Well do I remember the physical therapy that followed my total knee replacement five years ago this Spring. Unlike the other forms of PT I had taken over the years, it was painful -- and necessarily so. The new appliance in the joint had to be loosened up so as to permit flexibility in walking and bending and everyday activity.
Once I completed PT, however, pain gradually eased until it was virtually non-existent. I walked the dawg every day and completed the community Heart Walk joyfully every October. That was my happy life with a bionic (left) knee until two days ago, until I started experiencing occcasional twinges of sharp pain. It occurred sporadically and seemingly just when the knee was a little extra left of center. Not contorted, but just slightly extended. So we cancelled a day trip my wife and I had planned, only to find that the pain has at least temporarily subsided today.
Certainly I don't want to quit dawgwalking or working out or going to exercise class. Being able to work out as I age was a big motivating factor in my decision to replace the bad knee. But I don't want to overdo it, and shorten the life expectancy of my bionic knee either. So I will just try to exercise good judgment and stay the course.
© Robert Gray Holland (2018)
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