I’ve been doing aquatic therapy for a couple of weeks now, in an attempt to make my knees feel a little better and perchance to lose enough weight that I can be considered for knee replacement (yes, I’ll need both done, eventually, but I’m hoping to delay it with hyaluronic acid injections, also known as “rooster comb” injections because that’s where they get the stuff from). It’s having a positive effect in that the knees don’t feel as bad and I’m having less trouble climbing the stairs (descending the stairs is still accomplished by my sitting on the steps and pushing myself down).
My legs are doing well. My arms, on the other hand, are aching. My therapist has me doing arm exercises to firm up my core, which involve running my arms through the water while I hold my gut in. I move my arms up and down, forward and backward through the water, which provides a certain amount of resistance. Combined with all the other stuff I do with my arms just in everyday living (using banisters on my way up and down the stairs, walking with a cane, bracing myself against walls, holding chair arms to push myself up out of chairs etc.), I’m putting a lot of strain on them. We were concerned that I lacked the upper body strength, but that doesn’t seem to be a problem. I feel it especially in my shoulders and upper arms. It’s not really pain, more soreness from the work I’m doing. If I did more leading up to this, I’m sure I wouldn’t have these problems now, but I’m putting that behind me and living with the aches and soreness.
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