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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.
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    Sorry to hear what you are going thru, but glad the therapy has relieved the pain a bit. Praying the improvement continues. emoticon
    3004 days ago
  • ANYVAR54
    Sorry you are going through this but you are doing the right thing by getting therapy. emoticon
    3004 days ago
    Sorry about your pain! Glad your knee is feeling a little better. lHoping it gets better quickly.

    3004 days ago
  • MREE777
    I'm so sorry you've been in pain Annie! Sorry too to be so out of touch. The physical therapy sounds great! Gentle massage...when I had therapy it was electric shocks to my back to loosen up the muscles and then an hour of exercises on a physio ball.
    3004 days ago
    Just take it slow and easy... knee injuries suck!
    3005 days ago
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