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Hello from Switzerland! I am new to this forum but am desperately looking for answers to my dilemma and there seems to be a great support network here. I had a complete knee replacement 18 days ago and my knee feels like a block of wood which is stopping me from getting the required degrees of "bendage". On the machine I can get up to 80° without cheating :-) and on my own about 70°. My doctors are not happy with me at all and are threatening to put me back on the operating table to bend the knee under anasthesia. When I first heard that, I nearly passed out. They reckon if you cannot bend it at least 90° in the first 3 weeks, it will never get right. I don't know who to believe as my therapists all tell me not to go down that rather drastic route. Does anybody have experience with this? Or any tips on how to make the muscles relax? Am rubbing in all kinds of potions from Tiger Balm to Deep Heat ...
By the sounds of things, the docs in the UK don't put their patients under as much pressure as here. And you all get well anyway so I am wondering if I should just ignore them? Though I do understand their argument that I am too young (51) not to be able to bend my knee at 120°. Perhaps I just need more time?
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