The ONE exercise you should do for lateral knee stability

Do you have pain on the outsides of your knees? Does side to side movement bother you? Do you feel unstable or pain with lateral movement? The cause of the pain could very well be related to your meniscus, so let’s beef up the stability of your knee so there is less rocking side to […]

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Cycle Moles podcast on ICI – check it out!

I had the chance to talk with Indoor Cycle Instructor (ICI/PRO) owner Joey Stabile about our performance cycling program called “Cycle Moles.” We’ve offered the Cycle Moles cycling performance program since 2008 (listen to the podcast here!  Find out why the goofy name) and in the first years we experimented with length – from 6 weeks […]

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Week 12 Milestone – Why is Knee now my Co-Pilot? (hint…my last PT appointment)

My final physical therapy session was today with Ted.  I’m both thrilled and sad… I’ll tell you why. First of all, I owe Ted an apology – Last week I called him “Evil Ted.” That’s because he made me look him in the eyes and promise to stick to the plan (that was WAY harder […]

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Week 11 – Are we THERE YET? Why the Frustration (a rant….)

I Have to Rant … That’s it.  I’m done. That look must have been on my face when I went to see Ted, my physical therapist. “What’s going on?” he asks. I practically burst into tears.  I bet many of you have felt this frustration too. I’ve been patient.  I’ve followed orders.  I’ve done the […]

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Week 10 – Why descending stairs hurts…& how to conquer the stairs!

Does DOWN get you Down? STAIRS. Friend or Foe?  I know for many who suffer from knee pain that walking up, or even worse, walking DOWN, can be torture.  The mere thought of descending stairs can bring you to tears.  Through my decades of knee pain, knee surgeries, and knee recovery, I know it has […]

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Week 9 Post op – Who’s the BOSS? (surprise!)

Yes, it was another PT smackdown. With the swelling from overdoing it last week, I’d lost a little in my range of motion and my physical therapist was not happy about it. When Ted (Ted Molasky, my physical therapist at Fyzical Therapy and Balance Center) asked me who was the BOSS, what did you think […]

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Week 8 Post Op – The Good, the Bad, and Carrying On

THE GOOD NEWS… 51 Days after total knee replacement surgery and NO KNEE PAIN! This was a day that I never thought could actually happen. Of course you are told that you will not have knee pain after a total knee replacement, but because I lived with it all my life, I could not conceive […]

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7 Weeks Post-Op: A glimpse of the promised land

7 Weeks Post-OP – Is THIS the promised land? We all hear that party line – “6 weeks recovery” – but how recovered are you at 6 weeks and what happens next? Of course this will vary from person to person and depend on how fit you were before surgery as well.  I think it […]

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6 Weeks Post Op: 2 big reasons why “Less is More” and the PT smackdown

Whoa there, not so fast. 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 […]

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Total Knee Replacement before & after pictures + what it’s like 6 weeks later

My 6 Week Visit with Dr. Thorpe “6 Weeks” is the party line for recovery after a total knee replacement.  The reality?  There is still a long way to go… Before I met with Dr. Thorpe yesterday for my 6 week review, I had xrays taken.  Then we met and he checked my range of […]

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