Monday: Knee Strain, and Physical Therapy
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Monday morning I strained my knee, moving the wrong way. Can you say PAINFUL? Even my birds squawked in sympathy with my yelps every time I moved...or maybe they were frightened by the unusual noise I was making!
My first appointment with the Physical Therapy Lymphedema Clinic was the same morning. I debated whether to reschedule but decided the best time to be at the hospital is when I'm in pain. It takes awhile to get an appointment. It was an effort to get dressed, and even more painful figuring out how to get in and out of the car without bending the knee too sharply. My adult niece went with me so I didn't have that long trek from the parking structure through the university medical center by myself.
There are so many different kinds of physical therapy. I just finished core-strengthening physical therapy a couple weeks ago. That was a real work out, and a bit painful.
The therapy I started Monday is a very gentle massage, working on my legs and belly. The therapist may have adjusted the program a little because of the knee pain. She put an ice bag on my injured knee and worked the leg that wasn't hurting.
The exercise program for me is to continue taking short walks like I've been. Take more frequent breaks while on the computer and move around. My niece suggested only getting a half glass of water when I'm on the computer so I have to get up and refill it more often.
My legs started swelling after my first hip replacement. The standard recommendation is compression stockings. I gave up on them years ago because I can't get them on or off. The therapist gave me a soft knit, toe-less, tube stocking. The fabric is similar to soft ace wrap. It's a lot easier to get on.
It's now Wednesday morning. The pain in the knee has been slowly easing.
Don't ever take your body for granted! Life can change in a heartbeat.