Well, this is not news to me, but it is a perfect example of what will happen post knee replacement if you do NOT stay active.
I had sudden knee pain last Tuesday. I have no clue what I did, but what is the initial reaction to pain? Stop doing what you were doing. Yep. That is what I did and this is what happened.
It was after my long swim last week. I have puzzled over whether there was something I did to upset the TKR, but I really cannot think of anything. 3km swim is not unusual for me. Neither is pushing off the wall on the turn: I have built up gradually to being able to do this with two legs. So I really have no clue what I did that suddenly caused medial knee pain.
So, perhaps it is what I did NOT do.
- I have not been to the hospital gym for a few weeks to do strength work, because work has been too busy.
- I do not actively stretch both legs (stretching is something I never had to worry about, because I am hypermobile)
- I have not been out walking for a while.
- I stopped exercising because of the pain – worry – paranoia.
I rested the leg for 4 days, worried I might have done something major to the TKR. I emailed the physio, who said don’t worry unless its still painful in a weeks time.
Then I went back to exercise.
I have been back walking in my lunch break (and horrified how much it actually hurt – DOMS – for something so simple!). I got back on my bike and I got a new indoor training program to help keep me motivated.
Now the knee is fine. In fact, I think I have cycled harder on the two rides using my new program than I have in ages.
Once you have a TKR you then have a lifetime appointment with exercise, in order to keep your TKR working correctly.