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I’m interested in hearing from people who have skied or played other sports after TKR. How long post-op did it take for you to feel secure? This is my goal and my motivation for rehab, etc. Thanks everyone!
@babette, I love that your motivation to recover from your surgery is sports. I was also an active person when I had mine, so returning to golf and working out were my main motivators. Each of us are different, and each of our surgeon's have a different viewpoint on what we should and should not do after our surgeries. Did you ask your surgeon if he or she was comfortable with you skiing once you recovered and gained enough mobility? I was given only a few no-no's from my surgeon: don't kneel directly on it on hard surfaces and don't jump on a trampoline! Outside of those two rules, I was told I could do mostly what I wanted pain-tolerated, but was warned that if I were to run on hard surfaces, it would wear the knee out faster. Since I had many other joint issues, running wasn't really something I did anyways.
@babette, here is another conversation you may wish to check out as well as it is members discussing rehab for a TKR, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/in-pt-for-tkr-started-having-severe-pain-in-the-back-of-my-knee/.
My surgeon supports skiing! (He's a jock, so …). Also, my PT was psyched that this is my goal (especially at my age, let's just say I'm a woman of a certain age). Skis have been radically redesigned over the past 20 years and while hips and knees are still involved, feet are more involved in actually turning the ski. I've always loved skiing even when not fit (I am NOT fit now) because I secretly believe that gravity does most of the work! I won't be skiing on moguls, but will be really happy to just cruise the beginner and intermediate runs for now. Another plus of getting older: the motivation to ski is different and, I think, better. I'm much more interested in the whole experience now.
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Whatever your age or situation, it is so helpful to have a like-minded physician. A few decades back, when exercise for pregnant women was frowned upon, I was lucky to find a female OB that was a runner and herself a new mom. When everyone else was telling me to take a break from dance and aerobics, she understood that was essentially a jail sentence. She simply told me to listen to my body and that I would know when to slow down and join the "low intensity" crowd. I danced until the day before my son was born and was back at it just a few days afterward — all with the encouragement and support of my doctor.
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1. Skiing: After seven years of dealing with an injured and worn-down knee, I had it replaced at age 63. Went skiing in the alps 4 months later and had total control. Skied like in my twenties.
2. Tae Kwon Do: 20 years experience at age 63. Back to practice after six weeks – felt like a beginner. Another three weeks or so: back to normal. No more kicking trees, but heavy bags without problem.
No signs of damage 11 years later.
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@pittkd Wow – that's an inspiration. Yours is not the first experience I've read about where skiers describe skiing as good as/even better than pre-knee replacement! Winter's coming. 🙂
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@pittkd, you went skiing in the alps 4 months after your total knee replacement!? That is pretty awesome and must of took some serious dedication to rehab quickly.
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Sorry about the Florence-related delay in responding to the last two posts. Minor correction: the fabulous skiing happened _seven_ months after my first knee replacement and four months after a supraspinatus (shoulder) reattachment. However, skiing four months after my second knee replacement felt similarly good. Physical therapy after both replacements had its painful moments, but noticeable progress is a good motivator. It also helps to be in good physical shape before surgery.
@pittkd I'm dedicated to my physical therapy and hope to be skiing by December (surgery was late July). I've been bothered by my PT's wanting to physically push my bent knee to reach 120 degrees. I'm at 114. I think I can get there myself and am, of course, trying to avoid use of force/pain. Thoughts?
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I remember how the ph. therapist after the second tkr pushed too hard so that I actually got sick afterwards. (Happens to me sometimes after intense pain.) I quit after five or six home visits and worked on the flexibility on my own. Force with well-dosed pain appears to be necessary, though, to achieve a reasonable range of motion.
Have seen a previous series of messages re: above topic, but cannot get into that group for some reason. I would be grateful for some feed-back. I am a 71 year old man, quite fit and at four months after my TKR. My [very good] surgeon at post-op. meeting, suggested not to ski, but didn't say "ever again". Re-hab is going well. I feel fit and strong, ready to venture onto easy/intermediate runs in the Alps this winter. Look forward to your views and experiences.
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Hello @brucelane, I moved your message to the discussion you were talking referencing on skiing and sports after a total knee replacement. How are you doing with your range-of-motion? Did you ask for a potential timeline for returning to skiing?
@brucelane I was a skier also, but have not skied in quite a few years. I would love to do it again and my ortho said it was possible if I stayed on slopes that are easy, basically below what my ability had been. You do want to avoid a fall on that knee.
That being said, you really do need to ask your orthopedic surgeon. I think knees vary and some may be more tolerant of activities than others.
The bottom line for me though is that I will not be skiing again. My husband has no interest in skiing again so I will just have to enjoy it vicariously through my son who is an expert, avid skier. If this is something very important to you I hope your ortho will say it will be OK to do it.
Many thanks for comments so far – sounds like a personal decision after discussing with physio/surgeon, being sensible and listening to the body. Lot depends on who to believe. All I can say is that knee (and spine and hip), have not been so good since over ten years.
First, hat’s off to all the people who went back to skiing – some after an amazing 4 months post TKR. I gave up skiing a few years ago, mostly because of crowded slopes and inconsiderate morons who ski beyond their control. My personal goal and hope is to get back to playing tennis (mostly doubles, and only on clay courts). I am hoping to be able to slowly start back at the 6 month mark. Currently, almost 4 months after surgery the knee still is not quite pain free when walking, but works perfectly for swimming. I am lucky to have achieved about 130 degree flex – right after swim session probably even more when the muscles are relaxed. Any other tennis fans out there?
I have a hip Replacement at age 47- Then at age 55 had 2 knee surgeries within 11 months; first a cyst in my knee joint, needed to be removed, followed by a total knee replacement 11 months later. Fortunately I was able to start skiing three months after my knee replacement. I did do a lot of working out, worked with a trainer. He was key-and is also a physical therapist. He crafted a nice recovery program for me which I followed very carefully. I also went through the Mayo healthy living program, almost 2 months after my knee replacement and that really helped a lot as well. I was fortunate to be quite active prior to surgery and I think that helped my early recovery.
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