Knee Replacement And
Three Things You Can Do
To Increase Post Operative Functionality…

› [Knee Replacement]
Illustrated here are the steps in a knee replacement surgery...

Surgery allows some people to regain their freedom of movement and functionality and for others the outcome is far less successful…

As a now retired chiropractor I claim no expertise in the area of surgical correction, but I do know what can help to keep a body healthy and maximally functional pre and post surgery…

Today’s research is also heavily funded in the area of knee replacement as a multidimensional focus…

Not only is the focus on the area of the biomechanics of pre and post surgical walking patterns, but extends to the psychological, emotional and mental state of the recovering patient…

Within this paradigm it is the patient's emotional health and prescribed self management that is increasing success rates with the return of full functionality post surgical intervention...

In Dr. Patricia Franklin's study (University of Massachusetts Medical School) findings reflect that 'patient autonomy' after a knee replacement is key to getting you back on our feet and healthy; not only as an individual but as one who plays a role in a functioning society…

So with that mind set, lets look at three things that may improve your chances in a post -op knee replacement situation…

Pay Attention To
Your Nutrition...

One thing I bang on about continually across this site is nutrition...

There is an 'Eat Right' book for each blood type and you can also check out the new Eat Right For Your Genotype - his latest work, but I would get aquainted with the blood type diet through the more basic books first...

So, I am not going to give you a bullet pointed list of what to eat and not to eat or what supplements to take to lessen knee joint pain because as far as I am concerned, it depends on your blood type...

I recommend the blood type diet by Dr. Peter D'Adamo in that I have my own personal experience with aching joints that cleared up after I quit eating food that I could not digest…

It was not a food allergy; just my blood type saying 'look… I am old and a rare type O- and I do not digest wheat, oats, potatoes or cabbage and processed foods very well…not at all to be more concise...

According to D'Adamo, food is your medicine and he has also put several vitamin and herbal supplements through his trials to see which ones actually aid what blood type…

Some foods are neutral and are not medicine, but are not particularly offensive to your digestive chemistry…

There are some foods, however, that are called 'avoid' foods that will make your red blood cells stick together in what is called a Rouleux formation. When they are stacked like this they cannot carry the four oxygen molecules that each red blood cell (erythrocyte) is entitled to…

This produces oxygen deprivation in the body until the food passes through, but that may be slow in coming because the body's chemical functionality will have been disrupted, and this will start all over again the next time you eat if you are eating 'avoid foods' for your blood type…

There will also be a matter of molecules called lectins that will have been produced in the blood stream as a reaction to food that you cannot digest…

Foods that you cannot digest can eventually cause dysfunction in many areas of the body; especially the joints to the tune of osteo-arthritis and other disease states that may refer to your joints in the form of pain and inflammation…

So getting your diet sorted maximally is a productive step to take to prepare for your knee replacement surgery…

This is a big project because you will want to get as many blood profiles run as possible to narrow this down to the most exact list of medicinal foods, herbs and supplements you can supply yourself with…

The tests do not require large amounts of blood, usually a few drops from a finger or in some cases, spitting into a tube…

And one last thing with regard to a blood type diet…

People often report losing weight when they eat foods that support their metabolism and biochemistry and that is a good thing when we are looking at knee replacement – the less weight it needs to support, the better...



Chiropractic Care To Adjust The Spine

To Improve Walking Patterns
Before And After Knee Replacement Surgery…

If you are looking to have knee replacement, a Chiropractor who is well versed in biomechanics and ergonomics is who you need…

The new chiropractors emerging from the schools of today such as Logan University - who have extended their information access and scope of practice from state to state in the USA - are going to be the people to see for this…

They are the best trained in imaging diagnostics, biomechanics, ergonomics that have graduated yet. (However the rest of us have paid to go to our continuing education courses…)

So here is your list of questions to ask when you call to check out a Chiropractor:

Activator Methods Protocal and a skilled Dr. can deliver a full body, pain free adjustment...
  • What technique do you use?
  • Do you have radiography equipment on-site or will I need to make an additional trip to the hospital?
  • I am getting a knee replacement, will you assess and evaluate my walking patterns (if applicable)?
  • Do you specialize in biomechanics and ergonomics for people having knee replacement surgery?

