Stiffness

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i had bilateral knee replacement on January 18 and still feel very stiff especially my left knee. Not too much swelling but disappointed in my progress

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    Hi Nance exercise is key, you really need to strengthen and lengthen your muscles. The better the stretch the better the muscles support your new joint. I was very lucky in my recovery am almost 12 months out! Only recently experiencing stiffness and took to massage therapy! Amazing results have learnt so much! Put the work in Nance work those muscles you will reap the rewards! Hang in there it’s worth it x
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    Hi Nance. I had both my knees replaced Mar 2016. I believe, with two replacements together, the recovery journey may take longer. Learn as much as you can about major bone surgery recovery. Eat clean, drink lots of water, do a little light exercise and see a good physio. It's can be a really tiring journey but stiffness is part of the deal lovee! x

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      Good physio is worth their wt in gold!!! How many months are u out lyn? Im 15 mo today. Stretching makes all the difference Nance, freestork is right!

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    It’s very early days after a knee replacement. Keep doing the exercises and I’m sure the stiffness will disappear eventually. Best of luck x

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    Put in the work. I'm 14 months post and still exercise to keep musclec strength . The stiffness will get easier but even now gets a bit stiff if sit around too much. You are early on in the process but will get there with work and focus. I am so pleased had this done !

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    IT'S ONLY BEEN A MONTH!!!!!  Geez...  Gotta get all those expectations out of your head.  Disappointed?  Based on what?  This whole thing takes a year...period.  At a month, I was still drooling on my pajamas...

    Bilateral?  Really?  You are one of my heroes!!!!!  I could NEVER imagine doing both at once.  You truly are one of the bravest people we ever meet on the Forum.  Now you have to learn to be good to yourself and treat yourself with kindness instead of filling your head with unrealistic timelines and milestones.

    This is the most brutal of all surgeries...and also the most Zen: "Your knees will be better when they are better."  You have to do all the ROM and exercise work required but a knee CANNOT be pushed to recovery like a hip of shoulder (I've dealt with all of them).  Time, work and patience...that's it.  Stiffness is a given, especially when all the scar tissue hasn't been broken down yet.  That stiff/tight/band-like feeling can last 12-18 months as it gradually lessens. Count on it...totally normal.

    Post this on your fridge...

    https://patient.info/forums/discuss/the-reality-of-a-tkr-recovery-in-one-picture-626038

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    Thanks everyone for your advice. I guess my expectations are over the top. I have to be more patient...
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      Virtually all of us start out the same way...in fifth gear, hit a wall and then downshift to first.  Just get rid of those expectations...they will screw with your head big time.  Never compare your recovery to that of anyone else...we're all different.  That way you can OWN your recovery and then rejoice in your own, personal success.  Time, work and patience.  That's the formula.

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