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Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Tips For A Successful Recovery From Total Knee Replacement

Your knee replacement surgery is over and your doctor is ready to send you home from the hospital. You had the constant support of doctors, nurses and therapists in the hospital. Now, it’s up to you to continue your recovery at home. You’ll be recovering for months at home, so here are some tips to make the best use of that time and have a successful recovery.

1. Establish Your Own Pace

Getting through knee surgery is not a race. It’s about finding the pace that you can comfortably stay with to continue making incremental progress. The physical therapy you had in the hospital showed you where your starting point is. Your goal is to slowly improve on that over the months. Do just a little more every day and track your progress. You will have “off” days where you are sore and feel like doing little. Let your body rest for a day then get back onto your schedule.

2. Don’t Overwork Yourself

A full recovery from knee replacement surgery can take from 6 to 12 months, says the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. Set your expectation that you will have full use of your knee in that timeframe, and no sooner. Once you’ve set the pace for your exercises and physical therapy, stick to that. There will be times when you feel really good and think you can walk longer, bend your knee farther and lift more weight with your knee. This is when you’ll try to push yourself and cause problems. Overworking yourself can damage your knee and set you back. Resist the temptation to overdo it, no matter how good you feel.

3. Focus On Your Diet

The bones and soft tissues in your knee are traumatized during the surgery, and they need help to heal. Not stressing them by pushing yourself beyond your limits is one way to help. Another way is to provide your body with the nutrients it needs to fuel the healing process. Pay attention to your diet with these tips:

  • Eat a lean, high-protein diet with plenty of chicken and fish as the protein source.
  • Dairy products and other calcium and vitamin D fortified foods are needed for bone healing.
  • Potassium from bananas and leafy greens helps your muscles heal.
  • Antioxidants from beans, blueberries, potatoes and yogurt boost your immune system so you can fight off surgical infections.

4. Use Pain Medication as Long as You Need It

Regular, scheduled use of pain medication works better than waiting until your knee is killing you. When your knee really hurts, the pain medication may barely take the edge off. You may decide that it hurts too much to do your exercises. This slows down your recovery and you’ll fall behind. Always take your pain medications before exercising and walking. Keep the pain to a minimum so you stay on your activity schedule.

For more information, contact Joseph P. Spott, DO or a similar medical professional.

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Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Answering Some Questions About Mobility Scooters

When a person develops a medical condition that severely limits their range of movement, it is important for them to be well-informed about their options for restoring their mobility. In the past, walking canes and wheelchairs were the only options for those suffering from these issues. However, modern advancements have made it possible for individuals to restore much of this lost freedom by using a powered mobility scooter. By having the following questions answered, you may find yourself in a better position to decide if this is the right solution for restoring your independence. 

Is It Possible To Finance A Mobility Scooter?

While insurance will usually pay for the price of these devices, there are many people that lack this type of coverage. Unfortunately, these individuals may be under the impression that they can not afford these devices, but there are options available for those who are on limited budgets. 

For example, there are many providers that offer reasonable financing terms to allow you to more easily fit this expense into your budget. If you lack the credit history to be approved for financing, it is usually possible to purchase these devices used. By opting for a used model, you can significantly reduce the cost of these devices, and this may bring it more into your budget.  

How Long Will Your Mobility Scooter’s Charge Last?

When mobility scooters were first introduced to the market, they were known for having a battery that could only last for a few hours. However, battery technology has advanced, and modern scooters are able to work for far longer. In fact, it is not uncommon for a mobility scooter to be able to cover several miles before it will need to be charged.

From the weight of the rider to the design specifications of the battery, there are a seemingly endless number of variables that can influence your device’s range. However, you can improve the function of your battery by having the scooter serviced at least once a year. During this servicing, the battery connections will be cleaned of any corrosion that has developed, which will dramatically improve the efficiency of the unit. By ensuring that you have the battery serviced at least a couple of times a year, you can significantly extend the life of the battery. 

Buying a mobility scooter can be one of the most important investments that you make, but if you have never seriously considered this option, learning these two answers should help you to make smart choices when it comes to improving your ability to live the life you want. For more information about mobility aids, contact a company like Twin City Stair Lifts.

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