Getting knee straight after TKR 7 weeks post op.

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I just got back from my therapy and the knee bend is getting better 115 but I am still unable to get my knee straight. This is getting very frustrating. Any suggestions?

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    I'm 9 weeks and cannot get mine completely straight either, when i am sitting I straighten leg and tense thigh muscles and hold for ten/15 secs longer if i can and keep doing this. I push back of knee into seat or bed whereever i am. it seems to be getting better. I had my post op check last week and consultant was happy with me, I have 125+ bend (which has only come in last eeks, it just got better ll of a sudden)  and he said to keep trying to straighten it as it would. come. Be patient, it wll come xx
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    Hi Suzanne,

    Just keep working on the exercises they give you, I do the rolled up towel

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    One exercise I did with or was to take a canvas shopping bag with 3 cans of veggies - loop in on my ankle and prop my foot into a coffee table. The weight of the bag would straighten my knee/leg. I had improvement each week. Try this.
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    I did something similar to Mary Ann.  I put a five pound weight in a small plastic bag and looped it over my foot, hanging it from the area just above the scar.  Then I extended my leg with my foot on another chair.  The goal was to keep that position as long as possible and let gravity do the work.  Much less painful than pushing down on the leg.
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    Hi Suzanne, not been for physio yet, as only 12 days post surgery, so on this occasion sorry can't help. On the plus side the bend seems pretty good, you sound determined to get flexion, just remember baby steps, good luck
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    Hi Suzanne I am also 7 weeks po and have the same problem I have been putting my foot up on a rolled up towel and letting the knee drop and hold for as long as possible have been told to do this as often as possible it is frustrating especially as I didn't have this problem with the first knee
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