2 Weeks Post Op
Well it’s officially been 2 weeks post op. I’m happy to say that I have gone down to using only 1 crutch and had my first post op doctor appointment. My doctor said I am way ahead of where I should be and my quads are strong enough that I could drive. I am not going to drive until I feel comfortable bending my knee, but this news was beyond reassuring.
I started my post op PT immediately after my post op doctor appointment and we started by taking measurements of my extension and flexion. My extension was around 2-0 degrees which is exactly where my range of motion should be. My flexion started at 78 degrees which is short of my goal of 90 degrees. After doing a few heel slides on the wall I was at 90 degrees and then passing 90 degrees towards the end of my exercises. My goal for the start of PT was 0 degrees and 90 degrees. The exercises we started on this week include:
- Heel slides down the wall, 30 Reps
- Single Leg Raises- Laying on Back, Right Side, Stomach and Left Side. 30 Reps- Each Side
- Ankle Pumps w/ Resistance Band, All directions- 30 Reps- Each Direction
- Quad Sets w/ Stretching Strap for boost in height- 30 Reps
- Calf Raises- on good leg- 30 Reps.
- Hamstring/Calf stretching- 1.5 minutes total
- Stationary Bicycling to help gain back range of motion- 10 minutes, zero resistance
- Clam Shells w/ Resistance Band around top of knees- 30 reps
All of these exercises are things I am incorporating into my at home workouts. I am still doing the exercises I talked about in 1 Week Post Op . I am even trying to use the stationary bike w/ no resistance, but at this point I am unable to get a full rotation . This rotation has become one of my new goals.
Goals Currently Include:
- Increase Range of Motion (ROM). Get flexion past 92 degrees.
- Stop using crutch!
Full rotation on bikeI was able to make a full rotation halfway through the week!
- Work towards week 4 which should involve elliptical, stationary bike w/ resistance and more strength work…and NO MORE BRACE!!!!
All of these goals will be incorporated into my 3 PT sessions per week and my at home exercises as well.
I am able to out and about for a while which after spending 10 days in our condo… is incredible. After spending an hour or so on my feet I am exhausted. This past Saturday Chris and I went to brunch in Wicker Park with friends and then walked 2.5 blocks to our car, went to the suburbs to buy a new refrigerator and that is where I needed a break for my knee. I ended up spending half of our fridge trip sitting on a couch and resting. My ice machine is still utilized daily for relief and after time on my feet, the ice machine is a life saver. I returned to work on Monday and am working to adjust my work lifestyle to accommodate my large brace and need for elevating. Everyone is very helpful, so things have not been an issue. It’s nice to get back to a routine again. The past two weeks have been tough but have flown by. Hopefully the next two weeks go by just as fast.