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My right knee is pretty much pain free. Left knee has pretty severe pain just below and lateral when I lift it sideways and in evenings. I have been told IT band and/or Ham string. I have been doing exercises and massage (by me) but it doesn't seem to be improving. I was quick (4 weeks) to get straight and bend to 135 degrees (awesome PT for 5 months, 2 times a week) but left knee seems to have lost about 25 degrees and seems swollen. Surgeon says all is good and that he "did his part, now I need to do mine" to get my body to adjust to new knees. I lost 30 lbs before surgery and 15 after surgery (could still lose 20 but I am no longer obese) and walk 2-5 miles a day, go to the gym 2-3 times a week with 20 minutes of bike and 40 minutes of weight and stretching. Surgeon says it could take 1-2 years for pain to go away. It feels like something is caught behind a (tendon, ligiament, muscle? I have no idea) as something pops over something else when I lift it sideways. Still very painful first steps and standing from a sitting position also. Any helpful ideas on the IT band thing. Internet says exercise not the answer but doesn't relly give a better answer.
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