Knee pain

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im now 7 months after having tkr on my left knee. it has healed perfectly but im still getting pain when i walk. sitting im ok but as soon as i stand or walk i get a sharp pain on the left side of my knee. does anyone know why im getting this.

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    Hello, Marion. I am ten months TKR and have the same problem. In fact I can only walk with a Walker. It is easy to feel despair but in my case it is getting better and day by day I can now put more pressure on the leg without too much pain. I am hoping to be walking before Christmas. I am sure you will improve too.

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    I Am 7 months right tkr and 4 months left tkr. up till about a week ago i couldn't really walk that we'll for sharp sharp pains in my right knee. i went to a funeral about a week ago and so had to wear flat black shoes. the pain was almost unbearable but you just get yourself thru it. then 2 days ago, suddenly the pain was gone. my friend is a gp and they recon that muscle was trapped under the implant and just thru time it has eased itself out. the difference is totally unbeleavable . I do hope that is the case with you as we'll

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    I'm 8 months after left TKR and still get pain on the outside of my knee when standing from sitting or going downstairs, My physio is treating it as Iliotibial band syndrome and giving me exercises ans stretches to help. I saw the surgeon last week to discuss my other knee and he said because of the previous distortion of my knee the leg has been straightened and the soft tissue becomes aggravated. He said it could take 18 months to settle down. Maybe yours is a similar problem? Remember you're only just over halfway through your year recovery and it can take longer.

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    thank you for your comment. ive started hydro therapy so hopefully it might help

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    A FULL, complete recovery takes most people one year. Some do it faster, some longer...but a full year should be expected as "most common". At 7 months, you should be well into the muscle rebuild (quads, glutes, core, hip flexors) that takes the pressure off the knee and puts it back on the surrounding musculature where it belongs. This is strength training as distinct from walking and cycling. Gotta build those muscles back up.

    Also, a lot of aches and pains should be expected during this time as you rebuild those muscles to take the load off the rest of your body. People report problems in their other knee and calf, hips, lower back, etc., even extending to painful sciatica. Easy fix with a chiropractor to realign your hips and stop the pinching of the sciatic nerve.

    So... Don't be too hard on yourself...this is NOT a race. Be Zen: "My knee will be healed when it is healed." Simple. Remember the old joke:

    Me: "Hey, doc. It hurts when I do this."

    Doctor: "Then don't do that."

    You are not fully recovered yet and any overuse of the knee plus weak muscles will absolutely cause pain. Stop, rest, back off, resume gradually. You will feel much better if you do the muscle rebuild and give your knee the full year to recover.

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