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I have been so encouraged and blessed as I read the postings from others who are going through TKR recovery. I am 6 weeks post and I must say that even though I thought I had read plenty and was well prepared, now I know I don't believe I knew how I would feel. I am certainly looking forward to feeling much better than I did with the arthritis in the right knee, but that surely isn't happening
I am frustrated today as I caught myself when I slipped on a step and bent my operative knee somewhat ackwardly, causing what feels like a pulled muscle across the knee. I still went to my therapy session but spent most of the day laying down and icing off and on.
The surgeon set a goal of 110 flexion by the end of 4 weeks, at the latest the end of 6 weeks. I have been struggling with this and reached 104 at one point a week or so ago but with a great deal of pain. He wants to stretch the muscles with some machine to get me to the 110, yet the therapist seems to think with continued work I will get there. I do my exercises 2-3 times a day including the 2 weekly therapy appointments so I am not a slacker on trying to improve my ROM.
I am wondering what others have experienced with this? I am pretty discouraged. When I try to do more I hurt myself. Of course today isn't good since I pulled that knee. I am continuing pain meds as I still need them including oxycodene, Tylenol, and naproxen.
I have not returned to work yet. The surgeon said that most return 8-10 weeks post, many starting back part time at first. I guess my return will depend on the ROM I reach and whether I can handle the pain without the narcotic. I have tried but I am unable to sleep due to the pain so I am not ready yet.
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