Month 8 after the TKR

Having shingles had put me back completely in my rehabilitation from my total knee replacement seven months ago. It was now February and it felt as if I had gone backwards in my fitness since the New Year. It was so dispiriting.

I had to start building up my fitness again gradually by:-

-increasing the number of steps that I was walking

-trying to walk faster and up hills so that my cardiovascular strength improved

-going on my exercise bike again

-practising my knee exercises again

Snowdrop walk at Wexford Park
Snowdrop walk at Wexford Park

I tried to fit as much walking as I could into my day, by-:

-walking to the tube and not taking the bus

-listening to podcasts on solo walks by the river

-spending time exploring different parts of London by hopping on a random bus and seeing where it took me

-going on longer walks at the weekend in the countryside.

My knee coped with its first outing in snow and ice on a walk in Hampshire, something that would have been near impossible before the operation. It was just lovely to be out in the countryside and not be able to hear a car.

At the end of the month, I went to see the physio for the first time since before Christmas. She immediately noticed that my gait had improved and so had my ROM. I actually had a visible quad muscle.

I now had more advanced exercises to do.  It felt that my own New Year had started in February and it had ended up a good month.


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