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Help yourself to a speedy and minimally painful knee replacement recovery. This easy-to-follow book is the result of clinical physical therapy practice in 5 states with hundreds of knee replacement patients over the course of 20 years. Despite most patients getting very similar information instruction and exercises, there is a high amount of variability in speed of recover Help yourself to a speedy and minimally painful knee replacement recovery. This easy-to-follow book is the result of clinical physical therapy practice in 5 states with hundreds of knee replacement patients over the course of 20 years. Despite most patients getting very similar information instruction and exercises, there is a high amount of variability in speed of recovery and perceived difficulty of the recovery process. This book helps you understand and avoid the 5 major pitfalls that ensnare most knee replacement patients and provides you with an easy to use system that leads you through an accelerated path of recovery safely with the least amount of pain and pain medicine possible. Potential patients in the 40-64 year old category should especially seek the strategies encompassed in this book. The current rehabilitation system was created 20 years ago to cater to retires. Now, many patients have only a narrow time frame to complete their recovery before having to get back to work. Find out how to avoid burning valuable PTO time and wasting money on extra high co-pays for therapy services ($30-$40 per visit). Recovery from a total knee replacement need not be a daunting project filled with doubt, worry and stress. Do yourself a favor, take control of the recovery process before you get on the surgical table by educating yourself. You can easily get fast and relatively pain free results by learning simple principles and following the Fast Track program. Go ahead, get on the Fast Track now.


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Help yourself to a speedy and minimally painful knee replacement recovery. This easy-to-follow book is the result of clinical physical therapy practice in 5 states with hundreds of knee replacement patients over the course of 20 years. Despite most patients getting very similar information instruction and exercises, there is a high amount of variability in speed of recover Help yourself to a speedy and minimally painful knee replacement recovery. This easy-to-follow book is the result of clinical physical therapy practice in 5 states with hundreds of knee replacement patients over the course of 20 years. Despite most patients getting very similar information instruction and exercises, there is a high amount of variability in speed of recovery and perceived difficulty of the recovery process. This book helps you understand and avoid the 5 major pitfalls that ensnare most knee replacement patients and provides you with an easy to use system that leads you through an accelerated path of recovery safely with the least amount of pain and pain medicine possible. Potential patients in the 40-64 year old category should especially seek the strategies encompassed in this book. The current rehabilitation system was created 20 years ago to cater to retires. Now, many patients have only a narrow time frame to complete their recovery before having to get back to work. Find out how to avoid burning valuable PTO time and wasting money on extra high co-pays for therapy services ($30-$40 per visit). Recovery from a total knee replacement need not be a daunting project filled with doubt, worry and stress. Do yourself a favor, take control of the recovery process before you get on the surgical table by educating yourself. You can easily get fast and relatively pain free results by learning simple principles and following the Fast Track program. Go ahead, get on the Fast Track now.

30 review for Fast Track Your Recovery From A Total Knee Replacement: How to Eliminate Pain and Pain Medicine The Quickest Way Possible

