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TKR Shopping therapy too soon after rtkr(9/11/20)

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Thanks for the information on the tight bands. It seems odd that my surgeon claims he has never heard anyone describe them before. Also the PT seems to think they are unusual. But I know there are far more people here that have experienced them.

I never had pain in the back of my thigh above the knee after surgery but I am experiencing it now and when I got my bike out to ride it, there is significant pain in that area. They rest of the knee and surrounding area has no pain. I did fall going upstairs 3 weeks ago. I went to the surgeon and he checked it all out and took xrays. No damage, just soft tissue sprain. Perhaps this pain is from the fall. It just felt like I tried to bend it farther than my rom when I fell. My current rom is is 110. It had been 120 when I was going to PT.

Is there anything besides icing that I can do to stop the pain in the back of my leg? Should I take it easy and wait for healing before I try riding the bike again or do I need to stretch out my hamstring? I am just about 8 months since my knee replacement.
 

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I’m sorry you fell recently. You might have some swelling which has reduced your ROM a bit, and you may still be sore from that fall. Sometimes it can take much longer than we expect, to recover from an injury.

Are you taking any pain relievers for this pain? That would probably help. I would also take it easy for a while until things settle down.
 
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I have not been taking pain relievers as I have kidney and liver issues so don't want to make them worse. Also. I was told by ortho if you mask the pain you may push your knee too hard and prolong the recovery.
 

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Hi ~ I had surgery recently for broken femur, the break just above TKR from 4 years ago, and my thigh is often stiff and painful when I walk (not painful enough to take narcotic pain med). My p.t. has me putting heat on my thigh alternating with cold, depending on the situation. I will put a hot pack under my thigh and a cold pack on top if I've been standing or walking a lot, possibly causing inflammation.
Recently I've started taking 2 extra strength Tylenols, twice a day (sometimes just at bedtime).
 

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Also. I was told by ortho if you mask the pain you may push your knee too hard and prolong the recovery.
That's wise advice when it comes to PT, but there's no need to spend the rest of your day in pain.

I have not been taking pain relievers as I have kidney and liver issues so don't want to make them worse.
You're wise to be thinking of this, but I'm sure your own doctor can suggest how much pain relief and what sort of medication it would be safe for you to take.
 

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After my RTKR in June 2019, I experienced the usual stuff during my recovery: pain, stiffness, trouble sleeping, the blues, etc. But, I did my gentle home PT, iced, rested, and accepted pampering from my loved ones. One of my most fun things to do is to dance to the live music played by my son-in-law's band. By mid-September 2019 (3 months post-op) I was walking without a cane and I thought I was ready for dancing. I WAS WRONG! Even though I "gently" danced to only 2 songs, I woke up the next day with a throbbing, swollen, achy knee. Rest, elevation, and ice got my knee under control. I was really worried that I'd set back my recovery by dancing to those 2 songs. And, yet, I so NEEDED the joy and release that dancing brings me mentally.
Fast-forward 2 years and I am now just 3-weeks post-op from my LTKR. Because of COVID, my next chance to enjoy my son-in-law's band won't be until early August. I will learn from my RTKR and I will not go out on the dance floor. Instead, my chair will be my dance floor.
 

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Right, Monarch! Time and patience wins the race. In a year’s time you’ll be able to jitterbug :dancy:
 
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