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post #61 of 122

Kneale, you'll love this. my therapists name is "FINN"  No shit, I swear!  I had to go with this guy!  biggrin.gificon14.gif  

 

I am going to kenetic's in Steamboat. 

 

i go to a pre-op meeting/ evaluation and will start therapy 4 days after surgery.  

post #62 of 122
Thread Starter 
Hopefully that's the start of a series of good omens for your procedure, Finn. When do you go under the knife?

I got to 90 degrees of flex on my own and 106 with the therapist pushing. Doctor visit X-rays show appropriate healing. No word yet when I can go beyond 50-50 weighting, but the therapist is communicating with the surgeon regarding weaning me off the crutches.
post #63 of 122
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Therapy update: I got to 98 degrees of flexing the knee on my own yesterday and the therapist pushed me to 110 degrees, causing a bit of complaint and a bunch of discomfort.

"You'll thank me later," she said. I reiterated the appreciation for her knowledge and efforts I've expressed often.

I'm also able to walk without crutches provided I keep the brace on and locked straight!!! I told her I wasn't wearing the brace around the house and she replied, "I didn't hear that." They work closely with the surgeon's office and it was the doctor who said I had to keep the brace on and locked. I'm still using the crutches outdoors. We keep getting new snow here in Summit County and the walkways remain slippery. Hooray for the skiing. Too bad I can't.

My new least favorite exercise: Take a step, stop, balance 5 seconds on the bum leg, take another step, balance, etc. Since they cut off the top of the lower leg muscle that tightens when you roll your ankle inward in order to get to where they screwed the plate onto the tibia plateau (of course, they stitched it back together, but it's weak and painful now), it's difficult to balance on that foot.

It's all coming along, though. Looking forward to braceless hiking this summer (got my bear spray ready to hang on my belt) and skiing next season.
post #64 of 122
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I got myself to 103 degrees of flexing the knee today and the therapist pushed me to 113. Since I've been walking with just the brace, the knee swells and gets more difficult to bend.

But the foot is bending a lot better now. The foot barely moved after several weeks of no use. That foot was almost frozen back in 1996 when I spent close to six months in casts and a boot after having the Achilles tendon reattached.
post #65 of 122

Wow Kneale, you may be skiing with us at Abasin for Mothers day weekend!!

 

post #66 of 122
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I'm still supposed to walk with the brace locked straigtht, Trish. I've had a lot of muscle disturbance (they cut off the tissues where the plate got installed and then reattached partially) and muscle loss in the calf from nonuse that Idoubt I could ski. The surgeon advised me before we started that I'd not ski until next fall, and then only if I worked hard to restrengthen the leg during the summer.

Besides, Monique wants to be in MI by then, so this is the year for me to agree!
post #67 of 122

Well Kneale, enjoy Michigan, give Monique my best and we'll drink a toast to you at the Abasin Beach Party!

 

post #68 of 122

kneale, how's it going?  Hoping all is coming along well.

post #69 of 122
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Therapist got me to 120 degrees of flex today!!!! That's my maximum flex until I see the doc next week. I'm hoping to be rid of the damned brace then.

How're things going for you, Finn?
post #70 of 122

Hey congrats!  That's  awesome and yes, that damn brace!  It's a love and hate relationship. biggrin.gif

 

I am doing fine. Coming along well, back in NJ now and will go back up in May. Doing rehab on ankle, knee and shoulder. 

 

 

post #71 of 122
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The surgeon freed me from the brace yesterday. He asked, "What would you most like to do now?" and I replied, "Go skiing, of course." He said I can do anything but that as long as it doesn't involve impact.

I've got a Total Gym I bought when I had my Achilles tendon reattached in 1996, so I'm breaking that out for working on the knee. I've also ordered a squishy disk to get that ankle loosened up some more and I have a balance board I made for my wife when she had her miniscus repair, With the lack of snow this spring, I can walk without worrying about slipping on ice, so I expect to be ready next fall!!!

I've had a bunch of injuries over the years, but never an ankle, knee and shoulder all at once, Finn. That would be a real bummer. Good luck with those!!
post #72 of 122

FREE AT LAST, GOD ALMIGHTY, KNEALE'S FREE AT LAST!  icon14.gif

 

 

Awesome news Kneale.  Really.  Easy on that total gym, that Tib's gotta still be sore.

 

 

I am fine, coming along, I get the distinct privilege of going for an ankle MRI with contrast.........

post #73 of 122
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Don't ignore an ankle. When I blew out my Achilles, the ankle got all distorted too, and six months of casts and boots made that all permanent. We never addressed it so I'm left with a limited ankle with an inner "knob"--Is that the bottom of the fibula?--that requires customization of a ski boot.
post #74 of 122

thanks, not ignoring it at all! It's impacting my ability to rehab the knee now.  But what you posted is exactly what I have now.  Very frustrating and draining to be honest. ANy suggestions are welcomed.  Hopefully,the MRI will show what's going on. I just hope it hasn't been untreated for too long (Dec 18th)
 

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Don't ignore an ankle. When I blew out my Achilles, the ankle got all distorted too, and six months of casts and boots made that all permanent. We never addressed it so I'm left with a limited ankle with an inner "knob"--Is that the bottom of the fibula?--that requires customization of a ski boot.