If you get someone on the phone or e-mail to you that says ' I just adjust the spine' that may not be the person for you as that practice is only looking at wellness care.  You need a practice that is more specialized to accomodate your needs and they are out there, you just may need to look around…

You will need to find a chiropractor who uses imaging with their diagnostic methods and has a working knowledge of biomechanics...in other words, how weight transfers through the weight bearing joint plane of the knee withing the walking pattern and how this relates to spinal and pelvic alignment…

Here is a list of techniques I recommend that will be effective in keeping your spine in line, and is not jarring to the rest of the body….

  • Activator Methods
  • Sacral Occipital Technique
  • Logan Basic + Acupuncture
  • A.R.T.

If you speak to the chiropractor or a receptionist and they say 'we use all of those as needed' , my recommendation is to stay away from that and find someone who leans toward being technique specific...

Again the reason you would want to start seeing a chiropractor is to take care of your spine so that your proprioception is corrected as much as possible pre and post op…

This will impact your walking patterns to the good and give you a better chance of post op success…


All Things New Or

As New As Possible…

A quality mattress insures a good nights rest and better all around posture...

The knees are major weight bearing joints and without them, we don't get too far on foot. We need to give our knees ample support in turn for the support they give us...

A knee replacement is a major surgery that requires preparation of mind, body and spirit dare I say, because I am a fan of science, not the new age movement…

Having said that, the people who prepare for worst and best outcomes and allow all of the emotions in between on that very broad spectrum come through most successfully…

That also means:

  • People who are not kind to you need to go somewhere else…
  • Shoes that do not support due to heel and sole collapse must be replaced…
  • Mattresses need to be replaced to support your spine which in turn supports your walking patterns…

Sofa's and padded chairs that have troughs, shoes with worn heels and soles and people who are non supportive will all let you down…

This is not something that can necessarily be changed in a day, but a strategy over time for getting these situations sorted will serve you well in the long run when dealing not only with your knees but any type of joint pain...

If you are getting a total knee replacement you will need to consider your bathroom facilities. These days you can rent or buy fixtures and fittings...!

Also, lets talk about bathing - its light showers or bird baths assuming your surgical dressings are water proof…

When you can bend your knee to 35 degrees:

  • If you can get a non- slip chair to put in a shower area...
  • With a non-slip handle installed for you to hold on to, that allows you to pull yourself up  lower yourself down into sitting in the shower area SAFELY...

This will be helpful and give you independence in caring for yourself...

People who get a knee replacement vary in age and strength so the method will need to suit who you are...

The ideal would be a non-slip wetroom if you have a spare 7,000.00+ in cash to spend on yourself…

Bathroom technology has come a long way in the last ten or so years and you can find companies that specialize in the installation of wet rooms into almost any space. Trust me, if they can do it in London, England, it can be done anywhere!

I just want you to think. Get a jump on all of these things because experimenting with engineering jobs of this kind in the home is the last thing that you will want to be doing post surgery...

The goal is to have an efficient environment to return home too post surgery. Even better if you can have your home and your people organized pre- surgery so you can get used to how things work...

An efficient environment will give you back that autonomy and independence and keep you happy…

And the satisfaction from participation and accomplishment that leads to success through a knee replacement is going to aid greatly in making your own healing process work for you...

Natural Pain
Relief...

Over the counter as well as prescribed pain relief medications are fast acting and potent, but what happens if you need to take them to manage your pain over a period of years, or for the rest of your life...?

You may wish to do some research and look into some natural pain relief remedies that will not have the toxic effects on your internal organs that most pain medications do after a lengthy period of time...

I have provided some basic information regarding supplementation that provides natural pain relief to help get you started - just click on the link below...

Natural Pain Relief

› [Knee Replacement]

Disclaimer – This is information on joint pain. I teach, but I do not diagnose, prescibe or treat people who contact me. You are responsible for your condition using your own best judgement combined with what you have learned. Just a heads up - bodies carry unusual differences from time to time, in saying that, you could be one of those rare and unusual beings; if you are in doubt, please contact a physician in your area, so you can rule it out.

Move Freely and Knowledgeably and Be Well!

Dr. Jo

P.S...    “Greater certainty of your condition alone can be a powerful form of pain relief.”