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Background reminder: Prior to TKR: after several injuries/scopes/surgery my knee had severe osteo in all three chambers and I could no longer bend it past 90 degrees. Was told I could hope for 100 or 110 degree bend after TKR. I am 47 years old
Five weeks after TKR - I am still making little progress! I am working so hard, faithfully doing my exercises and going to physio twice a week. Walking around the house, light house cleaning, making supper etc. (too icy outside right now to walk- live in Canada on a horse farm) All the other patients who had surgery the same week as me are finishing up physio. And I’m not progressing. My knee seems stuck. I’m not even at 80 degrees 😫And I try and try. Even have CPM machine at home still. Making it to 100 on that. My PT doesn’t understand.....said it just seems my knee won’t give. When she measured today - even tho with some exercises it looks like I’m progressing - my measurement was the same as two weeks ago. I cried. Again. I’m starting to feel helpless (and hopeless) and don’t know what else I can do but continue what I’m doing (which doesn’t seem to be working)!! I see my surgeon via tele conference on Tuesday and I hear he’s pretty tough - will just blame me for not working hard enough. Part of me wonders if something is wrong inside - were ligaments and tissues too tight and weren’t released or even looked at (seems like assembly line around here for knee replacements....surgeons come to town from bigger Centre and do them for two days straight). Do I develop scar tissue very quickly? Are my muscles too tight around knee? I have no idea how surgery went as surgeon didn’t come to see me later in the day and then traveled back home.
So this is where I’m at. It seems very bad to only have 73 degree bend at 5 weeks. Especially when everyone around me progressing well - even those whose surgery was two weeks after mine 🙈
Any experiences this bad? Any suggestions?
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