S1 joints after knee replacement

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14 weeks along after total knee replacement, about 6 weeks after starting getting lower back pain, xrays show inflamation in S1 joints, very painful have tried tens, chiro, massage, any suggestions on how to ease this?

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    FRASER .....I am 15 weeks since my replacement TKR and this week my back has been very painful....feels like the start of back spasms. this is my 3 rd TKR and this is new for me.

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    Happened to me. i asked my PT to give me things to do to help. it slowly got better. we did some back traction also. it took about 3 horrible months. The relief was gradual. Now two months later i still can feel it slightly, keeps reminding me its there but so much better. Now I feel the operation was worth it!

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    S1 is a vertebral space...as in L5/S1 or S1/S2. SI joints connect the spine to the hips. I have had many cases of locked SI joints over the years. I was taught a few special exercises to loosen them up. Combining those with chiropractic has always worked for me...not easy to unlock the SIs... I got my post--TKR sciatica (very common) at 5 weeks. Massive hip misalignment plus locked SI joints. Took me and the chiro about a month to get everything working correctly again.

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    thanks for the feedback, it has been about two months for me of this pain and trying discover the cause, not easy when you are a senior on a fixed income, hard not to have anxiety issues, they really donot prepare or support you very well. But am starting some pt next week so hopefully this will change. I am glad this site is available for some feedback.

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    When my back acts up, I do use moist heat with a heating pad. It seems to loosen up and I know wont correct your problem, but does help alleviate some discomfort. I like the moist heat, even though it can make your clothing kind of soggy,.

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