I have been home one week and the above items have kept me busy when I’m not exercising or icing my knees. It’s a good thing that all of them are available because otherwise I would be a nut case. Even though I tried to increase my range of motion last week, I lost 9 degrees on both knees. The therapist thinks maybe there was some anesthesia still in me at the hospital as well as pain medicine. I took two pills before each session there and only one here and I don’t intend to change since they make me goofy and make me dream strange dreams. My legs retained a lot of fluid also (I gained about 12 pounds from the day before surgery to the day I got home) and am now starting to return to form so each day gets a little less stiff.
Stephanie has a lot of work to do when I get back because I felt like a toddler as far as balance was concerned. I don’t know which was scarier, looking down a flight of stairs or walking the first time with that cane. After the first few times I went to Pilates until before the surgery, my balance was the best it was in my lifetime and I intend to get that back. Using a walker has kept some of my upper body strength also.
I keep looking for anyone who uses SKYPE because then I feel a connection to the outside world. I don’t get to go outside until next week. This week I talked to people in Philadelphia, Knoxville, Orlando, and Shanghai. I still can’t figure out how it works for free but I’m not complaining.
I have started a routine of breakfast, walk the floor, ice my knees and take a pain pill, then exercise. I do two sets of all the exercises then ice my knees again. I do a reverse of that before dinner so that exercise is done for the day before dinner. I ice my knees for 20 minutes an hour the rest of the evening. During the day I try to get up and walk the floor for 10 to 20 minutes each hour. I’m hoping I can be in relatively good shape after rehab to start with some simple Pilates by early November.
Stephanie loaned me a very good book a few months ago on knee care to prevent injury and to rehab after injury. It pointed out that pool therapy may be the best for rehab so I have elected to take the therapy at Union Memorial (Bel Air Athletic Club) since they do their therapy using the pool as well as traditional therapy. Home therapy ends Friday and the new therapy starts Monday. I’ll let you know how that goes next week!!
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!
I love the classes and instructors at SDK Pilates! Stephanie, the owner, has been a tremendous help to me with understanding challenges I face with a bad hip. Her expertise and medical background have helped me select exercises that are appropriate for me and I have learned there are still plenty of things that I can do to strengthen my body! At other places, I sometimes overdid my workouts (and hurt myself) – SDK’s instructors have helped me increase my flexibility and strengthen my body in a s…
“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!
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.
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.
“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.”
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!
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.
“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.”