Knee replacement: Episode 58

  • In this episode: Officially Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA), it is a difficult recovery and will eventually be worth it. This is likely the most difficult and painful joint replacement to recovery from.

  • Chip Review: Zapp’s Voodoo Heat – Skylar & Connie (12:53)

  • Trivia question of the week: Name the Author of Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Dr No and Thunderball? (11:12)

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Brief except from the episode:

Total knee arthroplasty, also known as a Knee replacement or TKA. This procedure is common, about 600,000 occur per year in the USA. This number is expected to increase to 1.2million in the next 10 years.
The average age for knee replacement is 70 years old. With the typical range stretching from 50-80 years old. Women make up about 60% of those having their knees replaced. The current expected life span of a knee replacement is about 20 years. With 85% of replacements lasting at least that long.
Of the common joint replacements a total knee arthroplasty is the most painful and typically the most difficult to recover from. Long term a knee replacement does amazing. For the first 3-6 months you are going to have to work hard at regaining strength and ROM and there is going to be daily pain.
You can’t sit with your knee propped up and expect to improve. You are going to need to start moving it the day of surgery and are going to need to keep moving it until you reach 0 degrees of knee extension (straightening) and 120 degrees of flexion (bending).
Some people struggle with bending some with straightening. ROM will take anywhere from 3months to 12 months to get back. It can be frustrating to be working on your range of motion 6 months out. But, by and large by 12 months everyone following knee replacement is at more or less the same place.

Other episodes you might be interested in:

Stretching: Episode 25

Robert Castillo_Active Fit Bootcamp: Episode 16

Fall prevention & Balance: Episode 19

ACL Recovery: Episode 13

Knee Pain: Episode 2



Joint Replacement: Episode 33

  • In this episode we discuss joint replacement broadly. We cover the 3 primary joints that get replaced, Shoulder, Hip & Knee. Then touch on some of the lesser-known joints.

  • Chip Review: Paqui – Haunted Ghost Pepper compliments of Becky & Dustin

  • Trivia question of the week: Which city was the first to reach 1 million inhabitants?

  • Follow us on Instagram: 2pts_n_a_bagofchips and/or Twitter @2PTsNaBagOChips to see photos, video and get additional episode specific information throughout the week.

  • Thanks for listening!!

Today we are discussing joint replacement. The large version, all versions. All joint replacements. Covering them as a whole. And reviewing the Paqui Haunted Ghost Pepper chips compliments of Becky and Dustin. Thank you Becky and Dustin for trying to kill us. The bag says “Freakin’ Hot” on it so… Actually right now they are melting through the tissue we put them on. I’m not kidding. They are really red.


Hey we had fun in Chicago. We did. For those of you who listened to last week’s episode, we realize that the quality was not all that good. But boy was it fun. Now we are back in our friendly confines.


Joint replacement, there are 3 main types. Shoulder, hip and knee. Those are all the same type just at three different joints. Yeah, yeah, yeah, those are the main ones. Correct. There are some, elbow, ankle relatively new, toe, finger, thumb have been around for a long time. They don’t really fit the… They are not common. The stuff we are going to be talking about.


I’ve seen a couple ankles, they are different. Tend not to do very well. They are still in the experimental phase I think. Plus it’s an alternative to fusing the ankle. So I guess it all depends on how you define function. Do I want my ankle fused or do I want to see if the ankle replacement will give me some relief.


Shoulder, probably the most uncomfortable of the group. Huh? When you have the shoulder replacement. I think the knee is more uncomfortable. People with knee joint replacements complain all the time of pain. I think the knee is hardest. I think having your shoulder replaced, up by your head, trying to sleep, all that throbbing early on, it gets better sooner. Most of these people can’t lie down, they sleep in a chair, they sleep in a reclined position. Which is advisable at first. They are all uncomfortable.


Hip is the easiest. By far and this is not based on our experience this is based on our clients experience. Over the course of the last 30 years hip replacement is by far the easiest. People recovery really well, really quick. Regardless of the approaches.


For additional episode recommendations check out:

Knee Pain: Episode 2

Shoulder Pain: Episode 4

Hip Pain: Episode 15

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