At the two month mark, lots of things still surprise me about the entire process of knee replacement. On the positive side, I got to 136 flexion today. My data from the pressure-sensitive treadmill shows I am doing much better in terms of equally weighting my two legs in a walk, and rolling through my foot. I don't really experience anything that can be called pain anymore, although I'll explain that more below. I'm able to walk quite a bit and am exercising almost daily, with a 30 minute walk, and either 45 minutes on the bike or 45 minutes on weights, as well as the exercises the PT has given me. On the negative side, although I get 0 degree extension on the table, when I walk, my knee is still slightly bent. PT and I discussed today the difference between ability to do something and ease of use. We want me to get to the point where it is easy for me to extend and bend my leg without thinking or trying. I am going to keep working on the extension with that in mind, even though technically I'm at 0. I notice when turning from side to side in bed that I have to be very careful to avoid something at the low level of the pain scale (not really pain but discomfort), and even pulling my leg up while lying down (sliding foot toward butt) is not without some unpleasant sensations. So although there is no real pain, there is some discomfort. I am working hard on the rehabilitation but wondering how long this will continue to be the case.
@ellerbracke in terms of whether the knee is made to go beyond 135 deg, Alex said he has not heard anything about that but that could be because people rarely get that far when they see him – their benefits run out, so how far they continue after 120 or 125 is not known to him. However, he is going to ask around and see if anyone knows. I guess if your friend can put her foot against her butt in the water, it must be okay!
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