90 degree bend?

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Something I wanted to ask . .whenp eople say they have a 90 degree bend, or 110 . . is that the maximum bend when pushing the knee, or the angle at which the knee rests naturally?  if I sit on the edge of the bed and let my lower leg hang, then the angle is only about 75 - 80, but i can push it back to 90 without much pain.  any more and it's agony . . . 

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    Then your bend is 90Mine was checked yesterday and it was 105 and with assistance 110 so as 110 isnt causing pain the bend is 110. I was discharged from physio with instructions to continue with exercises
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    How long ago was your surgery?
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      I am 3 weeks and 3 days, I am at 86° and though I was doing terrible. My doctor told me I should be at 90° at 2 weeks. I had severe swelling and had to wear a compression bandage and a leg immobilizer for a week. Then I twisted my knee on the ice. I was so frustrated at myself because I felt like I was doing bad..hearing that you are a couple days ahead of me and just reached 90° makes me feel better! I went dancing last night, well if you can call it dancing. I was scared that I would wake up in pain, but my knee feels great today!
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      Actually, I just figured it out..I am 4 weeks 2 days..surgery was January 8, I am assuming yours was around that time.
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      I had problems to begin with . .acute anaemia which sapped my desire to fight, enormous swelling of the lower leg for the first week . .but my specialist seems to think I should be tripping the light fantastic by now, and says I'm not doing at all well, and will be back in surgery unless I do better . One thing I do know. . whatever my knee ends up like, I am NOT going back into surgery!!!!. 
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      By 'back in surgery' does he mean mobilization under anesthesia? I just had my knee mobilized on Friday and the difference is amazing. I'm not going to say it doesn't hurt, but I got it to 127 today under my own steam!!!! I had it forced to 105 before the surgeon decided to intervene, and that was so incredibly painful. If that's what he wants to do, I'd go for it.
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    I've seen different therapists do it a little different. Mine has me put my foot flat on the table, put a long strap around my shin and pull till I break into a full sweat and start swearing. Others have you sit on a high table, grab the bad leg with the back of the good leg and pill as hard as you can. But its always under your own pressure.
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      that was the method used 10 years ago the 1st time I went through this.......the last 2 times I supply the pull. The 1st time I went through therapy I would lay on my stomach and the therapist grabbed my shin and tried to hit me in the back of the head with my heal. They don't use that anymore
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      Im semi sitting up. I put several pillows behind my back. Then straighten the good leg, bend the bad leg and use either the strap or a towel around the shin/ankle. When you start pulling on your leg with the strap it will pull the leg back toward you and at the same time pull you into more of an upright position. Hope this helps. I can see why the original instructions were confusing. You definitely can't do it laying done
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      Martin, I can feel your concern. A suggestion..........back off the heavy excercise. Start with pain meds, then just excercise up to but not into pain. Only do one set per day. Ice and elevate. Drink water almost to the point of feeling like you are overdoing it. Try and get some fresh fruit and veggies in your system and just rest. Don't push yourself into anything for a period till you feel like you are getting on top of it. I feel too often the therapist give unreasonable demands and people can't function to that level and get upset and frustrated. Let your body guide you but don't completely stop moving. Best wishes.
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      Sorry Martin but once a day isnt enough. The muscles need to get back into working order, Regular painkillers 1 hour before excercise so thats 4 times a day then ice after. Make an appointment with your physio and take their advice as there may be something in your medical history that changes this. As well as TKR 18+ weeks Im RGN so have dealt with patients who have had elective surgery
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      To each his own but never did I ever do 3 x's a day. You absolutely have to give the body time to heal especially when things haven't been going well and the mind needs to have time to readjust. I just don't feel this is a horse race and if it takes a little longer, so be it. Better that than become disillousioned and give up
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