Riding Again After Total Knee Replacement
I underwent a total knee replacement on Dec 21, 2009.
Additionally, I have osteoporosis.
I own a wonderfully quiet 10 yr old TB pleasure horse whom I adopted for simple walk-trot-canter ring work and trails.
I've not yet started riding again since the knee surgery.
Can anyone pls advise me on the following:
1) How soon after total knee replacement surgery can one ride again? (The knee surgeon told me to wait at least 3 mos but I felt that he has never dealt with a patient who rides.)
2) Is there any particular hunt-seat style saddle that's good
for knee replacements? (The "PJ" saddles by Bruno Delgrange have "puffy" knee pads that look really easy on the knees. Has anyone with knee issues ridden in this saddle?)
3) Is there a knee brace that especially good for riders with a
total knee replacement?
Thank you for any input. I so want to ride my horse again.
(I'll even give up the walk/trot/canter ring work and settle for just trail riding at a walk if that's all I should do.)
Riding After Knee Replacement
Now that I have completed the knee replacement I have found that each person's recovery is completely different -- based on their fitness level before the surgery, their willingness to push hard during physical therapy, the skill of their surgeon and some dumb luck too. I had a goal to be on my horse in four weeks and did not meet my goal despite working hard to get there (I was on at five). The day I was going to get on I started getting sharp sudden pains which turned out to be probable nerve firing but I took it as as sign from my body that I just wasn't ready despite my efforts. (Listen to your body!). I write a blog on my riding life and have written quite a few entries about my surgery and healing if you want to take a look -- http://briannadressage.blogspot.com/