3 weeks post op TKR - calf pain - is heat ok?

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I'm just 3 weeks post surgery for a TKR and my calf is constantly aching - I've been told ice is what should always be used, but I feel this pain needs warmth ... can anyone tell me if it would be ok to pop a heat pack on my calf? TIA smile

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    My therapist says never, never use heat. Its what it does to the early healing process, blood pooling and tissue damage. I agree, it sounds good but it like putting a pillow under your knee and letting your leg hang over, it is not good for the positive outcome.
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    If your calf is aching and especially if you have ankle puffiness see your Doc. Deep vien thromboses are possible from any leg surgery. A friend of mine had the same pain and had a dvt.

    PS.  heat or cold I don't know but no massage he was told.

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      Thanks FS, I've been cleared of DVT - had a special sort of ultrasound last week, so hoping that's still the case ... no massage either, huh? Damn, more meds then - hate feeling like a zombie sad

       

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      I wonder if you could use a deep muscle rub cream. I used one on the underside of my knee, because I was in tears from how tight and painful it was. I did do some light massaging, but nothing much.
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      Hi Moandrieu

      I hadn't thought of that, dah! Silly me!

      I'll try it now!

      Thanks for that, and yep, I sure do understand the tears over the tightness and pan ...

      Cheers,

      Lindy from Oz

      TKR - 27.5.15

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    I have just read all of the comments below, I was told I could use heat behind the knee. I often have a heat pack under and ice on top. I would therefore assume that for calf muscle pain you could use some heat. I would check with your surgeon or physio.
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