Having had 2 hips and 1 knee replaced in the last 6 months, I have learned hips are MUCH easier to recover from than Knees. Here is what I learned about knee recovery that is DIfferent from Hip recovery: Keep a close eye on your breakthrough pain pills and how many you have left. DO NOT LET YOURSELF RUN OUT! IF your pharmacy is like mine, it can take 24 hours to fill a narcotic prescription (Because of the extra security daylight pharnacy robberies in town have caused) DO YOUR PT EXERCISES at least 2 times a day when you are not scheduled to see the therapist!!!!! and 1 other time when you are to see the therapist. IT is amazing how fast it will stiffen up on you if you don't keep up with the stretches! Ask your in home therapist to write them all down for you (Along with directions) so you don't forget anything. also remember to have them update the notes whenever they add exercises to you Try to push yourself to bend your knee a little bit more every time you do the exercises, you should feel a stretch but not hurt be sure to take a pain pill at least 20 minutes before the Therapist is supposed to come (or you are doing your exercises on your own), so that it will be working and you will be able to do what you need to do. ICE often! Use ice for at least 20 minutes after each time you do exercises ice for at least 20 minutes after each time you use the CPM machine Ice for at least 20 minutes anytime you are just sitting and vegg'ing out Ice everytime you take a pain pill Elevate your leg as much as possible throughout the day, to help keep swelling down. USE THE CPM if it is prescribed. Besure to take a pain pill at least 20 minutes before you start the CPM so that it will be in effect and you can relax while the machine moves you. The CPM makes your knee go from straight to bent (up to 120 degrees, but usually starts at 90 degrees). It helps to get back ROM faster and keep scar tissue from forming too thickly. If your doctor prescribed a CPM unit USE IT!!! I was prescribed it 2-3 times a day for a minimun of 6 hours a day My knee felt a LOT better everytime I finished using it. Start with a lower setting for the flexion angle for 5 minutes as a warm up then move it to the new top setting for the day Remember to increase the flexion angle as you can tolerate it, the goal is to get the CPM up to 120 degrees for at least 1 hour a time, for a full week. I was able to turn it up 5 degrees a day, and for the last week I have been able to handle 120 for 2-3 hours at a time DO NOT Turn it up so high that it hurts! IF it hurts TURN IT DOWN! Transition from the walker to the cane as soon as you can carefully. walkers promote a bent over gait which can be hard to get rid of be sure to have the Therapist watch you walk with the cane to make sure you are safe Anyone else have helpful hints to add?