Your pain and swelling will go down and your ROM will improve. You have a brand new infant knee that needs to be treated with TLC, not exercised.What’s happens if I don’t do the PT I’m scared to death
Thank you so very much for your encouraging words!!!! I’m starting massage therapy tomorrow in hopes it helps and I am able to get some sleep! I have to get up numerous times every night and walk around some leaving me with around 3 hours of sleep a night!Hi, tomorrow it will be 2-weeks since your MUA. As I understand it you are back at day one or the first 2-weeks. I remember the first 10 weeks as being painful due to swelling, stiffness and not being able to bend my knee without help. My therapy was online, and I was encouraged to try every day to do the exercises but never to pain. Maybe some discomfort but not pain. I might have been able to do 3-heel slides or 2-mins of the knee extension exercises but I did try every day. I walked every hour around the house with my walker and slowly increased my time. I didn't start the stationary bike until about10 weeks. At that time my ROM was 110. Next week it will be a year and I am doing great. 140/0. You have been through a lot but try to give it more time and try not to worry about therapy. Or find another. Believe it or not YouTube has a lot of good videos on TKR exercises you might want to check out. Hang in there!
Thank you!!!My PCP checked my labs and told me what dose of ibuprofen to take, and she was very concerned with my recovery. I should have made the visit sooner and I wasn't taking the right dose. It's not like we will be on that dose for a long period of time, and it was safe. I found my OS not as helpful. Schedule an appointment and see how he/she might help you out. I understand about the insomnia. I slept in a recliner for the first 10 weeks and slowly was able to sleep in bed. Some people on this site had luck with Tylenol PM. It seems to be a side effect of the surgery and just being uncomfortable. Hopefully by fall it will be a bad memory! Good luck at your post-op visit.
I struggled with pain early on and didn't think Tylenol was working until I tried the dosing regimen that Layla shared above. It did take a couple of days to notice a difference, but I persisted taking the 1000 mg at regular 6 hour intervals and by the third day, there was a huge difference in my pain level. The key is to take it regularly and not wait for the pain to increase.I have tried taking 2 ibuprofen and 2 Tylenol but it does absolutely nothing!
Exactly what type Tylenol are we talking about?I struggled with pain early on and didn't think Tylenol was working until I tried the dosing regimen that Layla shared above. It did take a couple of days to notice a difference, but I persisted taking the 1000 mg at regular 6 hour intervals and by the third day, there was a huge difference in my pain level. The key is to take it regularly and not wait for the pain to increase.I have tried taking 2 ibuprofen and 2 Tylenol but it does absolutely nothing!
My first January TKR was **terribly** stiff within ten minutes, and so stiff overnight I needed both hands plus my other leg to lift it off the bed in the morning! It lasted until 12 weeks then quickly went away. This despite having good ROM and mobility. At 6 months it still gets stiff but rarely hurts.Also, what is the BEST exercise regimen for the fastest recovery and ROM??? I just want to go to sleep( cuz that’s a joke right now for me) and wake up and see some sort of difference! I realize it’s an extremely slow process but I don’t feel like I should have constant pain and stiffness. I cannot sit in one spot for more than 10ish minutes before having to move around.
That is impossible to answer since everyone's knee is different. You have to do what works for you. If you do something and later get stiffer and/or more painful, then it's bad for your knee at this time. Anything that sets your recovery back is not being helpful at this stage of your healing. In my opinion, the BEST exercise regimen is NO exercise regimen program. Using your knee normally in your daily activities is the best for most members. Your knee gets stiff because it's swollen. Ice and elevate it as long as you're sitting or laying down to help get the swelling down and your bend will improve. In this recovery less exercising = more healing!Also, what is the BEST exercise regimen for the fastest recovery and ROM???
Hi @mxmotomom381I cannot sit in one spot for more than 10ish minutes before having to move around.