How long is my knee going to be so stiff I do my exercises daily and my leg feels so heavy and stiff

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Like moving it feels so bad to me. Ice has become my best friend but seems to mke my knee more stiff but feels so good to me.

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    When did you have your operation, mine was nearly  7 months ago I found every week I was making an improvement, like you I was addicted to ice haha, and it was nearly 4 months before I stopped using it, I exercised and still do I've now joined a gym, still have days where it's not feeling at its best, but in general it's changed my life from being constantly in pain and limping, it's a long road but keep icing elevating and exercising and your get there

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    Could take a year to 18 months resolve.  Most peole feel a big difference in the 6-12 month range...some longer.  Same thing with the clicking sound.  Everyone gets individual results.  Gotts do the gym work to rebuild the quads, glutes and core.  No way around that; it doesn't get better by itself.

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    It took me about nine months before my TKR began to swell less as the day progressed. For complete recovery, I would say one year.

    Just keep the elevation, ice, rest, and strengthening exercises going...

    You are progressing nicely!

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    Do the exercises in a hot bath, it helps. If the knee is still hot it's still healing

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    Hi Cera!

    My TKRs were June and October of 2015, and I have some days where stiffness just is a given. Often it is colder days, times when I'm in air conditioning and/ or days when it rains or snows.

    Generally if I keep stretching throughout the day and even during the night, I can keep a lot of the stiffness at bay.

    Moving is good.

    Sitting or just standing in one place for too long renders me quite stiff.

    A warm shower helps.

    Putting an afghan or my coat on my knees in the car or even in the theater helps.

    Ibuprofen helps.

    I have arthritis in my hips, fingers, elbows, ankles, shoulders, and in my lower back. Moving frequently helps with all of these NON-REPLACED joints.

    Hope this helps.

    I hope you will be feeling better soon!😊

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