Exercise After Knee Replacement

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riddlet

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Posted: 16 Jan 2011, 15:03
I had both of my knees replaced about 8 weeks ago. Right now I am going to physical therapy twice a week but want to begin working out at our local rec center. I know I can handle the exercise bike but not sure about the treadmill or even weights at this point. Has anyone out there been through knee replacement that can give me some advice? Thanks!
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AnnaPo

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Posted: 16 Jan 2011, 19:05
Your pain level will probably dictate a lot of what you want to do. Aside form biking, your best bet is probably upper body weight lifting or using an upper body ergometer until your knees can handle the treadmill. Swimming is probably okay, and you could always use one of those little floaties that keep your legs still. I would consult with your physical therapist before embarking on any new exercise, though--s/he should have recommendations and timelines of knee-friendly exercises.
riddlet

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Posted: 18 Jan 2011, 12:21
Good advice. Thanks.
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline." 2 Timothy 1:7
NSYU

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Posted: 18 Jan 2011, 20:41
I think, one can never go wrong with light pool activity....it always worked awesome for me and my injuries....altogh, I was nowhere near both knees being replaced...just extra messed up knees and ligaments
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I think it'd be in your best interest to forget treadmill for at least couple of months if not years...acutally how long....will depend how commited you are to make your muscles all around stronger.

I am in process of doing the same (so, I could go back to treadmill) but I find it hard to stick with exercises that are boring, so I skip and pay the price in about week or two later! It is vicious circle for me ;-( but this time around....when I'm bored with (in my eyes..useless repetition) ...I try to imagine myself on treadmill happy...and that gets me trough boring stuff.
Cheers,
NSYU

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AnnDC1

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Posted: 18 Jan 2011, 22:00
Once my Doctor gave the ok, I started with water arobics, just following through with exercises that I had learned in therapy after surgery... biking and walking, and upper body weight machines.

I was also a little off balance for a while and did endup falling and getting a concusionabout 4 months after the TKR so just be aware of any limitations.
riddlet

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Posted: 19 Jan 2011, 09:44
The water aerobics is definitely workable. The rec center I belong to has a heat therapy pool and they do water aerobics classes in it. Thanks NYSU and AnnDC1. I had not even thought of that.
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline." 2 Timothy 1:7
Kaylorraine

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Posted: 25 Jun 2012, 23:21
If you were given a walker use it for support to do in place exercises like leg lifts, knee bends, calf raises, anything to strengthen your surrounding muscle and help get stability back, but be slow and careful. My double replacements were done 3 months apart the last one done in March and I still have problems with stability. Also a good idea is to go to large stores like Walmart and use a buggy to walk around the stores parimeter. Remember to keep good posture and don't lean on the buggy. You will find that you can walk at a good speed but don't over do it. I do plan to join one of the robotics type fitness centers to help tone my body without putting too much stress on my new knees until I get down closer to my goal weight. Just be careful don't risk falling, injuring your knees now will put you in worse shape than before the replacements.
Deserve...

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Posted: 27 Jun 2012, 01:26
Don't push yourself, you may want to see progress but we don't want to see you with more injuries! Anything in a pool should be ok (as long as your doctor approves) because it takes the weight off. Anything like the treadmill is weight-bearing and could stress/injure your knees or other areas. Have you looked into yoga? Getting the help of a yoga instructor to help strengthen your leg/knee muscles could be beneficial.


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pec517

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Posted: 28 Jun 2012, 10:28
Riddlet hasn't posted again since January, but I will share my story. I had both knees replaced in November and am very overweight. I began slowly with PT, progressing my exercises in a supervised environment for three months, then joined a gym and hired a personal trainer with exercise science background for two sessions and got a good beginning program to follow--tailored to my limitations. I went twice a week for a month or two more doing squats over a bench so that I was able to sit quickly if I had any balance problems (and they are not deep squats), and I do lunges holding on to something on each side of me also for balance, plus other lower and upper body strength exercises that were safe for me, including climbing the stairs (using railing) at the gym entrance a few times before I start my workout. Then I added two days of swimming at the same gym facility. I do laps (was a swimmer in high school). I have lost 50 lbs doing that and following a high protein, low carb plan, consuming an average of 1500 calories daily. I cannot tell you how much stronger I am now--stronger than I have been in ten years. What I learned is that you don't have to kill yourself at exercising to make progress, you just have to keep going and increase your workouts slowly and comfortably to meet your own needs. I can now walk 2 1/2 miles at our nearest park and am entering the Walk for Breast Cancer in September as my next goal. And there are Yoga classes for rehabilitation patients at some places also. Regular Yoga might be a bit difficult early on. I hope you are doing well.

