Knee extension

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Besides things the physical therapist says, what has helped you to get full extension? Thanks

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    Try using Coban elastic material which should have been supplied to u. Wrap around the foot, raise the leg and push down (ouch). Flex the foot (toe to the sky). Repeat this throughout the day while being a cauch potato. Also, "hang your foot" on a higher level chair than u are sitting on. This will stretch all

    Muscles in back of leg

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    Sit on a high stool, on a cushion if need be, and swing your legs, back and forth.

    it was one of the older nurses that told me to do this, and it definitely loosens and stretches everything.

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    Jenn - I lay face down on my bed and my legs hang off the bed from above the knee - gravity pulls your legs down - I can stay 10 min now but it still hurts. I think what has helped me the most tho is doing my exercises in the pool. Best wishes you'll get there!

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    Bike helped me a LOT. just keeping moving as well. Use stairs. 
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    http://patient.info/forums/discuss/tkr-heel-slide-exercises-526213

    Bada bing...bada boom...

    Oh...  Voltaren Gel.  Best topical anti-inflammatory on the planet.  RX in USA.

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      Funny I find Voltaren to not work and swear by Dencorub (that's what it's called here in Aus) .. But we're all different just like pain killers different ones for different folks smile

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    All replies are good but also for some it takes time and retraining muscles /brain plus confidence that it won't hurt. Early rehab exercises are good long term and also strengthening surrounding muscles - quads and hamstrings really helps. Swelling and scar tissue varies so just keep at it until one day it will come

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      Also expectations should vary. Some are saying things like I got 120 deg after three weeks while others are saying they only had 60 deg after three months! It would be useful if people said what they had before the op. Some might have had full extension but had the op because of pain. Mine had been only 90 deg for several years due to Osteoarthritis and is now back to 90 deg after 6 weeks. I'm hoping for moe but it is clearly going to take time.

      Dave

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      So true, I've had osteoarthritis since my 30s and had to wait until old enough for the op, so my bend/exentension was bad anyway, and all my muscles and gait are wrong.  So bending, extending, correcting gait and major need to improve muscles and core - but feeling so much more positive.  Like you, not sure how far I will get but I am going to keep trying ... indeed we are all so different. Good luck

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    Ooh me, me, I know, miss! cheesygrin

    Its a bit odd - but it worked for me.....Get a set of oven gloves - the ones that are a mitt at each end joined by fabric in the middle. Can of baked beans/kidney beans/vegetable of choice in each "pocket". Pop your foot onto a stool/bench/pouffe so thet your leg is straight out in front of you, and gently drape the oven glove over your knee, one can on each side. Easy does it, I had to set a timer for 2 minutes in the early days, it hurt a lot and it helped to have something to count down to. BuI was soon up to 10 minutes and a straight leg smile 

    They say that neccessity is the mother of invention - and Im sure that a fair few of us have come up with odd little ways of getting the results we need. 

    Take care and good luck with that extention!

    Terri xx

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