Back pain after total knee replacement

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I am three weeks post op from a right total knee replacement.

My knee is nowhere near straight and the pain is not subsiding. I am walking on one stick inside the house but have terrible lower back pain, something I didn't have before the op.

Has anyone else had this issue?

Thanks in advance.

Carol

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    Yes had bad back pain after op but not immediately . At three weeks your pain will be bad, mine didnt improve untill 7-8 weeks . All quite normal

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    Yes had bad back pain after op but not immediately . At three weeks your pain will be bad, mine didnt improve untill 7-8 weeks . All quite normal

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    I had TKR 7 years ago. It was a long and hard recovery period but I can't recall actually getting any back pain.

    I assume you are having physiotherapy?

    Hang in there it does get better with time.

    Take care and keep in touch.

    Sarah xx

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      Hi Sarah,

      Had the first session last week, another tomorrow.

      It's been harder than I imagined but only 3 weeks post op so maybe I am expecting too much.

      Many thanks for replying.

      carol xx

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    Perhaps, inside the house, you still need to use your crutches. I used my crutches for six weeks, inside and outside, although I would let one crutch dangle while I carried a cup of tea from the kitchen through to my lounge after around three weeks.

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    Early days! Back pain could be caused by lack of exercise. You could try gentle chair Pilates. I am 8 months post op and can just about get around indoors using a Walker. It will get better in time. I'm afraid Surgeons seem to have an inflated optimism about recovery times as I have found out.

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      Hello James

      thank you for the reply. Yes, i think you are right. There seems so much pressure to be back to 'normal' certainly from the hospital physio's.

      I hope you recovery continues. all the best carol x

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      Thank you Carol, I was discharged after three days, completely unable to walk. It took me half an hour to get from the car to my front door and 1½ hours to get upstairs. I can only put a little weight on the leg, but it is improving. It seem a bit of a conveyor belt system for the operation and not enough after care. I wish you a speedy recovery . x

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      Really sorry to hear that. I'm guessing that post operative care varies from one health authority to another. I was taught how to use crutches to go up and downstairs before I had my operation and had to demonstrate to the physiotherapist that I could do so before I could go home. James, I hope you see some improvement very soon. Good luck.

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