The Knee Club

A caring community for those who have had or are considering Total Knee Replacement.

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Why We're Here

We are here to keep us all going forward! At some point approximately 10-12 weeks after total-knee replacement surgery, the supports seem to fall away, the exercises seem tedious, we are feeling "good enough" – and one then realizes that the journey to full rehabilitation and the life we hoped for by having the surgery will be very long and in many ways, very lonely. 

At THE KNEE CLUB®, we recognize that together we offer inspiration, support, and community to one another because we have shared this journey!

 We are inspired by one another to keep working and exercising to realize our dream of a full life with full use of our new knee!

We encourage one another and celebrate the victories.

We learn from one another’s stories, and from healthcare professionals who guide and coach us along the way.

Most of all, we offer camaraderie and reasons to keep going!

With discipline and tenacity we press on, drawing strength from one another to be who we envisioned when we elected to undergo the surgery.

Who We Are

We are a group of TKR (total knee replacement) people at different stages of rehabilitation and renewal. We offer hope, inspiration and a place to talk about the journey. We learn how to finish strong, with others who really understand.

Where We Are

We meet at Total Rehabilitation and Sports Injury Clinic.

Email ahead to let us know you are coming (info@totalrehabcenter.org), or just drop in. We look forward to welcoming you at 390 Provencher Blvd in Winnipeg.

 

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THE KNEE CLUB® T-shirts, opportunities for pre-operative orientation, post-operative rehabilitation, and inspiration from certified athletic therapists, physiotherapists, nutritionists, and massage therapists for your journey await!

 


CBC RADIO 1: NOW AND FOREVER, WITH TREVOR DINEEN


Wed, Dec 5, 1:15 PM (2 days ago)

What it takes to live with a chronic condition https://www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/now-or-never/episode/15641282 

Every day, many Canadians suffer silently with chronic conditions that are invisible to those around them. How they look on the outside doesn't reflect the pain, anxiety, fear and loneliness that might be going on inside. But still, they push on. On this Now or Never, meet people who refuse to be defined by their chronic condition. Lace up your hiking boots with a woman hiking the world's most dangerous and remote trails, even though she lives with a blood clot that could kill her at any moment. Meet identical twin sisters whose close relationship is put to the test, after one is diagnosed with lupus. And an aspiring sports journalist with a stutter works up the courage to ask his hero a question at the Hockey Hall of Fame. Shared from cbc.ca/listen: Listen to CBC Radio's live streams and shows on demand.

 Laura Reimer

August, 2017

On May 15, 2017, an excellent surgeon at Concordia Hip and Knee Institute in Winnipeg, Manitoba replaced my left knee and gave me an entirely new lease on life! I have told people that if I went into the hospital with 10/10 pain levels, I left with 2/10. I was well prepared by the excellent people at the Pre-Hab Centre, and did the exercises, lost a few pounds, and was psychologically very ready to live without the debilitating pain of osteo-arthritis. In the hospital, I was introduced to Marika, a physiotherapist who encouraged me and inspired me to learn the exercises I needed to do to ensure my long recovery road would end in total rehabilitation. Six weeks later, I returned to Concordia Hospital to the Out-patient Physiotherapy Clinic, where Marilyn and Pryma worked with me and helped correct issues not just as a result of the surgery, but some of which had caused the problems that deteriorated my knee. The surgeon remains accessible and I find that I am better and better every day.

            The journey has been an odd one. Although I was told by everyone that the recovery can be up to 24 months, I simply didn’t believe them. I felt and still feel so terrific compared to my pre-surgery state that it has been hard to accept that 3 sets of exercises a day, stationary cycling, and struggling to climb stairs, discomfort in movie theatres and on aircrafts are just going to be part of the way life goes for the next year or more. In the meantime, I met excellent people who might not have become my friends if we had not had the surgery in common. We have filled a need in one other for inspiration, encouragement, and on those tougher days, a caring ear. We have called ourselves “The Knee Club” and our mission is to get each other all the way through to total rehabilitation and a level of living that has not been ours when osteo-arthritis lived in our knees.

 I am so grateful for the people of the hospital, the surgery team, and all the professionals at Concordia that prepared me for my exciting and changed life, and who have been there to support me as I daily journey forward.

 

The Knee Club

Spring, 2018

 It was a sunny day in 2003. My young daughter and I were training for Ringette camp, cycling hard through the streets of our neighbourhood when my tire slipped in a puddle and I crashed. I broke my helmet, right hand and arm, but my left knee took most of the impact. Nine months later my hand was repaired and after twelve more months my knee had a laproscopic scrape (the helmet never recovered). But the knee injury had taken its toll; I gained many pounds, developed plantars fasciitis, bulging discs in my back, and osteoarthritis in the knee; ten years later it was all-consuming, debilitating, and distracting. Like most knee replacement candidates, my moments were consumed with pain endurance.

            Then hope arrived at the Concordia Hip and Knee Institute. In May, 2017 I received a new knee and met others like me! We struggled through early rehab, went for coffee together in the basement of the hospital, and inspired one another. In addition to good medical care and daily retraining of the muscles, one needs to talk with those who understand. It is a shockingly long, slow, and very difficult rehab. Depression is deep and discouragement comes and goes. The mental recovery requires as much daily discipline as the physical. In the knee replacement community I found remarkable people – people of tenacity and discipline who inspire me to keep going!

The Knee Club is a community for those who are on the journey. It is not a substitute for medical care; it is a space for the people who are considering or have undergone Total Knee Replacement to share their hopes and dreams, fears and worries. We meet once a month, learn a little about health and rehab, but mostly we talk together as people who have a dream that doesn’t include walkers, sensible shoes, fear, or depression. At The Knee Club, we are inspired to continue the hard work, going forward with mental and physical discipline and dignity into renewal.

For more information, check out TheKneeClub.com or call Laura at 204.791.4816.

 Laura is a university professor, reconciliation and organizational renewal consultant, and bareboat charter sailing skipper (a certification she received 8 months after her Concordia TKR).