First is the reading - everybody gets a free copy of the recovery reading! 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 elevate ice take your pain meds by prescription schedule (not when pain starts!) don't overwork.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 the BoneSmart view on exercise BoneSmart philosophy for sensible post op therapy5. At week 4 and after you should follow this Activity progression for TKRs 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 a 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 history before providing advice.