  1. 4 out of 5

    Diane

    I underwent total knee arthroplasty two months ago, at the ripe old age of 43. I did a lot of research prior to my surgery and I will preface my review by adding a few details about me. I am very healthy, I take no prescription medications, nor do I have any chronic health conditions (other than severe osteoarthritis in both knees). I am a normal weight and prior to surgery, I worked out 4-5x per week. I initially damaged my knee (torn knee cartilage) in high school (many sports). This book seeme I underwent total knee arthroplasty two months ago, at the ripe old age of 43. I did a lot of research prior to my surgery and I will preface my review by adding a few details about me. I am very healthy, I take no prescription medications, nor do I have any chronic health conditions (other than severe osteoarthritis in both knees). I am a normal weight and prior to surgery, I worked out 4-5x per week. I initially damaged my knee (torn knee cartilage) in high school (many sports). This book seemed exactly what I was looking for! Since I am much younger than most total knee patients, and I was already in good shape, I was very interested in "fast tracking" my recovery. I read this book twice before my surgery, and another time after. Of course, I also reread some of the sections many times and I was following her path. The basic premise is that current rehab for total knee patients doesn't involve enough activity early and consistently. The reader is told that immediately after surgery, we must bend/move early and often, to keep our new knee "lubricated" and to prevent stiffness and to promote fast recovery. The author spends a lot of time going through her exercise regimen, with specifics on each exercise (including photos) and even a few implements one can build or buy as part of the regimen. She encourages the reader to do these exercises right away after surgery and *at least* 4x per day, and goes further by stating that one can expect a very quick (2-week) recovery using these methods. For me, personally, it didn't quite work as expected. First, it took me about a week after being released from the hospital to get my pain under control. It was so extreme that I would (literally) sob when I had to get up just to use the restroom. I am told that younger patients often experience abnormally high pain rates (supposedly because our pain receptors are young & intact). Add into this that I have sensitivities & allergies to most narcotics - I was a complete mess. I could do nothing more than ankle pumps and a few heel slides until we got my pain management program correct. So that takes us to day 10'ish, and I hadn't started her program. Perhaps some people can start doing these exercises 4+ times per day right after they get home, but I find that very unrealistic. Second, I was also given a CPM machine (as many patients are) as part of my in-home recovery. The author doesn't address this at all as part of her regimen. Did she really want me to do these exercise 4+ times per day, also do my prescribed in-home physical therapy (with a therapist) AND get in the CPM machine 6-8 hours per day? I think she should've addressed this, as this is the norm for many patients in the US. Third, most of the photos of the exercises are woefully inadequate to show the reader what/how to do them. Some of them had no accompanying photos, only a description and quite honestly, some were difficult to decipher. Finally, she recommends building/buying a couple of items. One is a "flex bar," but you have to go online, register and have the blueprints emailed to you. But they email a link with a .zip download that I couldn't access on my phone and forwarding the email to my husband (who was going to build it) didn't work (it broke the link). We finally worked it out, but I have no clue why these aren't available for download straight from her blog. Alternately, you can buy this item, but it's pretty expensive. The second item, the "Track" (for floor heel slides) had no blue prints, or even photos, you just had to read a description (which I never fully understood). This item is not available to purchase. In the end, I was only able to do her regimen 2-3x per day, as my knee would swell and hurt due to all the activity (remember, I was also prescribed an in-home physical therapist AND I had a CPM I was expected to use 6-8 hours per day). I felt the exercises were useful, and the flex bar was very inventive and helpful; however, it was just completely unrealistic to get THAT much activity in each day, and I found it much more helpful to rest & ice my knee rather than forcing myself to (basically) do 12+ hours of activity every day. I tried, I really tried and I desperately wanted to follow her guidelines; but the pain and swelling were just too much. A few days, I tried to *only* do her regimen (sans the CPM or other PT exercises) and I could not, even one time, get to 4x per day - it was just too painful. Over two months later, I am still not at full range of motion, despite attacking my rehabilitation like a Marine. I faithfully do my physical therapy and I am even back at the gym and taking walks in my neighborhood and still doing some of her exercises (most are too easy for me now). I so wanted this to be my miracle, but it just wasn't. I'd still recommend to any total knee patient, as I do think you'll learn some valuable exercises. Perhaps it will be your miracle, I just found it overly aggressive and not realistic. I'd encourage the author to address how to fit her regimen into all the other things our surgeons want us to do, as well as update the photos and descriptions of the exercises.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kim Terrill

    More of a sales for the product they sale The book was just okay but what she really wants you to do is purchase her 80 product that she invented

  3. 5 out of 5

    Robert J, Amsel

    A must-read for any TKR patient This book is your best friend, from preoperative decisions through the many weeks of postoperative PT. I am in my seventh week of postoperative recovery from bilateral TKR and I read this book an hour ago. I am fortunate that my recovery is coming along nicely, but negative feelings of despair from weeks of poor sleep due to nagging pain put me in a serious funk before the healing process brought some relief by the end of week four. No doubt that Michele's wise cou A must-read for any TKR patient This book is your best friend, from preoperative decisions through the many weeks of postoperative PT. I am in my seventh week of postoperative recovery from bilateral TKR and I read this book an hour ago. I am fortunate that my recovery is coming along nicely, but negative feelings of despair from weeks of poor sleep due to nagging pain put me in a serious funk before the healing process brought some relief by the end of week four. No doubt that Michele's wise council would have buoyed my sinking spirits if I had known of her book. Based on my recent experiences, I believe that she is a trustworthy source, along with the surgeon and various PT people whom I have interacted with on my brief journey through the TKR experience. this gets two enthusiastic thumbs up.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Vivian

    Best Exercise Plan that works! Recommend to all contemplating TKR. Very readable and focused for successful recovery with the patient in mind. This was the best work I've read on TKR rehab. Best Exercise Plan that works! Recommend to all contemplating TKR. Very readable and focused for successful recovery with the patient in mind. This was the best work I've read on TKR rehab.

  5. 4 out of 5

    m eileen sullivan

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sandra Grieger-Block

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sandi Mosden

  8. 4 out of 5

    CJ Salvador

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

  10. 5 out of 5

    Denise

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

  12. 5 out of 5

    Laura M. Corriveau

  13. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Jayne

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    Barbara Greenland

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Walsh

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sister Janet

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michael Johnson

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tiffany Troso Sandoval, MD

  19. 4 out of 5

    Vivian

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jean Hellekjaer

  21. 5 out of 5

    Craig George

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    Katrina

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    Veronica Robbins

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jody

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rachelle Rand

    Good reference for knee replacement patients Lots of resources, tips and information for patients or family members. I just had a total knee replacement and used this book as an extra resource with my rehab.

  26. 4 out of 5

    candice g neill

  27. 4 out of 5

    Deanna

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jim

  29. 5 out of 5

    Paul Gerike

  30. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

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