TKR 9 weeks after LTKR

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I have enjoyed learning that I am somewhere it seems in the middle progress of my 9 Week recovery. I am able to walk independently most of the time, and use a cane on uneven ground or long distances like walking around the block.bI met my PT evaluation with a 106° bend for a knee that had not bent in several years. That part of PT made me cry every time, and required the gate belt to force the bend. I still get stiffness when I sit to long, and the muscles around the knee get very painful if I have to stand in one place too long. I was grateful to know that other people are experiencing things similarly. I do still take Ibuprofen 600mg at least a couple of times a day. I do still elevate it and try to walk at least 2000-3000 steps a day. Thank you to all who shared their recovery so that I know I am still doing okay. My doctor told me to think of my recovery "not in days -but in months."
 

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Welcome to BoneSmart, glad you joined us!

Please post your surgery date, a moderator will add it to your signature for you. Having the exact date will help us properly advise you. Thanks!

That part of PT made me cry every time, and required the gate belt to force the bend.
Sorry you had to go through having your knee forced, a gentle to discomfort prolonged stretch is easier on all involved including your knee. As your swelling goes down your ROM will be there.
Your OS (orthopedic surgeon) is right, joint replacement recovery is a marathon not a sprint.

The stiffness you are experiencing is the Movie Sign, Pain: Movie sign in TKR.

Here is your copy of the Knee Recovery Guidelines, the articles are short and will not take long to read.

Knee Recovery: The Guidelines
1. Don’t worry: Your body will heal all by itself. Relax, let it, don't try and hurry it, don’t worry about any symptoms now, they are almost certainly temporary
2. Control discomfort:
rest
ice
take your pain meds by prescription schedule (not when pain starts!)​

3. Do what you want to do BUT
a. If it hurts, don't do it and don't allow anyone - especially a physical therapist - to do it to you​
b. If your leg swells more or gets stiffer in the 24 hours after doing it, don't do it again.​

4. PT or exercise can be useful BUT take note of these

5. At week 4 and after you should follow this

6. Access these pages on the website


The Recovery articles:
The importance of managing pain after a TKR and the pain chart
Swollen and stiff knee: what causes it?
Energy drain for TKRs
Elevation is the key
Ice to control pain and swelling
Heel slides and how to do them properly
Chart representation of TKR recovery
Healing: how long does it take?

Post op blues is a reality - be prepared for it
Sleep deprivation is pretty much inevitable - but what causes it?

There are also some cautionary articles here
Myth busting: no pain, no gain
Myth busting: the "window of opportunity" in TKR
Myth busting: on getting addicted to pain meds


We try to keep the forum a positive and safe place for our members to talk about their questions or concerns and to report successes with their joint replacement surgery.

While members may create as many threads as they like in a majority of BoneSmart's forums, we ask that each member have only one recovery thread. This policy makes it easier to go back and review history before providing advice.
 

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Welcome to Bonesmart. :flwrysmile: Here you will find people who have been through what you are going through and will help you to know what's normal and what's not normal.

Please don't let PT force your knee in any way. That means no belts, too. Using these aggressive methods cause harm to your healing knee with increased inflammation. That inflammation increases pain and swelling which decreases ROM. Recovery from a knee replacement takes at least a year, not just months.

Be sure and read the short articles Chris left for you. There is a ton of helpful information that will aid you in your recovery.
 

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Hi and Welcome!

My grandchildren call me Grammie and I spell it like you do, too.

I agree with the others, if you are still going to PT, stop allowing them to force your knee to bend, it is not necessary, your ROM will improve without that.
 

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