I had TKR 3 days ago and finding exercises hard if not impossible

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Finding it so hard to do simple lifting of knee exercises. Had my total knee replacement 3 days ago and was pretty good at exercises with physiotherapist. However I came home after 24 hours and am finding the same simple exercises impossible. Pain is not too bad 


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    Hi Heather,

    Yes, it is so much easier when we have been in bed resting.

    Perhaps you will elevate that knee above your heart and pack it in ice.

    It is excessive swelling that is making movement difficult.

    kind regards


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    very good your doing them. it's not unusual to have great difficulty doing exercises at the very beginning. it sounds like you had a bit of assistance and now your discovering your leg is like lead. very normal. your stiff swollen. if you read your paper you don't have to lift the leg that high. let your pain be your guide. you lift as high as you can in the first few weeks. if that's an inch then do that. the important thing here is to keep motivated. take meds for pain if needed.

    you will improve.

    my first tkr was 1½. years ago. and i was pushed by a lot of people to work hard to exercise. then when i went to phsio she told me it was to much and i needed to slow down.

    i just had my second one done 11days ago. i've had poor pain control so am just starting exercises.

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