Range of motion

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I’m at 3 weeks but still have problem bending therapist can get me at 90 but I can’t keep it there between sessions. Do I just keep doing the bend exercises even it hurts really bad. Does anyone remember how long it takes to get to 110. My neighbor said she was at 110 by 2 weeks. Makes me think I’m way behind but everyone says be patient it will come. 

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    Hi Linda,

    when I left hospital after my bilateral tkr’s, one measured 95 and the other 100.  I never had follow up physio.  I was slack when it came to exercising and only used my little peddles, where I sat on my bed and just peddled for 10 minutes.  At my 6 week check up, Surgeon asked me to bend and stretch out each knee ONCE, just looked and said I was good to go.  My point is, I think you shouldn’t be worrying so much on your degree of bend.  It’s very early days for you and if you do to much work forcing the bend, it could set you back.

    im not a Doctor or Physio but I know that I’m over 2 yrs on from the op and I can crouch down, kneel ( on cushion) and do most things without pain.  Maybe I’m one of the lucky ones but I was never concerned about my range of motions.  I can’t get my legs behind my neck but hell,  couldn’t do it before the op so..........lol.   

    Be kind to to yourself and don’t overdo things.  It will happen.

    best wishes

    Sue xx


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    Hi. I am at 7 weeks and just reached 110 be patient it will come, we are all different keep doing the exercises you were given, i am struggling to walk downstairs for fear of falling, i walk upstairs as normal now, time will help me, just got to keep exercising. be patient. max
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    At 3 weeks my flexion was only 60 degrees that's when I joined this forum. I was obsessed with my bend. I'm now 7 months and i would say my flexion is about 110 now but I'm not worried about it because I can everything I need to do. I can walk up and down stairs normally, I can now ride my motorbike, I can cycle but the movement doesn't quite feel natural.  I make improvements all the time so don't worry at 3 weeks just keep doing the exercises you've been given to do and all will come good in the end 😃

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    There is no one who can tell you how long this will take.  Everyone has different numbers...everyone.  In general, most people get to 0 / +120 by 3 months.  That takes dedicated PT sessions plus work at home.  Remember, everyone's DNA produces scar tissue at different rates...there is no "normal" so don't expect it.

    You give this time, do the work and have patience.  Throw all numbers and comparisons to others out the window...they only screw with your head.  Here are some extra exercises...


    After you get your ROM back, it will take a good six months to regain all the strength in your atrophied quads, glutes and core to take the pressure off the joint.  Failure to do so and you will experience more knee pain as the joint will be asked to do the work that should be done by the muscles.  You absolutely need this to walk and do stairs normally again.

    Face it...  For the vast majority of patients, a complete recovery takes a year.  Accept it...own it. 

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      The exercises and all the other work you have to do is only one part of your recovery.  To be successful, you have to give up all expectations and timetables.  Get them out of your head.  Statistics apply to populations...NEVER to individuals.  You can read all the stories you want on here and do all the Internet research you care to do...but NONE of it applies directly to you.  You will read on the Forum over and over again that "everyone is different".  This is way more true than you can possibly imagine.  If you clear your mind of all comparisons, you can focus on the most important thing: YOUR individual recovery.  This takes time, work and patience.  You have to own your recovery regardless of how anyone else is doing.  It's this mindset that will get you past all the hurdles ahead of you.  Post this on your fridge...


      At three weeks, I was still drooling on my pajamas!!!  You have a long way to go.  Oh...and don't forget your oars when you hit the boat part...

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    Hi I am just at 110 after 6 weeks, it was a struggle but i got there , be patient we are not all the same, you will get there just keep doing the exercises, i know they hurt but it will get better, max
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