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I haven't had knee surgery but my dr had me walking in a pool to get "conditioned for regular walking. Worked like a charm
"Be not afraid of going slowly, only of standing still"
Thank you Gemstone1952 For the strengthing suggestion.I was doing aquatic therapy just for the motion to learn to bend the knee and I have that pretty well,but as you suggested I'll check into a program for the build up of the nerves and muscles around the knee.I have a cardio step twister and standard bike,but maybe the excerise videos will be an option also.It just seems like this road to recovery of this knee has got me so out of shape and the weight gain is killing me.I'm new on this site and don't yet know how to take full advantage of it but i'm learning. Thank you
Welcome to wacky walkers. I have not had knee surgery--I will have to do it at some point though, but not yet. Did you have physical therapy after your surgery? I've had some therapy for my knees and I have some nerve damage in both legs and we worked on strengthening the muscles around the knees and lower legs. Perhaps your medical provider would have some thoughts. I guess if I were in your position, I would be starting slow--stop before it gets to be too much, and try to build up by minutes before I went for speed. I wish I could help more. Not all of us here are walkers--maybe that is the wacky part. We all have different levels of fitness and the main thing is to get in some movement. I know that when I was in therapy, there were bicycle type cardio exercises they had me do--I had to move the pedals with my arms while seated. There are also home video/dvd programs that can be done for cardio for people who can't do a lot of walking or any walking at all, for that matter. Glad you are here! Come stop by the coffe chat thread and say "hey"--that's the most active thread on the board.
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My name is Joyce and I love to walk but I haven't been able to for the last eight months due to a total knee replacement still using a cane because of some nerve complications but I still do as much walking as possible as I get better maybe I can get suggestion from someone that had a surgery such as mine.
Edited by: APRILLOVE1947 at: 3/17/2009 (14:59)