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Last pt visit my knee was able to bend 110, but the exercises they put me through left me so sore and swollen that I had to have two days to just rest up. Last night I was able to bend a bit over 90 because of the stiffness. I figure I know how to strengthn the quads and can do so within my particular limits so that I don't have these set-backs. This is the second pt clinic I have been too and they've been great. But I think these young therapiists in their 2o's can't appreciate the limits of someone in their 60's who has RA to also contend with. If need be I can have my husband help push extra degrees with me when I am going for more ROM. I also want to go back to our fitness club and use the therapy pool. I'm looking forward to not being sore all the time and waking up at night in pain. I have voltaren gel but it can only do so much. I don't know if my husband can do what is needed when I complain about it hurting, but he has offered to help. I also want to get this knee fully healed because I have the other one that will need TKR in a year or so. It bothers me that I hear so many talk about pain, swelling, and stiffness even after 6 months. I feel very fortunate that I don't have a job I have to go back to and be on my feet all day like some. TKRs are definately something to put off till you are retired, if at all possible.
Thought I would check in with some of you TKR people and see if you felt the same and did okay working the rest of the bend on your own, because I sure don't want to settle for less ROM than I should have.
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