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TKR One week after

Songman1231

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Had a total knee replacement week ago. Dr. Bryant from SCOR Orthopedic where I live did an excellent job. Recovery is going good so far. I think some of that is due to staying in good physical condition. At almost 70 I was going to the gym 3 -4 times a week before I ended up with bursitis and the option for me was the knee surgery. The only thing I feel would have helped more would have been to stretch my hamstrings regularly at the gym. If you are active like I was I found that at the first couple of therapy sessions that has been one of the more painful parts of it.
 

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Hi and Welcome!

Keep in mind that yes, movement is important to keep your new joint mobile, but PT shouldn’t be painful to accomplish that. Your knee has been through a major surgery that caused a lot of trauma to your body. It needs to heal first before you get back to your regular active life.


I will leave you our Recovery Guidelines. Each article is short but very informative. Following these guidelines will help you have a less painful recovery.

Especially read Number 4, about our guidelines for PT.

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. At week 4 and after you should 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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The best therapy you can do for your knee is just walking around. But, this early in your recovery it'd be very easy to overdo that. Let your knee be your boss. If something hurts it, then your knee is not healed enough to be doing that particular action. Wait a week or so then try it again. If it doesn't hurt, then great, your knee is ready for it. Be sure and check out the articles jockette left for you. They are extremely helpful in this recovery.
 

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Hello @Songman1231 - 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? Thank you.:flwrysmile:
 

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