Learning to walk normal after knee replacement

Posted by dkapustin @dkapustin, Mar 22, 2019

I'm 8 weeks PO from a RTKR and although therapy is coming along ok, I walk like my leg is made of wood. How long before you walked with a normal gait and is there any tips and tricks you can offer? I've asked PT but they are focusing now on my ROM and Quad strength. ROM is 110/0 and getting better as the weeks progress so I'm certain I'll get there…..just not as fast as some people have. It's the walking that is killing me! I walk like a one-legged pirate!

@cheris

I had to smile a little when you said you walk like your leg is made of wood. I said the same thing to my husband. I found that I just needed to try and walk with a normal gait. I was favoring my leg and trying to walk without bending the knee. Once I concentrated on walking normally things improved.

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I am trying to walk normally but my knee buckles just as it did before surgery I am 6 weeks into my recovery and therapy had have a manipulation at 4 weeks in wasn’t bending. Therapy is brutal. Seems like the therapy team each have different technique that are painful ( soooo focused on the bend ) I am left with no other choice but to take it like a champ. Of course the following morning I am as stiff and unbendable as I was the day before so I cycle use my ball for exercises and walk five minutes or more every hour. I have osteoarthritis in this knee my pain and problems started when I was sixteen, found a benign tumor in the bone that had caused a break at nineteen now because of the size of the bone and dead tissue mass the bone had to be cut and they also placed rods in the bones so I am so looking forward to just walking without buckling.

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@monielove

I am trying to walk normally but my knee buckles just as it did before surgery I am 6 weeks into my recovery and therapy had have a manipulation at 4 weeks in wasn’t bending. Therapy is brutal. Seems like the therapy team each have different technique that are painful ( soooo focused on the bend ) I am left with no other choice but to take it like a champ. Of course the following morning I am as stiff and unbendable as I was the day before so I cycle use my ball for exercises and walk five minutes or more every hour. I have osteoarthritis in this knee my pain and problems started when I was sixteen, found a benign tumor in the bone that had caused a break at nineteen now because of the size of the bone and dead tissue mass the bone had to be cut and they also placed rods in the bones so I am so looking forward to just walking without buckling.

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Six weeks isn’t very long.I think I buckled too.
Do all the exercises to strengthen your leg muscles.Especially the quads .Ask PT .Work those muscles and the joint will tighten up.They have all been loosened up

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