Facing total knee replacement with "?"s
Ive had severe rheumatoid arthritis for a long time. Its now affecting pretty much all of my joints. Ive been told by my docs to not work and get on dissability until I can multiple different surgeries done. The first being to have my left knee totally replaced. Id really like to hear from others whove had this done and how it effects them and their horses. Im nervous about not being able to ride/compete/train like id like to.
Any advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated, as im so young I would hate to have to give up on riding a lot and especially competing which I love.
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Here is a Thread from January that may help http://www.horseforum.com/rider-well...e-what-292481/
My dad had one of his knees replaced. He's out of shape and fairly heavy so I thought it would be a really bad deal for him but he shocked me. He was walking the next day and within a week he was walking down the road and back. Now he had been in pain for a very long time (it was a war injury) so I'm assuming that the pain he lived with daily prepared him for what he went through with the new knee. He is talking about doing the other one now.
An older women who's husband I work with had her knee replaced and she had a really hard time with it. She's in shape but maybe her pain tolerance is low?
I have had both knees replaced. I would do it again. Only difference, I would have done it sooner. One knee at a time. There are risks. You need to be aware of these. Down time for me, was 4 to 6 months depending on the knee done. First week is rough! Once you get past that, do your hehab without fail. Also, schedule your surgery so you can have rehab multiple times the same week of surgery.:-)
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