TKR firm pockets of swelling

Oh congratulations on the new extended family member!
A mile at three months is a good distance.... and yep that's a cause for "feel the burn" in your quads, which is ok as long as the walk didn't create uproar in the joint.

Re extension.... I found stretching not highly effective; the extension I gained didn't seem to "stick". I thought about it and decided that since tense muscles can't let go I needed to work on relaxing the thighs and hamstrings.

I sat up with my new leg comfortably extended, not straining at all. Each hand went on one side of the knee, above and below the joint. Focusing on keeping muscles relaxed I used my hands to gently jiggle my knee up and down - not pushing it down, just raising it a little and then letting it go but still letting it rest within my hands. It absolutely didn't hurt and this jiggling seemed to be more effective than manual stretching by PT.
 
I held my neices 2 week old baby boy.
he's gorgeous
That’s awesome! :christmas-carols-smiley-emoticon:

It reminds me of 2 years ago when I had a new grandson!
 
I held my neices 2 week old baby boy.
he's gorgeous
How exciting! I brand new baby that your brand new knee lets you hold! We want a photo!
 
Happy Three Month Anniversary, sazzie!
Aww, new baby in the family. I love the sweet scent of new babies. Sweet soft and cuddly.
I hope the thigh pain eases quickly and you have a nice weekend!
@sazzie
 
Thanks guys,
He's such a cutie.
I hope to take a photo next time I see him.
I am doing the long strides and make sure I walk heel to toe as I really want to get to 0 extension .
Maybe if I never quite got to 0 would I might always have the thigh and hip ache after a long walk.
I still have a bit of swelling , maybe that's stopping my extension but I feel like the tendons/ ligaments behind my knee are making it spring back up into that slight bend.
oh well , have a lovely weekend yourselves
 
maybe that's stopping my extension but I feel like the tendons/ ligaments behind my knee are making it spring back up into that slight bend.
Swelling with affect your extension, too, as that comes down your extension should improve along with your bend. Those huge muscles and tendons behind your knee take quite a long time to stretch back out. Don't fret, it'll come!
 
Thank you, that gives me hope.
I can get the swelling down when I elevate but it always pops back up.
I will take your advice and think positive :loveshwr:
 
I still have a bit of swelling , maybe that's stopping my extension but I feel like the tendons/ ligaments behind my knee are making it spring back up into that slight bend.
Your PT will have ways to test if it is tendon tightness vs posterior joint capsule tightness limiting the extension.

If hamstring tightness, I have found heat and then foam rolling the back of thigh helpful to loosen them up before trying to stretch.

Interestingly, my tight hip flexors also want to prevent my knee from fully straightening.
 
Its quite frustrating really.
And actually, logically thinking, everything seems to be in a loop with my post op 3 month recovery.
I have thigh and hip pain because I have a slight limp,
I have a slight limp because I cant achieve a full extension during walking.
I cant get full extension because I have swelling on the knee.
I have swelling on the knee because it keeps returning to protect the knee which is still feels sore and bruised although its getting VERY VERY gradually less sore.
So in other words its just a waiting game.
never mind....................soon be Christmas

:loveshwr:
 
I have thigh and hip pain because I have a slight limp,
The rhythm of your post reminded me of that kid song Dem Bones. Remember that song from childhood?
The leg bone's connected to the knee bone,
The knee bone's connected to the thigh bone,
The thigh bone's connected to the hip bone, etc
You're right...it is a waiting game that takes lots of patience for all to heal, adjust, and work in unison, but it's coming!! This will be you -> :egypdance: :wink:
Lots of comfort to you as you continue the journey, sazzie!
 
haha I do remember it well.
I imagine our playground songs were similar even though that big Atlantic ocean separates us. Funny isn't it?
I remember the words of every playground song of my childhood and every 70/80s song lyrics of my teens but I can go upstairs and have to go down again to remember why I went upstairs in the first place :heehee::heehee:.
Or open the fridge and forget why........... every time.
Still remember all my old schoolfriends family/pets/door number etc though.
Seriously though I do get a little concerned that I still have this soreness at the corner of the kneecap.
Sometimes I tubigrip it if its really sore.
Its a tiny bit better though in the last week and today I walked up AND downstairs the 1 step way.
It did hurt a little but I wanted to see if I could.
And I could,
Take care from UK
Cheers for now
 
I remember the words of every playground song of my childhood and every 70/80s song lyrics of my teens but I can go upstairs and have to go down again to remember why I went upstairs in the first place :heehee::heehee:.
Or open the fridge and forget why........... every time.
Is that the truth!
Its a tiny bit better though in the last week and today I walked up AND downstairs the 1 step way.
It did hurt a little but I wanted to see if I could.
And I could,
You did it!! That is a big step forward, (pardon the pun!)
 
although its getting VERY VERY gradually less sore.
So in other words its just a waiting game.
This is the hard part of this recovery I think. Not that it’s necessarily unbearable, but more that it takes so long. Although going through it with others helps me get a better perspective of where I am and where I’m going.
 

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