Scared of manipulation

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I'm 7 weeks post op on right TKR & making very slow progress. PT & doing exercises on my own is still very painful. I can get to about 90 Degrees but with a lot of pain. I only have pain when exercising & a little at night. My Dr. thinks I may need manipulation. My PT disagrees. He doesn't feel scar tissue and thinks I'm progressing. I'm terrified of manipulation and would appreciate any thoughts.

Also, if it is necessary, what happens after manipulation? Thanks

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    Are you in UK? Is there swelling? If it was my knee I would go with PT's opinion myself. Early days. Slow and steady. Most of my improvements in range of motion came after ten week am when swelling majority reduced! 😀

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    After manipulation all you do is exercise easier. I had it and went from 95 to 115 within 2 days then to 122 within 2 weeks. It doesn't hurt, they knock you out for 10-15minutes and send you on your way. Important to start exercising it right away to keep it loose. Good Luck. I am 4+ months post TKR and finally doing well.

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      It was much easier. Pain a little less but movement was better. Manipulation for me either was at 12 weeks, I think. I progressed quickly after that. No pain in manipulation for me. You'll be glad you had it done.

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    Never having had it I'm not a voice of experience but I've seen the opinions of at last 2 dozen people on here and it seems to be a split decision. I'm of the opinion that the fewer times you have to be anesthetized, the better. Outside of that, you have to do What's best for the end results. You are only under for a few minutes and there isn't any ill effects from the anesthesia. The only thing I've ever read, a tiny group has experienced Minor damage (cracking) of the bone. Others say they would never have been able to heal as completely without it.

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    Thanks to everyone's responses. Another thing I'm wondering about. After 7 weeks I can bend to 90 degrees on my own but it feels very tight and still experience some pain. Is that normal?

    When is it expected to get there or beyond comfortably?

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