Knee pain after skiin

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my right knee replacement was in may 2017. I started skiing in december 2017 with a brace. ended the season ok with some pain. skied in december 2018 into 2019 with my brace on. normally skied from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm. steeper trails would cause pain. i guess the more turns i made, the more pain i would have. i ended up going to a tougher mountain, ended up on two bump trails by mistake, had much difficulty making it down. now i'm having increased pain and its been for 5 days now. ANYBODY OUT THERE HAVE THE SAME ISSUE?

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    First, skiing is not recommended after a TKR and certainly not double-black diamond trails.

    That being said... I've done some research and a lot of sources say that yes, you can do some light skiing or skating but only with the proper brace. The key is "proper". So, what's that? Simply put, it's a brace that absolutely, positively will NOT let your new knee twist (torque)...at all...ever...

    Got on the phone to the DonJoy company...the #1 brace guys on the planet. I asked one of their ortho specialists (not a sales guy) which of their braces would do the job. For me, I played hockey for 45 years and would like to do some light skating again...my competitive days are long gone. I will NOT wreck my metal knee...or metal hip.

    The answer was their Defiance model with a SINGLE hinge...Defiance comes in a variety of flavors. The custom fit version done by a DonJoy specialist in your area costs $900 MSRP. If you do the kind of skiing you say you do, I would consider this puppy immediately.

    Just hope you didn't damage the new knee. For now, take the pressure off, ice and elevate. Use a cane or walker again temporarily. Take some anti-inflammatories...1 week max. If not better, ya gotta get some imaging done.

    When I got my hip done in 2009, I asked the surgeon when I could get back on my skates and playing again. He told me immediately...but then the hip would last 3 years instead of 25. Sold all my equipment a day later. We all have choices to make...

    The Defiance...

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    Skiing after a TKR is not a good idea, anything that causes too much impact or twisting to the knee should be avoided. My replacement knees are 20 and almost 19 years old and are still ok. If you want your knees to last take care and don't put too much strain on them.

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      You obviously loved playing hockey, but had the sense to realise it would not be a good idea to continue playing. I imaging after what many go through during recovery they would want to avoid any activity which may cause damage to their new knee.

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      Actually not everyone makes what would rationally be called "good" choices. There's the infamous member from three years ago who announced rather dramatically that AT 13 WEEKS POST-OP, he was going back to his favorite activity that coming weekend...mountain climbing.

      Never heard from him again. We all figured they found the body using a metal detector...

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