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TKR Infrared Light Therapy

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I am 8 weeks post TKR and developed a painful problem, on the outside of my knee. My dr told me it was scar tissue and gave me a cortisone shot directly where “the catch” is located. He also told me to keep moving it and apply deep massage to try and help break it up. I asked about infrared light therapy. He said that it should also help, but some of the things I’ve read said NOT to use it on a metal implant. I’m currently trying to find more information about it. Oh, and I just started using a TENS unit a couple of times a day. Not sure if I like it, or if it’s helping yet.

Does anyone else have info about Infrared Light Therapy for TKR?
 

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BCBSM - My surgeon didn't discuss cortisone, infrared light therapy (or MUA) as possible solutions. I'm having an arthroscopy procedure, which is significantly less traumatic than the original TKR and I guess it just seems like a good idea to go in and actually visualize what is going on in there. So I'm feeling OK about the added procedure.
 
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Does anyone know if this helps with the healing process / discomfort ? I was ready to purchase a pad and then read it’s not recommended to be used around knee implants.
 

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I would ask your doctor but if it says not recommended I wouldn’t use it.
 

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@BCBSM I don't think you should use this if it is not recommended around implants. What you might want to investigate is a TENs machine. Many of our members use these both before and after surgery. Here's an article from our Library on TENs use.
 

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Hello @BCBSM - and :welome:

Please will you tell us the full date of your knee replacement and which knee it is, so we can make a signature for you? Knowing the exact date will help us to advise you appropriately in the future.
Thank you.:flwrysmile:

I don't think you should use infra-red therapy on your knee. Applying anything that causes heat will likely make your knee swell more, which you don't want.

Here are the recovery guidelines
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. Try to follow this

6. Access to 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 the 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 the member’s history before providing advice, so please post any updates or questions you have right here in this thread.
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