Podcast – The Bee’s Knees
Stories of knee recovery, therapy and life after surgery.
Back to Basketball (Part 1)
An NCAA Basketball Official, Recovery After Bilateral Knee Replacement
by Ray Natili
Hi. My name is Ray Natili. I am 53 years old, and I am an NCAA basketball official. I live in Davidson, North Carolina, and between playing basketball in college and started officiating almost 30 years ago in high school, I had pretty bad degenerative osteoarthritis. I had some pretty bad bull legs. We were like this pretty much. And through January, February, March this season was as big a struggle as any. I was limping through airports and everything along those lines.
Full Range of Motion Within Two Weeks
I came home, started using the X10 immediately a couple times a day. It doesn’t hurt because the machine knows when it’s putting too much pressure on you, and it will stop if it realizes that you’re getting too much pressure. It’s incredibly easy to use. I am so far ahead of where I would have been if I hadn’t found it simply because you don’t get any feedback on your own.
Fortunately, for myself, I mean because I had pretty good range of motion prior to, I am 0 to 130 with both, and I got there in probably a week with both of them. And I do the exercises, and I do the leg lifts and everything else, but it’s not giving me any feedback as to, “Okay, where am I” range of motion, or “How did I get to this point based on how much resistance” and things along those lines.
I would wholeheartedly recommend the X10. You don’t have to do bilateral. If you just had one done, and you’re worried about your range of motion and “How am I going to get back to where I was?” I think this is a no brainer. To be honest with you, now, that it’s been with me here since my surgery, it was worth every dime.