- Aug 5, 2016
- United States
I am 4 weeks post open, TKA. I did not expect this to be so difficult. I've had quite a few different surgeries, and recouped quickly. My knee feels like I have a thousand rubber bands wrapped around it. Stiff and swollen always. Besides the first five days, I feel no progress. How in the heck can I bend my knee If it's swollen by an inch, and painful to bend? Therapist says I have to push past the pain, expect it, and deal with it. I'm taking Tylenol 3, can't tolerate stronger. Being a nurse, I don't believe that pain concept. I'm tired of being cooped up, getting depressed. While my pre-surgery knee didn't work, I wasn't in pain per say. Please, tell me it gets better.....or is there something else I can do? I can flex assisted about 95......But I go through the wall. I try at home, but land up giving up due to pain.