 

post #75 of 122

Hi Kneale!

 

I'm so sorry to hear of your injury!  Looks like your doing great with the rehab. though!  You're a pretty motivated guy, so I would expect no less!!!! 

 

Sorry for the very delayed well wishes.  I've been missing my EPIC friends and finally am getting a chance to re-connect!

 

Heal well my friend!!!!

 

~Anne~

post #76 of 122
Glad to hear that you both are healing well.

I'll be having a total knee replacement on May 2 and rotator cuff repair in late June, so I may be looking for sympathy or motivation.
post #77 of 122
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Saw my surgeon for the final visit (barring some disaster) yesterday. He said I'm right on track for being able to ski next fall, just as he predicted prior to the surgery.

He explained the crunching noise I hear when climbing stairs is the backside of the kneecap that got somewhat misaligned while the leg muscles were mostly inactive the past five months and would disappear as the leg gets stronger.

I'm able to go up AND down stairways, although the knee sometimes resists weighted flexing for the down. It's mostly in my head, I think. I'll be spending lots more time on my TotalGym and going to the rec center to ride stationary bikes.
post #78 of 122

AWESEOME!!!!!!!  Great job Kneale.  the mental part of our injuries are the toughest things to overcome.  If the patella starts to get inflamed, you may ask for your PT to tape it to correct the path. I had condromylacia and they succesfully retrained my muscles to correct the glide path of the patella.  You are doing awesome! I think you deserve a great beer

post #79 of 122
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Thanks, Finndog. I can't drink alcohol because just a little makes my eyes wonder in different directions, yielding a pounding headache and nausea, much like altitude sickness.

The surgeon said the muscles should straighten it out by themselves as long as I have no pain, and I have no pain.

I still have a long way of rehab though.
post #80 of 122

biggrin.gif

 

Ok, then I suggest a nice seltzer with some fresh lime in it.  Cheers!  Its a long road but you are doing so well on the journey. One step at a time.

post #81 of 122
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Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson View Post

Thanks, Finndog. I can't drink alcohol because just a little makes my eyes wonder in different directions, yielding a pounding headache and nausea, much like altitude sickness.
The surgeon said the muscles should straighten it out by themselves as long as I have no pain, and I have no pain.
I still have a long way of rehab though.

Is the pounding headache from Monique hitting you after your eyes wander? 

post #82 of 122
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LOL!!! Nice one, Trisha.
post #83 of 122

So glad to year of your great progress with the knee Kneale!  Keep on Keepin' On!!!!!  yahoo.gif

post #84 of 122
Sounds like you're well on your way. Awesome!

On a completely selfish note, I've enjoyed reading about your progress and Finndog's. Gives me hope. We should all compare hardware sometime. biggrin.gif
post #85 of 122
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You just have a little tack anchoring the ligament, right? I have a bunch of screws and a plate behind a scar that's six inches long.

Glad to read you're doing well, D.
post #86 of 122
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Is the pounding headache from Monique hitting you after your eyes wander? 

My eyes don't wander THAT WAY while she's around biggrin.gif
post #87 of 122
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Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson View Post

You just have a little tack anchoring the ligament, right? I have a bunch of screws and a plate behind a scar that's six inches long.
Glad to read you're doing well, D.


 A little tack in the femur and a nice big screw in the tibia. See?

 

LL

 

Nothing compared to your hardware, though!

post #88 of 122
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Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson View Post

You just have a little tack anchoring the ligament, right? I have a bunch of screws and a plate behind a scar that's six inches long.
Glad to read you're doing well, D.


 A little tack in the femur and a nice big screw in the tibia. See?

 

LL

 

Nothing compared to your hardware, though!

 

 

Now I see what all the excitement is about at TSA. biggrin.gif

post #89 of 122
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Originally Posted by DSloan View Post


 A little tack in the femur and a nice big screw in the tibia. See?

 

LL

 

Nothing compared to your hardware, though!

Seeexxxyyyy.

post #90 of 122
Kneale, glad to hear you are progressing well. I've been reading this thread with a great deal of interest.

I am 30 days post-op on a total knee replacement. Been seeing a PT twice a week with exercises at home every day. I can reach 95 degrees on my own. Yesterday the therapist got me to 103 with a great deal of pain on my part. Despite icing yesterday and today, my knee is rather stiff and swollen. I suspect it is from her manipulation yesterday as I haven't done any forbidden activity.

I'm presently at the gym rotating (can go all the way around backwards but not even close forwards). What is your experience with swelling and soreness after therapy? Do you back off a bit or continue to push?

This question is directed at Kneale but anyone who has had knee repair please feel free to jump in. Thanks.
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