There are TWO big reasons to not do too much too soon: PAIN & SWELLING
Having a new knee is a whole new world. I am learning that, unlike the past where I lived with daily pain and swelling, it’s not supposed to be like that now. WHAT?!! This is actually such a foreign thought that I can’t quite get my head wrapped around it. No pain? No swelling? It is hard to imagine after a lifetime of enduring just that. I have high hopes for my ConforMIS custom knee and until now I have been focused on the day to day, week to week recovery. But a future without pain? Astonishing. I was hoping for full function; no pain would be a huge bonus.
To that end….
NO, I should not yet ride 55 minutes on a bike while teaching a cycling class (ok, even writing that feels like I’m a little dumb for doing it – twice – but it felt so good while riding)
NO, I should not yet be walking down stairs stepping with my new knee
YES, I need to continue my range of motion exercises and gently move forward with strength.
PT Smackdown and a few new moves:
Here’s what is on my PT list (I am providing this list for interest sake – please confer with your own doctor or physical therapist to find the right combination of exercises for you) – my goal is 0 – 135 degrees range of motion. I’m currently working to maintain 0 and am reaching 120 degrees with big effort.