Almost 9 weeks

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graduated from physical therapy for flexibility, straight all above expectations but my knee feels stiff  very quickly, riding bike or marching helps, but discourage about that stiffness ...it feels like rubber band are restraining it, anybody experiencing that... What I do. Help .......Thanks

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    Hey Gabriella... Your still very, very early in your recovery. Stiffness is very common up to and through the first year. You may also notice stiffness by certain weather patterns ie.. Cold, damp or even dry weather. I try and stretch as much as possible before and after any exercise. Ibuprofen has seem to help me with stiffness. Also, sometimes I will take a hot shower which also seems to help in reducing my stiffness. Just remember your body has gone through a lot and it will take a long time to get back to "normal" so hang in there and know the stiffness is very common. I'm 6 months post TKR on my left knee and 3 weeks on my right. My left knee is so much better with every month passing. So again, hang in there and relief is just around the corner. Also, congrats on completing and doing a good job with PT. However, remember you should keep doing home PT for as long as needed. Good luck and take care.

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    Hate to break the bad news...

    That stiffness can last 12 to 18 months.  You're still a newbie @ 9 weeks.  I'm almost 11 months and still feel that tightness a bit.  This is a long, long road...

    Try some Voltaren Gel (RX in the US).  Excellent topical anti-inflammatory.

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      Thank you. I am just very anxious to be active again and back to work. I worked for Fedex, so I need to be almost 100 %, not to hurt myself again. Thank you for encouraging advice .
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    Send FedEx a copy of some of these comments.

    Then they might understand.

    Relax and be patient.

    Takes a while.

    Best wishes.

    Mike

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