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So some background is that for the past few years before my TKR I haven’t bern able to bend my knee past 90 degrees. Injuries, scar tissue, meniscus torn and taken out. Etc. Before surgery specialist told me because of that I might not get full range of motion back - maybe another 10 or 20 degrees. And also - being that I’m only 47 they warned me that my recovery might be more difficult as they see that often with younger patients for some reason.
Fast forward to now - three weeks after TKR.....surgeon comes from out of town and leaves so don’t have him following up with me until 6 weeks or more after surgery. So haven’t any idea how surgery went or what kind of bend he was able to get while I was under. But right now my bend is only 70 degrees. I try so hard! I do my exercises three times a day, go to physio twice a week, try to walk without aids when in the house, doing stairs, etc. Raise it and ice it and a lot of swelling is gone except directly on knee.
Today I was so disappointed in just 2 degree change from last week that I started crying right in physio. She passed me some Kleenex and told me this happens with younger patients....and for the next two days they are going to put me on the passive continuous motion machine....to see if that loosens things up. I’m so scared that I’m going to have to have manipulation later....and I feel like nobody believes me that I’m working really hard at this!
Anybody out there experience anything similar? Words of encouragement? I just feel like a failure! I’m with 80- something’s in physio who have bends of 110 degrees already....😕
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