sudden knee pain after 4 months after TKR

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I had bilateral knee replacement 4 months ago. My left knee has been swollen and stiff since the start, but my right knee has been great...until 3 days ago. I walk down a pretty steep set of stairs that day. Now, on the outside of my right knee, I have very sharp pain if I put any weight on the knee - which means it hurts if I walk. I'm trying to keep it elevated, but it hasn't helped. I'm limping and using my cane again. I thought maybe I just stretched a tendon.  Any ideas? Should I call my surgeon? 

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    Hi !

    You probably over did it . Four months isn't that far out . Sorry your going through this sad

    I am one year out from a partial and I am in the midst of a major set back with swelling from overdoing it the last three days . Back to iceing and elevating . That's the medicine.


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    Concern is CONSTANT pain vs intermittent. Id see doc...
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    I had left knee replaced in February. It was progressing nicely, too, until April 14. Then out of nowhere, I started getting pain when I put pressure on it to stand or walk. I also had trouble straightening it, where I had been at a 0 flex. Surgeon thought maybe it was scar tissue and said she would manipulate it when I had replacement surgery on right knee on April 24. The  manipulation didn't have any effect. She gave me a cortisone shot in it, which was also not effective. It feels like something is rubbing and grinding from around 30 degrees until I straighten it. She took X-rays and said there was nothing wrong with the component. Her comment on a sunrise view X-ray said, "subtle tilt to left patella". I'm wondering if that has anything to do with my pain. She said no, that it had been like that since surgery and I would have had pain the whole time.  It has gotten a little better, but is still not up to where it was before this happened. My right knee surgery seems to have been successful. I go back on June 16 to the surgeon. She said if the left knee isn't better, she would go in with a scope to see what is going on. I have to say this has been a very discouraging several months. I thought if I did what surgeon and pt's told me to do, everything would go smoothly. I have found out that's not the case. I wish you well with your knee problem. 

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      My left knee did same!! Pain w bend at 30-90. Rice crispy feeling and size of quarter.Cortisone ineffective. Right knee is great!! Scope done and found huge bone spur (osteophyte)that didnt show on xray. I had to wait 2wks after shot and 2wks for surgery date. Doc ground it out 3wks ago today. After it was out, i could climb stairs, do squats and lunges. Today was my last day of PT. I was signed off! But, i thought same, i fid everything they said, what happened?! But thats a bone spur for you...after i cried, felt shock after doc visit, i moved forward and it all worked out!! 6 1/2months today ftom initial surgrry and rtnd to work yesterday full 12hr day.

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