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I had TKR on February 3, 2021. I am a 69 year old male. I am about 9 weeks out. Flex is 130 + and I am minus 1 degree from straight.
My concern is the snapping and popping that is coming from my new knee. The upper outside front of my knee pops as though a tendon is caught and then releases during any kind of squatting exercise such as sitting and rising from a chair repetitively. When I walk a few miles my knee starts out clicking and popping at least three times with every step. Sometimes it eases up as I continue and sometimes it does not.
I can’t say it is extremely painful but definitely annoying and the nerves in my knee get grumpy.
Has anyone else experienced this and if so were you able to get it resolved?
Thank You
 

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Hello @Trilogy - and :welome:

Having a knee that makes noises is very common after joint replacement. As long as it doesn't hurt, it's nothing to worry about.
As your knee heals and the ligaments and muscles heal and tighten up, the noise will gradually decrease.

This article explains:
Clicking/clunking knee joint after surgery

Here are our recovery guidelines, to help you with recovery:
Knee Recovery: The Guidelines

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.

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. 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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Your recovery is going very well and your Range of Motion (ROM) is excellent.
Take care you don't expect too much of your new knee at this stage - it's all too easy to overdo things when you're doing well.

This is a year-long recovery, a marathon not a sprint, so there's no need to rush anything.

By the way, which knee is it?
 
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Thank you for your response. It is my left knee. I suppose I am having trouble deciding if the popping is painful or just uncomfortable. My knee does end up aching after an exercise session where I work through the snapping and popping. It is possible that I am doing too much.
 

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The upper outside front of my knee pops as though a tendon is caught and then releases during any kind of squatting exercise such as sitting and rising from a chair repetitively. When I walk a few miles my knee starts out clicking and popping at least three times with every step.
My knee does end up aching after an exercise session where I work through the snapping and popping. It is possible that I am doing too much.
You could consider cutting back on this much activity. It could be that your knee is not healed enough yet for this amount. Sitting and rising from a chair, as an exercise, is not necessary, most likely you do enough of that every day anyway. Squatting too early puts a lot of stress on a new knee. Walking a few miles could be too much at this early stage.

Recovery takes an average of a year, so give your knee a rest, then gradually add shorter walks back in. Walking is very good but not to excess yet.
 

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