(Last Updated On: March 31, 2009)
My ROM is -2 (w/in 1 degree of my other leg) and 133. I’m getting better at walking down the stairs but it’s still tricky. Going up stairs is no problem. My PT still consists of most of the things mentioned a couple of posts ago, with some additions. I am now also doing some leg raises lying on my side and rotating the leg in circles in that position too. I’m also doing another pilates exercise, lying down, band around legs just above knees, feet together, raising my knee up. I did it all the time in ski conditioning so I’m familiar with it. It really strengthens the hips. Other than that I’m riding my bike more and more with more and more resistance. I’m working up to 30 minute sessions now. My PT guy basically said I can ride as much as I want (on my trainer) with as much resistance as I want as long as it doesn’t hurt or irritate my knee, or cause swelling. My swelling is going down more and more. Now, it’s more noticeable which areas are larger due to scar tissue, not just swelling.
The ibuprofen is causing my stomach to go haywire after taking it for awhile. So, I’ve decided I’m going off of it. I read on the Internet that something like 30% of long term NSAID users end up with stomach ulcers. I really don’t want that. It would really really suck if I had to give up chocolate during a time like this 😉 So, I’ve looked into it and I’m going to try some herbal anti-inflammatories. My chiropractor gave me something called EnFlux which has a concoction of Boswellia and turmeric among other things, known to be natural anti-inflammatories. I’ll try that. And of course, still icing regularly.