Life after bilateral TKR

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Hi, 2 years ago i had LTKR, 1 year ago RTKR at 52! Left one caused a lot of trouble with bend, was manipulated twice. Right pretty good from beginning. Both are still very clicky, and not pain as such but definitely stiffness. Still on anti-inflammatatories as i still have trouble moving freely without them. Can walk for an hour maximum, stairs and slioes still cause trouble. I exercise regularly otherwise movement gets worse. Was really hoping it would be better by now and i could enjoy a normal life with no painkillers. Does anyone have the same problem with clicking & stiffness? Any other advice?

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    Had a TKR 14 1/2 months ago. Still have varying amounts of stiffness, always worse at night. Clicking but I only notice sometimes and yes, I still have pain. I exercise daily and just keep waiting. On cold days it is of course worse. I am relatively thin so no insulation.

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    Hi Sharon,

    i like you dont t have pain now. im guessing stiffness will be part of my life from now on..

    think i may need to join a gym to work my thigh muscles in my left leg to try to get them strong enough to step up on a high step or anything higher than a normal step.

    My surgeon said when stem cell ,gets perfected , it will eventually in most cases replace having to go through artificial knee replacement.. Im hoping that will be true when i have to replace my right knee.

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    RIGHT TKR 8 months ago LEFT TKR 5 months ago. I was the opposite way around pain wise but suffer the very same outcome as you. so it must be a common thing, all be it is early days in my case

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    The stiffness should subside if you keep the knee active. Gotta do that the rest of our lives or the knee will stiffen up again. All of those weird noises also go away in patient.

    This should help with the ROM issue...

    ROM Work

    ...and this one for strength...

    Muscle Rebuild

    ...and hang this on your fridge...


    Time, work and patience are your tools. Good luck...

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