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I'm going to have to have knee surgery.I'm 70. My leg and arm muscles are weak. I need to strengthen them. Does anyone know what I can do.
Pjss48 do some pushes against wall for arms ,bicycle for legs stationary bike
@pjss48, what sort of operation are you having? Are you having a knee replaced?
Knee replacement some day. Not right now. Not sure when it will be. I live in a 2 story house which is hard on my knees. I'm trying to get the swelling down on my worst knee , if you have any suggestions. I have other medical things to deal with, but I won't go into that right now.
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@pjss48 have you looked into a stair chair? It would save your knee
Is there any way for you to go to physical therapy to help strengthen your muscles before the surgery? My surgeon has a pre operative therapy program which helps you prepare for surgery. They also have a class to attend before the surgery to help prepare you for recovery. I am 52 and had my right knee replaced in May. One of the things that helped me was staying on one floor. I slept downstairs on the couch for about 2 months. I was able to get to the kitchen and bathroom without taking any stairs. I packed the clothes I was going to need in a suitcase as well as my bathroom items and had the room set up when I returned home. It also helps to have someone with you for at least the first week to help. A few weeks if possible.
I am 70. Someone said the older you are the harder it is
I also would suggest to try and get some pre-surgery PT, or at least a list of exercises tailored to your ability and medical conditions that you can do prior to the operation. Age is a factor, of course, but the better you are prepared, the more likely is a decent recovery. I just had a total knee replacement about 3 months ago at age 69, and I am doing pretty well.
Wanted to add that I had an arthroscopic knee procedure about 1 year prior to knee replacement. Expectation was that it would be sufficient for a while – turned out to be not so. However, the recovery from this first surgery was less difficult and shorter than the knee replacement, and as long as you can follow the PT guidelines and can do the exercises, you should be able to manage on your own pretty soon as long as you can avoid stairs. Even then, with taking 1-foot steps (up with good, down with bad), it’s possible to get around.
There are many you tube videos on exercises for knee replacement.
Thanks I hadn't thought of that.
@pjss48 Do you use Ice for the swelling? Ice is also a good anti inflammatory
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