Pain using stairs 6 months post op

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On 2nd February  I had a TKR and patella resurfacing. The TKR was a complete success and I can walk without pain and within 10 days had a 110 degree bend. The physio didn't want to see me any more. The Consultant was thrilled by my progress at my 12 week check up as I strolled into his office without a limp. However, stairs are a completely different story and by the end of the day it is agony. I often have to crawl up them. Surprisingly, going down isn't quite as painful. I can feel my patella catching and clicking  when I bend the knee, as if it's not gliding properly. Please, does anyone else suffer with this pain using stairs and will it improve with time? Or, do I need to return to see the physio or Consultant for some strengthening exercises? Any advice would be much appreciated.

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    I would get it checked. I am 5 months post op. Can have bit of pain going down when been very active but not like you are describing.
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      Everyone says it hurts the most going down  steps. My knee is for some strange reason, painful when I go up!! I have osteo in my hips, so maybe that has something to do with it. 
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    Hi sorry to hear about the pain you're suffering. I am like yourself 5 months post op.

    I would advise either seeing your GP or Consultant for further advice. My knee occasionally gives way as I go downstairs, which is unnerving. I wish you well, let me know how you get on.

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    Sounds like patellar maltracking. See ur PT person. They can tape it. Should help...
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    Do you have stairs in your home?

    If so - begin strengthening for them by doing a step up with one leg first and step down with the same leg.  Then the same with your other leg. 

    Another one - tap the step with one leg and down, same with the other leg.

    I have a 3 storey house so my stair walking is way ahead of others who don't have steps.  It's great exercise for you too.

     

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