Smith & Nephew, my new right knee has behaved itself pretty well most of the time, until this week when it suddenly started misbehaving. This does NOT sit well with me, and just exacerbates knee replacement paranoia and makes me think I have done some type major dislodgement or something!
What to do when your TKR suddenly starts hurting? Panic? run back to the ER? I opted to email my trusty physiotherapist Joel and ask for advice. Do I need to run back to his clinic and get assessed?
I have no clue what I have done to p!ss it off whatsoever. This week I did an indoor bike ride on Monday and a 3km swim on Tuesday – racing mystery swimmer in my lane (unofficially) which knocked almost 10 mins of my 3km PB time.
Then on Tuesday afternoon, suddenly excruciating pain when I was bending it. My initial reaction is panic, but I knew that this far down the line it was unlikely (unless I had suffered trauma) that I had dislodged the implant. So I emailed my physio to ask for advice. I figured my GP would be next to useless on this occasion.
Joel advised I rest and wait. If it was still the same in a week, to go in and see him.
At the moment I am struggling with motivation (specially cycling) as it is. So rest was not the best plan – fearing a slippery slide to apathy, but rest is what I did.
I am now on day 4 of resting and this is what the bend looks like now.
I tried to compare this to the photo I took last week of the bend. It looks pretty similar again so I hope that means this stoooopid knee is recovering. From what, though, I have no clue whatsoever.
Thing is, I wish I did know, so I can make sure I don’t do it again!
Possible causes include
- My massive increase in massage hours at work, not impact but incredible stress on the knee being in a squat or lunge position almost all the time? I think this is a very possible cause.
- Pushing off the wall in the pool? I have built this up carefully from 1 leg to 2, so I don’t think it was this.
- Swimming? NOPE. I kick from the hip, not the knee (I should know how to swim freestyle properly, for goodness sake, I am swim teacher and a triathlon coach!)
- Overdoing it – whatever that means? Not likely, as my training schedule is a fraction of what it used to be before my working schedule went nuts in the last month.
Perhaps its like everything dumb ass knee injury related – I just might never quite know.
My long distance riding is not going to plan as it is, so I better get on that blessed bike again tomorrow and pedal for a while, I suppose.
I blooming hope the good weather comes soon because indoors is driving me completely insane and making me hate this bicycle!
knee is gradually starting to feel a little bit better again.