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I am 17 weeks post op bilateral knee replacements and was doing PT consistently 3 times a week. It's been a rough road and although I haven't ever had depression this process has really messed with my mind. The pain, the time commitment to exercise with such tiny improvements, feeling slow and broken - it all took a toll on my spirits. Last week my surgeon and I agreed it was time to schedule manual manipulation under anesthesia. I was very nervous about the procedure but it was quick and the pain after was minimal. My surgeon said its now up to me because he has done all he can. The results were great and I am now walking well, doing stairs without a cane and feeling my age not 40 years older. I had pt the next day and scheduled 2 more sessions this week. Prior to this there was no way I could have done 3 appointments in a row due to pain and swelling. I am a little sore but nothing compared to how I felt just a week ago. I have slept with a small pillow between my knees since January. This morning I woke up and realized I didn't use my little pillow at all. I slept great (still on some meds) but no tossing and turning. Woo Hoo! Life is starting to feel normal. I am fully committed to getting both knees completely straight and although pt said their goal is 120 flexion my goal is 125 or better.
If if you feel blocked and your pt is not driving results I recommend you meet with your surgeon to talk about options. I also decided to only work with the physical therapist that really pushes me and tries new exercises. The other girl was really nice but I had to go with my gut. This journey has been the toughest thing I have ever had to face. I finally see light at the end of the tunnel. I'm hoping my story will give you a little more strength to get through yours. Good luck.
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