In trying to analyze the whole experience, there was one very interesting factor. At the height of the pain on Marlin’s Story Part IV: Managing Pain After Knee Replacement. Saturday and Sunday, I did no exercise at all. But some kind of survival instinct must have kicked in on Monday and though the pain management regimen remained the same, and I was unable to do any meaningful work with the physiotherapist, I completed two sessions on the X10 machine once the pain meds kicked in.
At the most basic level guarding occurs when your therapist pushes your knee one way and you push right back, negating his attempt to help you gain flexibility as you try to protect yourself. This is called Protective Muscle Guarding.
There are some very important things to consider during knee surgery recovery. While full range of motion is the immediate focus, there are barriers to achieving this goal. There are several reasons that range of motion can be limited. I discuss here the variables that can be directly affected by your success in therapy.
What happens after knee replacement when there is a lack of full knee extension? We explore this question in this installment of our series entitled ‘Threats to a Proper Knee Replacement Recovery’.
We examine the Continuous Passive Motion machine for knee surgery recovery. Robert Salter (MD) and John Saringer (an engineer) commercialized the CPM in 1978. Extensive research and clinical references included here.
The last thing she expected were knee Manipulation Under Anesthesia complications… in Lois’ case a patellar tendon tear. A lady with a great attitude and a fascinating life story this is Part 1 of a two part interview. We interviewed Lois right after her Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA) and we will chat again after she completes her full recovery.
In the physical therapy world it is not uncommon for the P.T. abbreviation, which is supposed to stand for Physical Therapy, to also be referred to as Pain and Torture. Unfortunately this is a very common reference for those who have gone through a total knee replacement. But is the “no pain no gain” approach really the best?
For me it was a game changer. I was at a point six weeks post surgery where I truly felt that at 67 years old this might be how I was going to finish my life was just sort of hobbling around, and hope I didn’t hurt the other knee by doing that, but it gave me such a new lease on life. I’m 68 years old, soon to be 69, and I can see myself working for the next 10 years as long as I continue to enjoy it as I do, and I am literally pain free.
Jack McDonnell took advantage of three important new tools to great advantage for his bilateral surgery: MAKOplasty Robotic Assisted Surgery, BEMER Physical Vascular Therapy, and The X10 Knee Recovery System™. In his own words Jack tells his story of surgery and recovery.