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PKR Posterior pain with stiffness

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I had my PKR 9/17/20...recovery went really well until Jan (aprox 4 months out)...I started having posterior pain (similiar in nature to a baker cyst pain), stiffness after sitting, pain with extension and initial weight bearing following sitting. I am able to stand without pain, walk miles without pain, flex and extend without pain except when I sit and then stand. AHHHHHH....has anyone else had a similar issue?
I continue to use Celebrex daily but this is not taking care of this annoying pain, stiffness with standing, etc. I have nearly zero pain or sensation in the PKR...that crunch is all gone. This is totally different.
 
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Partial knee replacement Sept. 17, 2020

Left Medial side

suffering with stiffness and posterior knee pain
 

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@shelcran - you will see that I have moved your post from the February Valentines2021 surgery group thread to your own thread.

Did you not know where to post?

Please post any updates or questions about your recovery in this thread, which is your own thread. We will see them there, as someone checks all the new posts every day.
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To answer your questions:

Did you realise that recovery from a knee replacement can take as long as a full year, sometimes even 18 months.

Even though it's been 5+ months since your surgery, your knee isn't completely healed yet.

Getting up from sitting down and feeling pain when standing are quite common things. Your knee is letting you know that it is still healing and something has upset it.

You say that you have been walking for miles without pain. That's quite a long way. Can you think of anything extra that might have irritated your healing knee?

Meanwhile, I suggest you cut back your activity for a few weeks and spend some time resting, elevating your nee, and icing the back of your knee, where it hurts.

There are articles about elevating and icing in the recovery guidelines which I will give you in my next post.
 

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And here are the promised 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.

People are all different, as are the approaches to this recovery and rehab. The key is, “Find what works for YOU.“ Your doctor(s), physiotherapist(s) and BoneSmart are here to help, but you are the final judge as to the recovery approach you choose.
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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Hi and :welome: to BoneSmart @shelcran! :flwrysmile: My knee never hurt WHEN I was doing too much, it always showed up as pain, swelling, or both the next day. I agree with Celle, take some time to rest and ice that knee and see if it improves.
 
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Appreciate the comments. Yes, I am aware of the length of time it can take to fully heal. I’m sure I’m impatient at nearly 6 months..I do rest, ice, etc. with success until I get up to move around. I have zero pain sitting, bending or extending. As I mentioned I can easily walk 3-5 miles with absolutely no pain, can golf, practice yoga, swim, bike . etc until I sit down for longer than 5 min. I do have a history of a bakers cyst behind that joint so was fearful it was blowing up again. Thanks
 

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