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I have been at -5/100 ROM since the 2nd week of my TKR surgery and the numbers didn't move even with me working on the ROM exercises everyday with and without my PT folks.
So at my 12 week post op meeting with the surgeon he said he wanted to do a MUA. After the MUA, Dr. Burton said I had a lot of scar tissue. He said there was a lot of popping come from the knee as he moved it around. In the end he said he got the knee to go to 0/125. He was happy with but I am not...my other knee is 0/135 which is basically a normal knee so I am hoping with time I can get to at least 0/130. He told me in no uncertain terms, this next two weeks (I see him again on the 3rd of May) my job is do the ROM exercises every hour possible and other than that stay off my legs as much as possible to help get the swelling down. He said that swelling is the enemy to ROM recovery.
Several hours after the MUA I met with his PT folks. When they measured my ROM it was 0/120...so I already lost 5 degrees of bend. Again, I was not happy but they said that is normal that you don't get the bend that the surgeon will get. They also stressed that I need to do the ROM exercises as often during the day as I can...they said at least every hour.
I am back home and the drugs that he injected in my knee during the MUA are wearing off so I am in PAIN. The pain for me is much more than what I experienced after the TKR. Which is very surprising to me. I am also experiencing pain from my foot to my hip. The surgeon said that is because of how he had to move my body to get the knee to move. I do have black and blue marks coming up.
But I am doing the ROM exercises as much as I can.
For all of those are facing a possible MUA I will keep you posting on this site what is happening to me. As we all know everyone has there own recovery schedule but I hope I might be able to give folks some insight into at least one MUA after a TKR.
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