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I had a total knee replacement about 10 weeks ago. Everything was going well at the end of week 4, I could do an 30 minutes twice daily on the bike and walk a couple of kilometers. But, I also suffered a blood clot around the same time, which cost me a week on the bicycle do to the pain and uncertainty about my condition.
After about a week I was back on the bike, but the knee was not as fluid as before and it would stiffen up with exercise. The physiotherapist was not much help with this issue, as she was obsessed with straightening my knee. This just made the knee painful for days afterwards and was not helping my stiffness. The stiffness has gotten worse and I am lucky to do two bike sessions a day now, as the knee stiffens too much.
I had discussed getting an ultrasound with the physiotherapist, but when I asked, she declined. She said my knee felt fine to her. LOL. I went back to my sports physiotherapist (previous life) to get the ultrasound. The ultrasound was inconclusive, but the doctor forwarded it to my surgeon and I got my follow-up bumped up.
The other odd thing is that my knee makes noises when I bend it. It sounds rustling leaves and originates from the ligament that passes the outer edge of the kneecap. It's so loud that other people can hear it. It is not painful, but is likely contributing to my swelling. This is the same ligament that experienced pain when the physiotherapist was trying to straighten the leg.
Any ideas? I assume it is related to my exercise break due to the blood clot or even a side effect of the Xarelto. It could even be the phase of the moon and I'm sure the surgeon won't have much to add.
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