7.5 weeks post TKR

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I have been doing well I thought. 100% straight and at 128 degrees at PT. No change in amount of exercises or movement but suddenly knee is extremely tight with very poor ability to bend. Only thing I can think is that I have been doing exercises in evening versus morning. Would that cause tightness if I went to bed after exercising? Pain in lower calf and inside knee. Would appreciate thoughts 

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    You are doing good! Why are you still doing PT at that degree?  I stopped at 120 degrees!
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    Hi Pat I am where you are at post op.I too have tight calf Mus lea and quads.I was told my walk because of pain caused this I walked flaring my foot out for 5 years which is why I pay now tight IT band and calf muscle

    Hope this helped

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    MY foot never flared out until after this surgery. The doctor puts you up on a block during the surgery, they rotated your pelvis. You need to go to a chiropractor and get your pelvis put into alignment and it may take several adjustments. This will also decrease your knee pain.
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    A TKR recovery is NOT a linear process.  There are advances, setbacks and plateaus...all part of the game.  I could go on and on, but I think a single visual tells it all...

    https://patient.info/forums/discuss/the-reality-of-a-tkr-recovery-in-one-picture-626038

    PS: Remember the oars for the boat part...

    PPS: The tightness/stiffness fades very gradually.  Can still feel it a bit 12-18 months or longer if you don't stay active.

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    Is it swollen Pat? Swelling and fluid could cause all of this as I am currently finding out. 
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    It most certainly is and when you think your on the up your knee gives you a gentle reminder that it’s not lol. 
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