It seems that my most recent Vlog update has sparked quite some discussion in various place in social media, so I have decided to address some of the discussion points that have been raised around the place.
If you missed it, here it is again:
The hot topic seems to be should I? Should I actually be doing all these things. Doctors around the world seem to give quite conflicting advice on the matter but first let’s look at the facts.
a knee replacement knee joint will never last / wear / behave the same as your actual knee
This is a statement of fact, one we cannot get away from. So, whereas it is entirely possible to do absolutely everything you set your mind to after a knee replacement, you must also take with that, the wear that it will create on the new joint.
Many TKR patients have chosen to return to running. IMO that is one of the most demanding types of exercise on the knee joint, so although it breaks my heart and I really miss it (even though it was also the bain of my life when I was racing because I found it so much harder than everything else!) I am choosing to NOT return to running because I seriously do not want to accelerate the need to go back and do this whole thing again in any way shape or form!
That said, I am very happy that I can, if need be. So for example, getting to the phone at work from the other side of the building before it rings off (because no customers ever seem to like to leave a message they just bugger off again!). I have not been able to do that until now, because I wasn’t able I go any faster than a walk.
Getting across the road if a car comes, getting out of the way of something in unexpected dangerous situations, all those sorts of things are the reason I wanted to be able to run. So although I do not intend to go back running as a fitness pass time, I did feel that it was essential as an every day necessity.
High impact exercise
The star jumps and jump squats etc… should you or not? Well, for the same reason stated above, any sustained impact style exercise WILL wear the new knee joint out faster, so you do have to bear that in mind. However, I’m a personal trainer, I need to be able to demonstrate everything that I use in fitness programs with clients. I’m glad that I now can do that without excuses / apologies / explanations – however it’s not something I intend to do constantly as an exercise choice.
That said, I’m still relatively young – 48 years old – so if that was the style of exercise that I used to do and wanted to get back to, I would be reluctant to be subjected to a long list of ‘do nots’ for the rest of my life. This knee replacement is supposed to provide a new lease of life, not a life sentence!
I have heard many versions of why you shouldn’t do this. Again, I’m talking about lifestyle choices. I do not intend to spend my entire life on my knees (🤣) and if I did, I could see the damage that might cause. However if I need to kneel down to someone’s level at work on occasion or demonstrate something that involves kneeling, I can and I will. It feels a bit odd, a bit lumpy and mechanical, but frankly this whole leg has felt like that since they made it partly bionic, so what’s new!?
I hear people say ‘I was told not to…’
Give me a medical reason why not and I will listen. Until then, I’m going to carry on busting stereotypes, thank you very much!