8 weeks post op and dull back ache!

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Hi I'm 8 weeks post op of TKR and doing well although my back is really aching and I have that stiffness behind the knee.  I'm managing about 4 hours sleep before waking up, usually because I've moved to a position that my knee doesn't like. It is getting easier and I can now walk without a stick mostly. Why is my back such a problem?  Is it because I've been lopsided for so long I wonder?  If so, what should I do to strengthen my back?  Thanks all!  I love this forum it's so helpful. X

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    Elaine, do you have an upright exercise bike?  If you have, then I'd suggest using it without holding on the bars (but don't fall off!).  You tend to use your core muscles more then but it's not too challenging.  My leg length is longer than it was (over 2 cm) on the operated knee because it was bowing out quite badly before the op and is now straight, so I'm thinking that might be causing mild backache at times.  It all affects the hip and spine, doesn't it.

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      I was using two sticks at one time because of knees and core muscles really suffered, so gradually I cut down to one stick and then none and just struggled to walk at all instead, but I did start using the upright bike as I said and that did make a difference.  But as Marilyn said, stretching is relevant too - I sometimes feel a tight feeling in upper thigh and back and hadn't thought about stretching!:-)))

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    I started experiencing low back pain after I started walking more. I think it was because I was still walking "funny", that is, not walking correctly because of either pain or stiffness in my knees. I told my PT and she had me look at myself walking in a mirror and helped me correct my walk.

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    STRETCH!!!! Will help like crazy. Hamstring, adductor, abductor, quadriceps google and find one that works good for you. I have had no back pain post op bilateral pkr nov 16 . I stretch every day. All those knee muscles are attached to the hips!!

    Good luck

    :D

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    Hi Elaine

    The only way is up!

    You are on the home strait. The back is because your gait has, once again, changed. It will take a while for you to even up. If you want to kick start that maybe see a Chiropractor who will make sure your hips are even & do any adjustments to keep your spine in alignment.

    I saw my Chiropractor today, complaining of a bad shoulder & she told me that as I was now hobbling on the OTHER leg my spine was slightly out of alignment, which also caused problems with my shoulder! Who'd a thunk it!!

    Anyway as I said you are getting there.

    Well done you & worry not.

    Marilyn

    XX

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      Talking of that Marilyn, has anyone else noticed their operated leg is longer than it was?  I'd got a curvature of the spine because the arthritis had bowed and shortened the leg that's just been done, and was told to raise my shoes on that side by 2cm gradually but as quickly as was feasible.  Now, that leg is longer than the other leg.  So wearing both shoes at the same level but not doing anything with the raised ones until the other leg is done because who knows how they'll end up LOL!

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      Hi Chris

      Yes I have noticed the right leg is longer, only slightly, as it was shorter before I think ... bonus.

      Maybe when I get the other one done I'll be taller!!! At 5ft 3 I could do with a little more height!! Lol never thought of TKR as a way of boosting height lol

      Marilyn

      XX

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      Yes I might take a trip back to see my physio. Gait has changed, and also being in that twisted position climbing stairs as only going up and down like a toddler! Can't e doing me much good.  I truly had forgotten what a blooming awful journey this is.  I do seem to remember a back ache when I had the other one done two years ago, but had forgotten eveyrthing' 

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      I will be glad to get rid of long pants,I hate the feeling of the fabric on my knee. I keep trying to toughen up the scare but not doing to well on that. I look kind of funny running around with one pants leg rolled up over the knee and the other down!!  But I have been known to do that several times recently..
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      You are right on that...everyone said  tkr will be easy compared to child birth...well I had two children without meds and at least the pain was over once the baby was out! With this knee who knows how long this hell will last...LOL
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      Yep, childbirth is over & done with once baby is delivered! I had 3 with gas & air for the last (that was strange though, the g&a!!)

      What trojans we all are for going through this!

      Take care

      Marilyn

      XX

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      Only just got these through because of connection problems but tears of laughter now.  I haven't actually gone out (but have answered the door!) with one leg rolled up LOL!

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