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REDSHOES2011
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2/19/12 9:52 A

Ask for a referral throught the doctor whom did the knee replacements for a physiotherapist, it is vital you work on your nutrition as getting as much of the weight off the knee replacements as possible. Don't take advice from any person whom has not examined you and knows how your condition looks.. What is okay for others may not be the case for you..
If you screw up these replacements the doctor can't keep replacing them again and again.. I avoided knee replacements by taking the doctors advice and lossing 176lbs.. The damage can't be reversed, but I can put off knee replacements to later in my life.. If I put on the weight again it will hurt again and make knee and hip replacements necessary..

Losing a pound results in a 4-pound reduction in knee-joint load for "each step". I personally can feel the difference getting the weight of then getting more serious about exercise..

Edited by: REDSHOES2011 at: 2/19/2012 (09:55)


SPARK_COACH_JEN
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2/19/12 7:58 A

Here's a link to the article I mentioned:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
les.asp?id=626


Coach Jen



LITLWLDKT
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2/18/12 11:46 P

Thanks for the encouragement, I will probably need it when I get to next month. He is doing the knees 4-6 weeks apart so it will be a long journey. I'm getting my office setup in the livingroom so that I can work on some projects that I need to complete and got a tablet so that I can still get online without having to be at my desk.
I started with the 2 lb weights and am now using 5 lb along with the bands. My lower body is being worked with the bands and the stability ball for as long as I can still get on the floor then it will only be with the bands. The water exercises also work my lower body especially my hips as that can be such a problem for us that protect our knees. I try so hard not to limp but you know how that works. I know about what to expect with surgery and am lucky that I have such a great group of Physical Therapists that I work with who have been giving me wonderful advice for pre and postop exercises. It's one of the advantages of my job. I won't have any problem with asking for advice though and I will let you know how it goes.



MOTORMOUTH55
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2/18/12 7:30 P

Hi litlwldkt. I want to wish you the very best with your surgery. I too had them both done at the same time. When I woke from anesthesia, I was asking why someone in my family didn't hit me over my head with a cast iron skillet...haha. I personally would not do it any other way. It is the most awesome feeling to be able to walk with no pain. What size free weights do you use? Should I start with the 2# weights? We do not live very far from a YMCA. I do not know if they have a heated pool (it would be nice if they did), I will have to check in on that. What type of exercise are you doing for your lower body? If you need someone who has gone through the surgery to listen to you, don't hesitate to ask.



MOTORMOUTH55
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2/18/12 7:22 P

Thank you for your input. Where would I find the article that you suggested? I also have a pool in my backyard, but it is not heated enough for me to take a swim...lol. When the water is nice and warm I do go out and do exercises. Although my pool is small I do try and do laps. Of course 7 strokes really isn't a lot but the repetitions help.



LITLWLDKT
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2/14/12 5:00 P

I am getting ready to have both my knees replaced in the next 2 months. Presently I can walk short distances with a cane but the pain keeps me from going real far. I have been using a stability ball and bands as well as free weights to work out both my upper body and lower body. I had to lose weight prior to surgery and besides watching what I eat, this has helped. I also an lucky to have a handicapped accessable indoor pool within a 1/2 mile from my home so I do water exercises and swimming. Good luck to you.



SPARK_COACH_JEN
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2/14/12 3:00 P

Would water exercise be an option for you? What about the stationary bike? Check out the article "Strength Training with a Disability" b/c all of those exercises can be done from a seated position.

Coach Jen



MOTORMOUTH55
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2/14/12 12:49 P

Not only am I overweight but I had total knee replacements about 3 years ago. Because of my weight, it is very difficult for me to put pressure on my knees. I can get down, but it is very difficult for me to get back up. What kind of exercises can I do, outside of walking, that does not require me to get on the floor?



 
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