Re: Total knee replacement can't lift leg
Since I just had my knee done Sept. 3, I know how scary it was to not be able to lift your leg. I could finally lift mine straight up about 2 weeks post surgery.
Until then, the sling they gave me at the hospital helped me to get in and out of bed.
It sounds like you weren't given much in the way of exercises. I would think you should do each of those 3 times a day, if that's all you were given. I'd also ask the surgeon's office for more variety, as I have over 2 typed sheets of exercises I've been given from therapists. I spend a good 90 minutes a day or more on exercises, plus time on my exercise bike and just walking. I still have trouble walking "normally", though.
As for icing, you don't want to ice more than 15-20 minutes at a time, and should have at least an hour between sessions. I don't think it really matters how much you ice if you follow those guidelines. I'd err on the side of comfort. Good luck!
Nancy D-ACDF 6/2/02, bladder suspension 12/06, sarcoidosis 10/07, TKR 9/3/13
Last edited by Nanner; 11-10-2013 at 05:45 PM.