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My bend of heel to bum is tough. I do heel bends in bed with a band but only go to pain level 4 or 5. I do this a few times a day.Doing stairs is tough as well. At 5 months is this OK to be at this stage.
Stop trying to bring your heel up to your bum, and stop doing heel bends in bed to a level of 4-5. These things are not necessary to have improvement.

Stop doing stairs foot over foot, since that is still tough. Wait a few weeks and try again. If it’s still tough, wait some more and try again.

I had the same issues at 5 months that you do. Your knee is not yet even halfway healed, and pushing these things is not helping it.

All you need to do at this point is your daily activities, try to relax (which I know is very hard, I was very worried my whole first year) and give your knee time. I cannot stress the time thing enough.

If you really want to do exercises, these are the only ones you need:
Extension: how to estimate it and ways to improve it
Heel slides and how to do them properly

I wasted way too much time worrying about my ROM the whole first year. I had a lot of improvement in my second year as I continued to heal and my whole leg continued to relax.
 

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Jockette is 100% right @Schnautzer, you have already experienced the fact that swelling is reducing your ROM and pushing exercises to a 4-5 is going to cause more swelling this early in recovery.
 
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Should I continue to rock on the bike to try to go backwards. I will be so happy when I can accomplish that one small thing. Then I will know I am on my way.Or will this be too taxing?
You have no idea how much this web site is appreciated. With no hydro therapy or physio therapy available and docters so busy, this is a trying time. At least I have had the experience of having tkr last year but am still frustrated and befuddled with what or what not to do.
So thank you sooooo much❤
 

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@Schnautzer you can sit on the bike and rotate the peddles back and forth to gently stretch the knee, just don't force it or cause pain. I used a set of floor peddles that way and it helped to very gently work on ROM.
 

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