Lower back pain after knee replacement

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6 months after total knee replacement and have this lower back pain that is worse in the morning , can feel it when I turn over in bed at night. Goes off a bit during the day but not getting any better . Anyone else experience this 

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    Yes, me! And I thought it was my hips! They aren't brilliant. But now I believe my new knees since Mar 2016 are responsible for my spine and back pain. When I see my Orthopedic doc on June 19, I hope I will know more. I feel like my body and skeleton are not aligned! x

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    I had a left hip and L leg EMG done yesterday which showed S1 lumbar radiculopathy. My back is hurting too. I am 19 1/2 months post L. TKR.
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    Hi.  I’m 6 weeks post op with a TKR & have developed bad low back pain/ hip pain. I take only Tylenol/ ibuprofen for pain. I posted a message on this site last week.  Apparently this is very common.  Just waiting til my knee is a little more healed & then I will try to find a good chiropractor as suggested here.  Meanwhile, it’s almost worse than my knee.  MISERABLE.

    Know you are not alone.  Good luck in finding relief.

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      Yup...  I got a case of sciatica at 5 weeks post-TKR because of the way I was walking.  No mystery...hips out of alignment, locked SI joints, different leg lengths, etc.  We throw out the alignment of our hips and that affects the lower lumbar vertebrae L4 through S2 which causes the pain.  Chiropractor.  Always works for me.  No drugs, except some ibuprofen to help with the inflammation.  I will see my chiro 2X/week when I'm in that kind of pain...then maybe once or twice a month.  If you're not better in 3-4 weeks, something else is wrong.

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    I had it a bit, but i do yoga and the exercises helped. Now 14 months post op and no back pain.

    The way I move has changed a lot for the better...I reckon it must be pretty common.

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    Yes. I have lower back pain too, I am 20 weeks post op, I put it down to my posture. I am trying to walk better  with a bower gait.
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    Hi Jenny. I too am suffering with lower back pain and feeling pretty miserable. I am 9 weeks post tkr. I did start to feel better & probably overdid it again! Will go to see chiropractor but can't lie on my knee yet. It's really difficult to know whether to do exercises or not as they seem to make the pain worse.

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      9 weeks out of TKR, right knee. Lower back - sciatica on right side killing me for 4 weeks. Had an MRI two days ago, see back doctor tomorrow. Pain is worse than knee and has really hindered my physical therapy. Same boat. Did you get yours resolved???

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      Got my case of sciatica 5 weeks p/o. Hips and SI joints out of alignment and pinching the sciatic nerve because we subconsciously change our gait to avoid the pain. Went to my chiropractor. Three times a week for two weeks; twice a week for two weeks. Done. I've had lots of cases of sciatica over decades. This was an easy fix.

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      Hey Chico!

      Thanks for the response!

      Never been a chiropractor guy, gonna become one today. Actually have my appointment with the orthopedic back specialist today after my MRI earlier this week, interested in what he will say today. No matter, still going to a chiropractor that is a friend of a trusted friend, seems everyone agrees that is the right course of action. Do the orthopedic doctors ever just recommend you go to a chiropractor? Makes me wonder. Thanks again, this is really brutal.

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      Mine does because there's nothing they can do for sciatica unless there's a situation that requires a surgical fix. I had that happen once when a bone spur at L4 was crushing the sciatic nerve root. My neurosurgeon fixed that immediately but only after I tried chiropractic and pain shots. Surgery is the last stop on the "ladder of care". Gotta do the climb. Hopefully, chiro fixes it within a few weeks.

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      Hi,

      I am also 9 weeks post tkr.

      I am at that frustrated stage where I want to be doing lots more but as soon as I do I pay for it and have to back off.

      Back and hip ache pain but I try and push through.

      I have decided to have a quieter week this week just exercycling,walking and basic exercises.

      I tried an aquacise class last week but it was probably too soon for it.

      This site has been a breathe of fresh air as no one knows what to expect except those who are experiencing it.

      Jenny M

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      "I want to be doing lots more..."

      Your problem...check that...the problem that ALL OF US have had is expectations. Whether it be about pain, recovery time, being "better than this" by a certain date, etc., it's all one big delusion. I told my bandmates that I'd be doing a 4-hour gig with them the weekend after the op. Reality? I was still drooling on my pajamas at 6 weeks.

      The fact is that this is typically a year-long recovery...some people sooner than that, some later. It's all individual and you will never predict where you will fall on the spectrum. Therefore, don't even try. The fact is that the KNEE controls your recovery, not you...and all those expectations and timetables in your head mean absolutely nothing.

      So give it all up and concentrate on the time you put in, the work you do and the patience you have (or learn to have). In a truly Zen sense, the knee will be healed when it is healed. Period. You've already seen what happens when you push the knee beyond what it is capable of doing at any point along your path. Don't do that again...or pay the price...again.

      First, get your ROM back...and keep it that way. These will help...

      ROM Work

      Next...and this will take months of determined effort...you have to rebuild all the muscles that support the knee which are now dead. Cycling is good for ROM (if your seat height allows for full leg extension) and as a warm-up. However, you need strengthening exercises for your quads, glutes, core, hip flexors and more...

      Muscle Rebuild

      You need to get your strength back so you can walk correctly, regain your balance and be able to do stairs alternately like a normal person again. This takes regaining all that muscle mass. You can't skip this step. It will also help you avoid lots of other pain that occurs when the brain subconsciously shifts your weight to avoid pain...causing pain elsewhere (see the link at the top of this thread).

      None of this is easy...but it does pay off. I was doing 11,000 steps a day at 8 months and climbing stairs two at a time without holding onto anything at 14 months. At 3 1/2 years now, I have maintained a great 0 / +133 ROM and have zero pain after rebuilding all that muscle strength. You can too. Time, work, patience...your TKR Toolbox.

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      my saving grace is I do laughter yoga every Saturday. SO laugh at the top if the stairs and move down handrail or not.

      My knee is like a cantankerous relative. I LOVE IT. FIND IT VERY FRUSTATING AND IS A HUGE PAIN IN THE ASS .....but I am willing to keep going.

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