I want Physio and I intend to get it from the NHS!!!!!

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gosh does that sound defiant!!!!!!!

For those of you I haven't bored to death I had a TKR 8 weeks ago and then an MUA 1 week ago.   Due to an intolerance to the prescribed drugs my TKR leg seized up & left me with a bend of 10 and although it improved after the MUA (on the day) I left hospital with 70.  I still havent had any physio input - just the CPM machine after the MUA.

Everything I read on here says how vital Physio is - I am trying to do it on my own but am I doing it right?   I have read about soft tissue manipulation and went to that today - I now have increased my bend by 30 and without pain.   I have received exercises to do at home.

I have contacted the hospital where I had my op and have spoken to the PALs team (patient liaison) and they are meeting me next week.   Has anyone else done this and how did you get on?

 

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    Stick by your guns......therapy is essential both from the technique standpoint as well as the encouragement. The additional aspect, they have equipment that you won't have. Keep beating the drums of war.
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    Wow of course they should have given you physio!!! I had left tkr last June and struggled for weeks with my bend and physio dept wouldn't sign me off until I felt better with things. I had about 9 weekly sessions on nhs. They were wonderful. I'm on the Wirral, I suppose it depends where you live which is so wrong! Make sure they support you as you are entitled to it . Good luck
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    Hi Lynn I had my TKR nearly 4 weeks ago and like you i have had no input from physio. When I asked they said they only do it if they thought it was needed. I also just had a little booklet with some exercises don't know if I'm doing it right or doing enough or 2 much. I don't go to see my specialist until the 28th June which to me is a long time without any input. Trying to get an appointment with my doctor to see if they can sort something for me.
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      Oh Pauline I could cry for you its so not fair and so stupid to not give us Physio.  True I was unlucky with the pain meds given to me - they knocked me out!   Are you in the UK?  I dont know if you can afford it but I went to a soft tissue physio today who worked on my leg without pain, and gave me relevant exercises to do.   He was amazed that I had not had Physio support.  I had to have an MUA and my Physio through hospital starts next week.

      I will post on here how I get on with the PALs people and their response, so it may be useful to you and others in the same situation.  

      I'm also going to see my own dr, regarding volunteering for clinical trials.   Go on youtube I did earlier this week and gosh was I doing somethings wrong.   I learnt today that icing your knee helps stop formation of scar tissue - 8 wks on.

      Good luck - I hope we can help one another.

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    I am 5 months post tkr and iv only seen my physiotherapists 3 times, and even when i did all she did was give my a sheet of excesizes to do at home.and asked me a few questions. 
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    Sorry to hear your troubles Lyn not having pain killers and doing exercises is really difficult I'm sure, I'm having trouble even with the pain killers! I have had a physio appointment given to me for next week and I had my operation on the 13th May so sounds like you should be getting some input but I suppose these days it depends on your local authority. Without any initial Help apart from the little flimsy leaflet they give you with the exercises on I resorted to YouTube there are a number of post TKR videos showing you how to do your exercises and be honest I find that watching them helps me keep on it. Today is a hard day for me, they come and go.. exercises really are only thing that will help you get movement back, so all the best of luck
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