Total Knee Replacement
I am at 4 months out of bilateral total Knee Replacements. My surgeon at Mayo would not allow me to use the ice machines or CPM machines. He stated there are no proven stats that one is better than the other. So I did all the icing and movement exercises all day myself. I asked my PT therapist about it and he said maybe because the brain works with the exercise when I do it myself as for where using the CPM machine for constant movement it is automatic and doesn't use the brain. The voluntary/involuntary brain thing. I should say I wanted the electric assistance but did as my surgeon prescribed.
Because I did them at the same time, I promised my surgeon I understood how hard PT would be. I committed to him that if he would do both I knew it would be hard and I was prepared. All went great. Especially as the doctor reminded me I wouldn't have a good leg to stand on for real. He felt that would make physical therapy much harder. I was walking without a walker and no type of assistance after the second week. My PT therapist says because I worked so hard and constantly, I jumped out early on getting my extension and flexion.
Finally, I reached 0 extension which was very very hard and from 90 degrees to126 degrees flexion. My first personal goal was 120 and now 130. My Therapist released me. I don't know if I will be able to get more flexion without the therapy. Anyone know any good stretches I can do at home for flexion? I went a couple of days without exercises ( other than bending ) they got tight and I dropped to 114 degrees. I went back to PT this week and after 1 visit I am at 122 with his assistance. I have worked very very hard for each degree but think I may be at my limit? I may have to settle for getting back to 125 and work at home on maintaining it.
How do you gain flexion on your own?