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Oct 8, 2019 · Having knee replacement: how to prepare and questions about PT in Joint Replacements

Good Morning,…..I had my right knee replaced January 2019. I had PT at home for the first week and a half and then went to outpatient PT the following week…..Luckily my cousin was around and could bring me back and forth 3x a week. I was told I wouldn't be able to drive for one month, and my Doctor said when I felt I could drive, I should go to a big parking lot, drive around and be able to slam my foot on the brake as if I was stopping in an emergency. By the time 3 weeks was over, I felt well enough to give it a shot, which I did, and I have been driving ever since. You will know when you feel you are ready to drive. Don't push it and please consider the instructions my doctor told me. Luckily I live fairly rural and finding a parking lot that wasn't busy was easy. I wish you the best of luck in your surgery and recovery. Do, do, do the exercises no matter how much they hurt! If my pt at home told me to do them twice a day, I did them three times…..NOT always easy, but I feel it was essential for my recovery. Take the drugs they give you about an hour before PT. I found after a week, I did NOT need anything to help me sleep, but I still took my drugs before PT..

If you are alone, it might be a good thing to cook and prep meals that you can freeze and pull out whenever you need them. I know I didn't have a huge appetite for the first week following surgery. I also would recommend getting a toilet seat riser and a leg lifter. You can get them fairly inexpensively at Amazon. They both helped me immensely.

Good luck!!!

Oct 3, 2019 · Total knee replacement infection after 9 years. in Joint Replacements

I am so very sorry you had to go through this. It totally took me by surprise! I thought, aside from premeds for dental procedures, we were all safe from infection, but I guess not. Do they have any idea what caused it? Scary to say the least, especially after 9 years.

May 5, 2019 · Scar tissue after knee replacement in Joint Replacements

I will put you in my prayers for a very speedy and uncomplicated recovery.

Apr 25, 2019 · Physical Therapy (PT): How long? Where did you do it? in Joint Replacements

Thank you, JK. You and Debbra have eased my mind.

Apr 25, 2019 · Physical Therapy (PT): How long? Where did you do it? in Joint Replacements

Thank you, Debbra…..Yes, I feel quite strong in the knee/body. I do know when I've done "too" much, though. Knee feels "tight" on occasion, but while I'm not worried about my ROM, I know it still feels awkward when going down stairs the right way, not the way I use to do it. Just hoping that that's because it's still awkward doing it the correct way after so many years of guarding it and doing the "up with the good, down with the bad" scene.

Apr 23, 2019 · Physical Therapy (PT): How long? Where did you do it? in Joint Replacements

Quick question…..How long did you all do PT, either at home or at a PT center post op? I am 13 weeks out and do none…..or very little, but do walk 2.2 miles usually a day.

Apr 13, 2019 · Exercise following knee replacement in Joint Replacements

Kneeling for yard work is NOT in my cards, for sure. But I actually did a "fast" command in obedience with my dog the other day and lasted for more than 10 steps. I was pretty proud of that even if I was the only one who noticed it. My gut would say that kneeling on the knee for any extended amount of time might tend to "wear" it abnormally. Not quite sure why I think that, but I certainly would never want to "break" it…….ever. Of course, rainy days really do get to me. My PT said I will be a "walking barometer" for years to come…….ugh.

Apr 13, 2019 · Exercise following knee replacement in Joint Replacements

I just have set my mind to getting everything accomplished that I wanted. Not discounting the pain, but I guess attitude is very important and working really hard, especially at PT.