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It's 7  weeks since my op and i feel a lot better but the knee is still burning at times and i'm struggling to get the knee straight.  I know we all ice our knees but does anyone use hot packs as well.  I sometimes feel i need  a hot pack to ease the stiffness in the knee but my PT does not recommend me doing this.  Any comments would be really welcome.


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    I have read while heat may feel good, it does more harm, in that it increases blood to the area and causes an increase in swelling. Soooo. I have avoided heat pads. Good luck
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    I use my wheat bag for most of the day...particularly when working at my desk.  I've also purchased a small TENS machine.
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    Hi Theresa I am now three years in July this year but I can remember asking the surgeon if I can to the glasgow to Edinburgh it a 50miles cycle he asked others present when this was one said about eight weeks he said owe yes no problem easier said than done Theresa I am a fifteen stone male in my fifties by no means an athlete with ankle problem needing a tripple athrodesis .(now completed july 2015 ) but needed the knee replacement first what I found was if I raise the seat in the gym bike it meant I could cycle but I couldn't get my foot to go all the way around when turning pedal but after a few weeks I managed it this meant I could go for the fifty mile cycle I remember the doc saying go for it you can't do any damage to it ...the bike has been my best friend Theresa I would say don't worry about it warm up I had that I feel it the knee healing ..I would say go to the gym start slowly on bike you will feel a big diferance within a few weeks 

    go for it Theresa and don't worry about the knee healing up ...remember you have had a major op it takes time but believe me it's worth it 

    good luck Theresa ...go for it a whole new you is waiting 

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    hi Therese,

    ​I also was told this about heat pads.I am 5 weeks in and still very swollen and brused.

    ​i cannot straighten or bend my knee more than 70 D.

    ​Getting very fed up as its now 16 months since my accident,But keep telling myself that this is the end of a very long journey.


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    I use heat all the time. (Consultant & physio approved).  Put ice on my knees and they will lock.  Don't use the heat pads, invest in a wheatie bag, price wise they vary, so shop around as they do not have to be expensive.  The inside consists of wheat (hence the name). You heat them in the microwave, so pls be careful.  They normally only have to be in for a couple of minutes and keep their heat very well.  Try experimenting with a hotwater bottle (chemists normally stock them), the downside being they get cold and feel clammy.  Wheaties obvioulsy cool down, but the are comfortable and a good size to drape over your knee. So go for it!
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