I am at 3-1/2 and still have so much stiffness. My doctor said my knee still has a lot of swelling. I'm doing everything I can but how long does the stiffness usually last. It's making me walk with a limp.
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I've moved your post from the other thread about knee stiffness, so we can talk about your knee without sidetracking the other persons thread.
I'm afraid that knee stiffness is part and parcel of this year-long recovery. It's partly swelling and partly a few small adhesions sticking a few of your thigh muscles together.
This article explains a bit about it: "Tight band" feeling across the front of my knee
The stiffness will gradually go away, but it could take another month or two.
I'm going to give you our Recovery Guidelines and some useful articles 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:
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LJ55....We have the exact same surgery date, mine is the left also. I also have the tightness and also pain, especially if I overdo. Today for example after using ice and peddling for 8min. just to loosen up I'm out the door for a 30 min. drive to the library. Spent 3hr. there doing continuing ed. then back out to car. Visited restaurant then on to warehouse grocery. Very busy today I guess for Thanksgiving. Walked for 20min. or so then back to car and 30min. drive home. Iced as soon as I got home. Knee uncomfortable and hurts to walk. Icing again at 7pm. Oh, did I mention tylenol and advil all day? If I stay home and do minimal housework, cooking I'm ok but any extra sets my knee off. The thing that bothers me most is standing for an extended time, 10 plus min. causes pain everytime. My right knee is bone on bone and needs to be replaced too. I just can't right now, just cant......
So I'm right there with you, seeing improvement just at a snails pace, a disabled snail. Hope your stiffness resolves soon, hope your pain level is good this week too.
I'm at 6 months post-op right TKR, and like @Jockette , it's taken MONTHS for me to be able to stand still any length of time. I'd much rather be moving in any direction rather than stand still. It's gotten better each month, but at a snail's pace for sure. I also still get lots of swelling/inflammation from too much activity, so I have to plan my days, especially if I want to exercise at all. I'm just now able to do a gym workout with weights and be able to walk normally the next morning.
I know some people bounce back and have little stiffness/swelling after 3 months or so, but my surgeon says those people are NOT the norm. Granted, I'd had 7 previous surgeries on this knee, one of which was brutal, so he said to expect a FULL 12 months for normalcy and not to be discouraged if I needed 15-18 months. We know my body loves to swell and retain that swelling, and it's happened after most of my previous knee surgeries, even the easier ones. So yeah, I continually have to remind myself to be patient. Some days I do a better job than others.
I had three TKR revisions and less than seven months. The last revision was June 2019 here it is seven months later especially when I get up in the morning I still get some type of stiffness, but once I start moving the stiffness goes away and I'm good for the rest of the day. Each week or month goes by my stiffness gets less and less.
My OS prescribed ultrasound on the tendon and no exercises. I really doubted it would help, but it did. I was thrilled. If and when it flares up again I will buy an ultrasound machine from Amazon and do it myself since I saw what the PT did.
You'll notice that I have merged your two threads together as we prefer that members in recovery only have one thread.
This is for three reasons:
1. if you keep starting new threads, you miss the posts others have left you in the old threads
2. it often ends up that information is unnecessarily repeated
3. it's best if we can keep all your recovery story in one place so it's easily accessed if we need to advise you.
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