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[THR] Knee pain operative side

Discussion in 'Hip Replacement Recovery Area' started by breezing, Feb 11, 2019 at 1:49 PM.

  1. breezing

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    I had my left hip replacement on January 17th, 2019. I am feeling great and am up and about making short journeys without crutches. I have a sense of something invasive in my operated hip area which I imagine is normal given the circumstances. It varies from tpainfree to an uncomfortable twinge. This isn't my main difficulty though. My left knee is very painful. It is bruised all around and behind without having sustained any knocks. I have had a cough recently and each cough has resulted in severe jarring knee pain. I am waking with knee pain. The hip is fine in comparison. Any ideas or comparable experiences. I'm not sure if I should be worrying or if this is just part of the process.
    Thanks :)
     
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    Welcome to BoneSmart and Recovery :welome: Thanks for joining us!
    Congratulations on your new hip. Your knee pain is a very common complaint. Often the knee is maneuvered
    in an aggressive manner in an effort to disclocate your hip during surgery. Ice your knee right along with your hip if you're not already. It should help and the pain and bruising will gradually ease. My bruising and discomfort didn't show up until 17 days post op, so I can sympathize.

    Read the Recovery Guidelines thoroughly. You'll find a lot of useful info.
    Stop back often, we'd love to support you as you're healing.
    Wishing you comfort and a restful evening!

    Hip 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
    elevate
    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
    BoneSmart philosophy for sensible post op therapy
    5. At week 4 and after you should follow this
    Activity progression for THRs
    6. Access to these pages on the website
    Oral And Intravenous Pain Medications
    Wound Care In Hospital

    Pain management and the pain chart
    Healing: how long does it take?
    Chart representation of THR recovery

    Dislocation risk and 90 degree rule
    Energy drain for THRs
    Pain and swelling control: elevation is the key

    Post op blues is a reality - be prepared for it

    Myth busting: on getting addicted to pain meds
    Sleep deprivation is pretty much inevitable - but what causes it?

    BIG TIP: Hips actually don't need any exercise to get better. They do a pretty good job of it all on their own if given half a chance. Trouble is, people don't give them a chance and end up with all sorts of aches and pains and sore spots. All they need is the best therapy which is walking and even then not to excess.

    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. @breezing
     
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    Thanks a lot. It's a comfort to know someone with knowledge and experience is responding. I'll get the frozen peas going :)
     
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    You're welcome! In case you don't get to the article on ICING right away,
    the forum Nurse Director, Josephine, recommends icing for no less than 40-60 mins each time you ice.
    Target several times daily and hopefully you'll feel better soon.
    @breezing
     
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    Knee pain is very common. When I started walking any distance my knee hurt more than anything. It would feel like a burning and aching just above the knee cap. If you research the muscle groups in your leg you'll see how they terminate at the knee. They're just upset and that is where they've directed the pain.
     
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    I had the knee pain as well, starting around week 3. Mine was above the knee cap, and to the outside, as well as behind the knee. It lasted, even worsening until about 2 months.

    While not excruciating, the fact I had it at all really worried me. I was afraid my knee was going out, or there was something wrong with my back. I iced and used tylenol regularly.

    What was so weird, is that one day around 4 months out, I realized I no longer had it.....not even sure when it left ---(sometime between 2 and 4 months obviously:))

    I would say given how early you are in your recovery, it is perfectly normal, and probably just reminding you to be sure you are resting and icing.( And as Eman85 said, as you increase your walking, the pain may increase as well.)

    Overall, it sounds like you are doing great!:flwrysmile:
     
  7. breezing

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    Thank you for sharing everyone. It's a great support group. :friends:
     
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