Hello I too have degenerative disc disease due to arthritis, as well as I am going to have bilateral TKR in April, I also have torn shoulders, carpal tunnel and a flat foot LOL. As far as taking care of your back is concerned, Stretching exercises work for me well. One really good one is the "Superman". Lay on your stomach and lift both legs and arms in the air to a count of 10 2x and also opposite arm and leg for a count of 10 each. Then do the cat pose from yoga arching your back up while you breath to a count of 10 then flat like a table top to the count of 10. I will feel this instantly. Lots of stretches and crunches if you can. I am sitting on my exercise ball as I type this, it is better than sitting in a chair.
I used to do water arobics too, my gym closed for repair and I don't know when they will open again. If anyone has a city gym in their town it is the least expensive, if your over 55 it's only $25 a year. I live in NYC. Writing this to you guys helps to remind me what I need to do each day. God bless and good luck I hope this is helpful.
Yes in New York they belong to the Department of Parks. There are many in each borough. They are very reasonable and the $25 yearly fee will get you into any in the city. Well keep up with your exercises wherever you chose to do them.
I'm glad I could be of help. Please let me know if the floor exercises help they should. I find if I do it continuosly, they really help, just have to remind myself. I will let you know how the knee replacement goes as well.
Hi An_224117 Thanks for your input. I am having both knees done on April 4, yes I am scared to death of the pain that I know I am going to endure but not as afraid as walking around in pain for the rest of my life. I know what an undertaking it is going to be to have both done at the same time, but my Dr. says the same thing that you did, that you don't have time to favor one over the other. I've read some people's remarks about not being able to walk or do anything for yourself when having both done. How did you fare? Was it very very difficult because it was both knees? Did you go into rehab? Anything that you think could help me I would be appreciative to know. Thanks charlie24uView Thread
I am a 59 year old female, who is about 50 lbs overweight. I am to have both knees replaced April 4, 2013. My Dr. insists that his patients who had both replaced at the same time fair better than those who do one at a time. My left knee is the main problem but lately my right knee has been trying to catch up. I've read some of the posts about doing bilateral replacements. I guess it depends on you and how well your body heals and the type and amount of therapy you receive. If anyone is in the NYC area can you recommend a rehab that you think is really good? What type of pain relievers work best and anything else you can think of that may help. Thank You