Merlin’s Story Part III. Opioids and Knee Replacement. Effective pain management is the first layer of building that trust relationship that allows the patient to be an active partner in their own healing from the inception.
Swelling and Scar tissue creation are closely related. Learn how they are partners in getting in the way of knee surgery recovery from an expert in the field. Lisa Alarcon, Physical Therapist, has helped many thousands of knee patients recover well after surgery, in many cases with the help of The X10 Knee Recovery System.
Flexion is the number one challenge for most patients after any knee surgery. A lack of full knee flexion is the number one reason patients call us looking for an “X10 Intervention”
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 orthopedic surgeon was shocked at my progress and cancelled the MUA. By the time I saw the surgeon again ten days later, my flexion was at 125 degrees and my extension was at O degrees. God answered our prayers, I avoided the MUA, and my knee continues to improve daily.
It was compromising walking on the stairs or playing tennis. Every night, when I went to sleep, I woke up every two to three hours with excruciating pain. I knew in my heart, at this point in time, with both knees compromised, I had to do something.
Came home, started using it 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.
You never know when life is going to throw you a curve. My curveball came the week before Memorial Day, when I tripped in the garage (on my way to exercise) and broke my patella, i.e., kneecap. Two days later, Dr. Jason Sadowski bolted the kneecap, wrapped it with wire and sent me home in a leg brace designed to keep my right leg absolutely straight for six weeks.
I consider myself fairly determined, and when I saw that the number 130 was the end, it was like okay, I’m going to go there. Every day there was progress, and that was what was so heartening. I could see that I was getting stronger and better.