Tkr back of knees hurt

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Hi, both my knees were replaced, one 6 months and the other 16 months. The problem I'm having is pain in the back of my knees, like something's being stretched, its very painful, any ideas what this might be.

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    I meant when I walk, it feels like something is being stretched.
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    my surgeon tells me its the nerve endings etc getting themselves right? i have the same pain at the back of my knee after knee replacement some 2 months ago, i am on gabapentin and shortec tabs which help, i also put a hot water bottle under my knee a couple of times a day which also helps me, keep doing the exercises they gave you as that helps, i find the one step stairs is a great help, thats putting your op knee (foot) on the stairs first and taken it off last for at  least 30 times, i do this 3 times a day, hope your pain eases, to be honest i have never known pain like it when i first had my op, its 2 months now and still in pain but manageable, i find trying to sleep is the worst i am always waking up in the night and cant get back to sleep, i even have baths at 3am in the morning with radox muscle calmer which helps as well. good luck. Max
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    I don't have pain in the back of my knees unless I walk. Thank you so much for answering, knowing what may be causing it helps.

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    Hamstrings.  Remember that your quads, glutes and core are all atrophied and must be rebuilt to take the pressure off the joint and put it back on the musculature where it belongs.  In the meantime, because of the lack of the push-pull of normal muscle movement, you hamstrings contract.  It will take months to rebuild the muscle strength and stretch out the hamstrings again to bring all those muscles and tendons back into balance.

    There might be some other causes...

    https://patient.info/forums/discuss/other-pain-after-a-tkr-641040

    ...but it sounds like hammies...

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      Thanks, what you say makes perfect since, because what I didn't mention is I have Muscular Dystrophy (Ataxia), I'm in a wheelchair but I do transfers where I stand and my husband helps me walk around the house in the evenings. I'm hoping to eventually be able to walk using my walker without my husbands help.

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      Just take it slowly.  A set of exercise bands at home can really help strengthen your legs if you can't get to a gym.  Anything you can do to rebuild as much muscle as possible and stretch the hamstrings will be beneficial.  I'm glad your husband helps.  I know what it's like.  Even with all the metal in my knee, hip and spine, I still take care of my wife who had brain aneurysm surgery almost 8 years ago.  Being a caregiver is difficult but it's made so much easier and more joyful when you're caring for someone you truly love.  Be there for him as he's there for you.  It's not about the bodies...it's about the soul.  Stay connected...REALLY connected...forever.

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