Best,

Patty
renae072163

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Posted: 02 Jul 2012, 02:29
I had my right knee replaced in 2007 and my left knee replaced in 2010. I have gained so much weight. My husband and I were walking at night but the heat stopped that. We live in AZ and even the evenings are hot. We have a rec center near by that has an in door track along with treadmills, bikes, stair climbers, and all kinds of different weights. I could use some advice. I tried excersising before and I would come home in so much pain. I would have to ice my knees down just so I could sleep. I like walking and riding the bike but even that causes my knees to swell and hurt. I love to work out with the weights but I get board with that after a while. What would be a good combination of excersies without to much pain and swelling?

Thank you for your help,
Renae
lenjon12

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Posted: 02 Jul 2012, 09:21
I have heard water aerobic works well for knees and back suffers.
Try your local YMCA or Rec centers have classes too.
Good wishes and whatever your endeavorers end up being.
pec517

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Posted: 02 Jul 2012, 09:55
Hi Renae. Exercise seems to be the hardest thing for us to finally get incorporated into a regular schedule. I am finally doing it, but I came to this point kicking and screaming. I do a variety of things to stave off the boredome. That is a challenge. The recumbent bike is a great choice as it should help you with flexibility and if it is programmable you can change the routine up everytime. Just be sure to make it challenging enough to get your heart rate up and don't do more than you are comfortable with. I started with 20 minutes and now do 30 or 40 minutes at a time. If you could find a pool, that would help you so much. I swim laps but I hear the water aerobics are fun and are a great way to exercise without joint pain. Lenjon is correct. If you can swing a YMCA membership or just the class cost, that would be a great way to go. As you know, walking is also good and low impact so it's too bad the heat will keep you away from that for a while. There is a great low impact workout by Gilad's sister, Ada, at his web site called "Basic Training." I used to workout with her when she was a regular on tv, but now all you can get is that one video. I am going to buy it for times when I can't get out to get my exercise. You might try that.

Patty
renae072163

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Posted: 06 Jul 2012, 15:37
Thank you Lenjon12 and Patty. These are great suggestions. I am going to start working out at the rec center. They have everything I am looking for except the pool. The nice thing about the rec center is they have so many different things that I know I will not get bored. Thanks again.

Renae
Mlbinnie

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Posted: 07 Jul 2012, 13:59
I have knee issues and are in the process of working thorugh them with my doctor. I have has some arthroscopy already and are now working through the cortisone shots that are not helping and are probably looking toward patellar replacement or something. One of the best things i have found (we don't have a pool nearby) is to do the exercise bikes with NO resistance, the elliptical with NO resistance (try out the elliptical first though, I have tried a few types and some are better on my knees than others), or just walking on the treadmill slowly at first. As your knees start to heal you can slowly increase the resistance or walk faster, but those are a couple things I have found that don't make me come home in so much pain I can't bear it.
I also learned a tip from my PT about ellipticals and exercise bikes - you have to make sure they are centered. Some of the exercise bikes or ellipticals have the middle console in different places, and if it isn't centered to you while you are on it you will lean one way or another and it will just cause pain.
Finally, I also found a few exercise videos that I can do at home (walk your way fit) that don't put a lot of pressure on the knees either and you are walking on softer surfaces (carpet or whatever) which helps.
kay2906

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Posted: 14 Jul 2012, 17:51
For around 4 years the doctors and physios insisted that I had arthritis in my left knee, however earlier this year on a visit to the doctor she decided to check out the x-ray of my knee, I've never had one! So off I went for the x-ray and back came the news, I don't have arthritis in my knee, I have a muscle problem in my thigh, does anyone else have anything like this. Apparently, according to my physio, my muscles in my thigh 'go to sleep when I sit down' and that is exactly how she described it to me. I am now on Painkillers and stretching exercises, plus I walk to and from my allotment most days, to look after my veg garden, that's around 1 mile. But I am not looking forward to the winter because my leg is really painful when it's affected by the cold, all your tips on here are making me realise what I might be able to do.



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