- Jun 28, 2020
- United States
I had bilateral knee replacement on July 1st and just started having very painful leg cramps at night. Any advice?
Just an update for those who are apprehensive about gaining ROM:
It has now been 26 weeks and all I do is ADL and this is what my ROM has done:
3.5 wks: 75
6 wks: 85
7 wks: 90
10.5 wks: 95
14 wks: 100
17 wks: 105
20 weeks: 110
26 weeks (where I am today): 120!!!
I did it! My goal of 120! No "pushing through pain", no PT after the first 3 visits, and most importantly to me: No MUA! My surgeon who said I would never get beyond 85 ROM without pushing through pain was wrong, wrong, wrong. I'm excited to see if it gets even better.
I had an MUA yesterday. The TKR was 9 weeks ago today. Due to a skin infection, it was 2 weeks post-op before I was able to start PT and home exercising. I was not able to get the knee beyond 65 degrees on my own despite all best efforts. There was 'lots of popping & cracking', I was told, during the procedure - that's what I wanted to hear because I knew it was not my effort holding me back. The PA said the knee was bent to 135 but I suspect that was an estimate. Post-op was more significantly painful than I expected - not my knee but muscular pain in the thigh - but I was still able to put weight on that knee & walk with the walker instead of the cane that I was using. Pain med, anti-inflammatory & ice allowed me to be able to go home several hours later. I slept with the ice machine pads positioned on my thigh all night and now, the next day, the pain has decreased to the more normal soreness that I had expected. I went to PT this morning pretty stiff and of course it did not jump right up to 135 - but I was happy that it did not take long to hit a new high of 95 degrees with gentle movements and the bending effort had an entirely different feel to it. I'll need to work hard to maintain and hopefully improve on the 95 over this weekend and PT thinks I should be able to reach 110 on Monday. My surgeon suggested I might need the MUA pretty early on during my slow rehab but would not do it before progress stalled and I was at least 8 weeks post-op. This procedure may not be necessary for everyone just because of slower than desired progress, but when adhesions/scar tissue are likely the cause and you are unable to break through it/them ... well, I'm glad I had the procedure and really happy that all the noise the knee was making during the MUA confirmed it was necessary. Good luck with whichever way you proceed with your rehab!I am 6 weeks post bilateral knee replacement. My surgeon is doing a
MUA next week due to very little improvement in my flexion since the surgery. I have had PT all along. 1 knee is 90 degrees. The other is in the low 70’s. Has anyone had this done? What’s afterwards like?