I’m writing this from my room two days after the first knee replacement. I have had four therapy sessions so far and can now bend my knee at 79 degrees while sitting in a chair. I can walk comfortably with a walker and am ready to start on climbing stairs if I were not having the second knee done tomorrow morning. Today is Wednesday and I’ll be doing stairs by Sunday when I am scheduled to go home.
I can’t thank Pilates enough for the condition I am in as it relates to my ability to now recover from these surgeries. My knee is swollen and the muscles around it are very sore but I’m able to get a lot of movement that others here are not experiencing. That is a direct credit to the condition I was in when I got here. The therapist has me doing things which require strength in my abductors and adductors, my gluteus, abdomen, quads and hamstrings. Since those muscles started in good condition they are really helping with this first knee.
It is now Saturday morning. I had the left knee done Thursday morning at 7:30 and was back in my room by 11 A.M. I didn’t have any knee pain at all for either knee until later in the day. I was attached to a P.C.M.(passive continuous motion) machine for two hours each day starting with the day of surgery.
Each day the amount that this machine is attached, the amount of flexion is increased. I had real pain in the left knee after my two hours on Thursday evening. I took the pain medication and that got me back to normal.
It is now time for my last three rehab sessions here at the hospital. I am honored to have my wife as a guest this afternoon when we learn about getting in and out of the car and up and down the steps. I’m always happy when she visits!!
Pilates has been a wonderful experience both physically and mentally – it relieves stress and gets your body in a “can do” spirit to stretch and feel good. The instructors are the best and the people I’ve met in class are fun to be with. Friendships develop. I will do this forever!
My experience with SDK Pilates has been outstanding. All of the instructors have been knowledgeable and welcoming. All levels of fitness and capabilities are embraced, addressed and challenged. Individual needs are seamlessly met with in the class. Every class is different and I always walk out feeling better than when I walked in. I take Pilates twice a week and wish I could take it every day!
Stephanie’s class is well-paced, challenging yet welcoming for first timers and those who are more experienced. She offers seamless coaching throughout and her enthusiasm and energy is inspirational.
“SDK Pilates’ yoga instructors are beyond wonderful and very reliable. Our community and hospital staff truly enjoy the classes and we are extremely thankful for their partnership with us.”
I have taken yoga and Pilates classes from Stephanie for many years, and I can say that she is terrific. Her background in physical medicine and rehab makes her uniquely qualified to instruct and coach with a focus in balanced strengthening, proper alignment, and prevention of injury. I enjoy the low key environment at the studio, and have made many friends in her classes.
I have been a client of Stephanie’s for several years. What I think makes her stand out from other studios is that she was a doctor & understands each individual clients bodies. The new studio is airy spacious & calming
“Sandi and Elaine have the ability to deliver a class that meets the needs of all attendees in the class, even when there is different levels of experience.They have a great manner of presenting poses and ensure good form for a safe and enjoyable Yoga class.”
SDK Pilates is wonderful! I have been taking classes from Stephanie for a number of years and thoroughly enjoy both her Pilates and therapeutic yoga sessions. Her training as a doctor enables her to work around physical limitations and injuries and strengthen weaknesses. She has helped me immensely with chronic shoulder issues. The fun nature of the classes, the camaraderie of the attendees and the great workout make SDK classes my favorite way to exercise!
SDK Pilates is great! So far I’ve taken Pilates classes with Steph and Nancy, and I’m looking forward to Yoga with Mark. Currently working on core strengthening, shoulder mechanics, overall conditioning, and my golf game.
“Sandi and Elaine have the ability to deliver a class that meets the needs of all attendees in the class, even when there is different levels of experience. They have a great manner of presenting poses and ensure good form for a safe and enjoyable Yoga class.”