Day 4 post-op
by, 04-03-2012 at 02:26 PM (351 Views)
This is going to be very boring but I feel the need to track my progress and this is -- at the moment -- the most convenient method of doing so.
Yesterday was my first post-op appointment. I have instructions to do:
1. Heel slide: Sitting, pull heel towards body. Hold for 5 sec. then bend a little further and hold for another 5 sec. Slide knee straight, squeezing knee flat (quad set). Hold 5 sec. Repeat 10 times 3-5 times per day.
2. Towel stretch: Sitting, wrap towel around foot. Pull towel with one hand raising leg. Stabilize leg by placing other hand on thigh. Hold for 5 seconds. Tighten thigh muscle. leg go of towel and try to keep heel up. Hold 5 sec. Repeat 10 times. 3-5 times a day.
3. Heel prop: Whenever sitting, place heel on foot rest. Heel must be high enough so your calf and thigh are off the ground. Hold for 10 minutes. 3-5 times a day.
Extension habit: When standing, shift weight to involved leg and tighten thigh muscle to lock out the knee.
4. Knee extension: Sitting in a firm chair, slowly extend and lower leg. you may use your opposite leg to pull your involved knee back for more bending. Hold 5 sec. ea. dir. 10 reps. 3-5 times a day.
Thus far, I've done two sets so far today. The heel slide is the most painful thus far and I note that it's easier and less painful when I do this downstairs on the flat surface versus upstairs on the carpet. I've used painter's tape to mark my best pull so this is now the benchmark that I must at least meet by the end of each set.
I also note my knee is MORE swollen today than yesterday and I've lost the ability to do some things I could do yesterday. I'm comparing this to beginning a diet AND exercise program where the first thing you do is GAIN weight. It's depressing and discouraging but I've been here before and I'm determined to keep following the instructions until next Tues., when I have another appt. and evaluation.