knee tightness after a tkr

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good evening everyone I have had my second total knee replacement about 3 months ago and I still have tightness on both knees and still doing the exercises can anyone tell me how long the tightness will last

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    Everyone heals at their own pace so there is really no text book case. It could take a year but eventually you will be doing an activity and just notice its gone. Just keep up the excercise program, icing and elevation. Rest when you can as a well rested body will heal faster than one that is under continual stress and strain
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    Snap! Me too cindy. I had mine 3 months ago and it's still tight. I still do my exercises. Do you find that if you rub it when it's tight, it releases? 

    Caz

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    Yes, CazDesmond

    It does loosen up a bit.  My 1st TKR was in Aug.  That knee was really really tight and felt like vice grips-it loosened up some.  But 9 weeks later I had my right TKR and now it is tight, I guess it takes quite a while to loosen up. I quess

    its very common among us.  I love this site.

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      Well Cindy, I think you are really brave to have 2 done. I used to think that the people who had both done together were mad, but after having one done I don't think I would be eager to have the other one done. If you need them both done, I think it's best to have them done together now.

      How are you? How is your bend? And your emotions? I'm still crying off and on.

      Caz

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      Cindy

      does the knee get tighter after you exercise? Mine does. At the end of the day, it is so tight after exercising, and normal daily life, I dont even want to get up. Does it ever go away? What does your surgeon or PT say? I have several friends who have had this done, and they havenot had a problem with it, so I feel like something is wrong. Even ice seems to make it stiffer. Best wishes.

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    CazDesmond,

    I had such a hard time with my "Good Knee", that it left me no choice but to have that one done also.  My doctor thought I was good enough to have the 2nd one done 9weeks after the first.  I finished thereapy after 2.5 months we could get it to bend about 125*, My therapist thought that would be all I will get-because we struggled with that, my first knee is fine--bend about 130*, but the 2nd knee was the challenge.  I still do exercises everyday--at least once, I am back to work now for 4hrs and go up and down alot of steps-so I use that as my 2nd daily therapy.. I figured out while in my therapy sessions my knee and my leg cramps would not stop hurting-so I ended my therapy.  SInce then I exercise on my own and have not had the pain I was....I do still get this annoying butt cramp, but my doctor says it will go away...I have a hard time sleeping-but I can feel that slowly getting better also.  I only have pain in the inside corner of my knee if I try to bend it.  So I lay on my stomach and lift my knee up-with a rope and it gets the proper stretch I need...Weird I know.....  I feel pretty good--I no longer get depressed.  Wish this tight feeling would go away--but I guess it takes more time.   Good luck to you, I hope this helped you

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