly bend your knees, turn your body onto the side, raise and twist your upper body to put your hands in what I’d call the “push-up” position. Now you’re set to brace, rotate, and engage your feet (not knees, they never touch the floor) to lever yourself into a downward facing dog position, then walk your hands back toward your feet, and straighten up. Voila, you’re standing. Wish I had the technical skills to do a video, but with a little practice the whole act takes 10 seconds max. I’m about to be 72 in a few weeks, so age is no reason not to try this.

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@rknee

This tool has been a life-saver for me since I love gardening but can’t kneel well or get up by myself. It can be flipped over to kneel and the handles allow me to push down to stand up. It can also be used to sit on. The legs fold in for storage.

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I was wondering about this . I’m terrified to kneel . My replacement is 5 months now and I had a lot of problems but doing much better still don’t want to take any chances .

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