I'm 4.5 weeks out of surgery and have had a difficult recovery. My knee is super tight and swollen and bending has been painful to the point my BP drops low and I would pass out. I am no wimp, borne my children without help and had other ops and conditions with rarely ever a pain med. But the pain has been intense neuropathic pain from this and I have not felt well on the meds, though they do not remove all pain. I have had my knee checked and deemed OK.
Before surgery I could not straighten or lift my leg, now it is straight and I can lift and the bend is the problem instead.I was told that the worse your leg is before will take longer to achieve results after. I regret having this done at present although before was bad, I could live a life with it. Maybe this will change with time, presently one step fwd and 2 back.
The last few years have been tough and this I think was too much on top of other illness, a head injury and stressful events.
From my research, there are different schools of thought re knee recovery - the aggressive approach and the more gentle and there seems to be pros and cons. Too aggressive an approach where you have extreme pain can hold back healing or cause further injury, even manipulation under anaesthesia has to be done with skill or damage to bones can result. You need to trust the person doing your physio and perhaps find another if it does not work out.
We are all different and having worked in health most of my life, I know that professionals also have different levels of skills and abilities too.
Good luck and I hope you manage to get the right support to move forward with your healing (myself too) and on the plus side, many ppl have found they continue to improve over months after surgery - it is not all linear with healing. Some knee patients can go line dancing in mere weeks, but mostly it is a slow journey. 5
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