Thanks for all the input! I'm taking it easy from here on out. Was wondering if anyone had a sharp pain on the lateral side of the knee cap when performing heel slides? It's very bad on the outward motion.
Just wanted to throw out and update. Had first appointment with out patient pt today. She said everything is looking ok. I'll be four weeks out tomorrow. She said she usually doesn't see people until six weeks out. I'm at 93 degrees flexion. My extension is 10 degrees off. Just need to work on them and I'll be good! She put a heat pack on me today. I'd reccomend that to anyone. It felt amazing!
I hope she didn't put a heat pack on your knee! Heat will increase blood flow to your knee, which will, in turn, increase swelling - which you do not want. It's OK to use a heat pack on your thigh, but not on the knee itself.
Your flexion is good for 4 weeks out. The extension will improve slowly - it's not unusual for extension to take longer to achieve than flexion.
@Curiousnva all you need at this point is gentle stretching and leg lifts with NO weight. If you do have some nerve irritation weights will only make it worse.
Look up foot drop & peroneal nerve to see if your symptoms fit. Based on what you have described it sounds related to the block IMO.
If your peroneal nerve was upset during surgery it can take a long time to calm down. Also don't do leg presses with weights until you get it all figured out.
I pushed to hard early on in PT and it was an overall setback. Similar to you I was in good shape other than my left leg was a weak noodle prior to surgery and it took 6 weeks before I could easily climb stairs. So hang in there and let it heal.
For some reason, patience is always on backorder at Amazon. Keep taking it easy, curiousnva, you'll get there just fine. As long as that treadmill doesn't hurt, you should be fine, but make sure it is slow enough for you to pay attention to your gait. You mentioned earlier your calf was sore and suspected it was from the way you've been walking. The treadmill could make that worse instead of better (it has done that for me sometimes). If you suspect that may be the case, try just walking around the house for 5-6 minutes at a time, paying attention to your walking form. Be slow and deliberate and use any walking aid necessary to keep the proper form. If you have someone to watch you and notice any bad habits you've picked up, that could be helpful. I asked my PT to do it for me and got some useful advice.