Knee pain after spinal fusion

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I had a spinal fusion and decompression two months ago. Have had no back pain but pain in both my knees seems to be getting worse. I thought it was because I am using my knees more for bending, thought maybe it's arthritis being affected by the cold weather, but honestly, it feels more like a muscular pain, particularly after walking and standing a lot. Anti-inflammatories don't seem to work on this particular pain and I am tired of taking pain pills. Is there a specific exercise one can do to strengthen muscles around knees?

 

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    I siuggest that you get a diagnosis. Best to ask for MRI scan of knees to find out what is going on.
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    Oh joy will try again later tried several times get half way and site has an error 
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    Joy....you are probably into the pain. I had a decompression 6 years ago next month. I went in bent over, walking in horrible pain with a the aid of a cane and doing anything and everything I could just to get by but never avoiding pain. I was in the hospital for an extra day because of some blood pressure issues. I walked out straight, upright and cayying the cane BUT shortly I noticed aggravation in the knees (i had my tkr 6 years earlier), hips and ankles. I then got a new pair of well fitted walking shoes and went back to the heel, toe, full bend, very deliberate slow method of moving and within a couple of weeks things were back to a liveable state. Maybe all you need is to slow down a bit and make sure you are walking properly.
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      Not sure about that 1st sentence....auto correct helped me when I didn't need it. Somehow it left off from the into the pain that comes with change.

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      Thanks for your input - yes, the sentence "all you need is to slow down a bit" hit home. I am a very busy, active person and perhaps I have been overdoing things. I have tried some of the physio exercises to help stretch the muscles and tendons and that seems to help a little. I suppose I expect everything to be hunky dory after only two months, but I know that is expecting a bit much.

       

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