TKR Ice therapy

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I'm 8wks post op and I am dealing with stiffness. I do the exercises at home, and I go to therapy 3xs a week. I even tried water exercise and each feels good. My issue is that once I finish, my knee stiffens back up. I have gained as much as 78 degrees range of motion. I ice, medicate, and elevate. I know TKR is a brutal procedure but what else can I do to keep rom? I have remained positive though.

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    Maybe you could get your doctor to prescribe the CPM.  It's a machine that you can place your leg in and it elevates and works your leg without all the pain.

     

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    Phillip I just posted to Corrine's discussion - the stiffness and soreness after not moving for a while is completely normal - I was told by my doc and pt therapist that that stiffness may take a year or so to go away - just keep doing what you are doing and it will get better - but as they have all said to me it's a marathon not a sprint ! Best wishes!

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    You sound normal to me.  I'm 12 weeks post-op and knee still feels tight/stiff, especially after activitiy.  I'm told the stiffness could last as long as a year.

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    Are you doing what PTcalled heel slides. Yoga strap on foot bend knee and pull for 15 seconds. You're 8 weeks/ very short time / I was in PT for more than a year/ swelling for 3 months/ both knees/ I was always sore but a good Sore from pushing it at PT. Swimming is great. Ice after exercise. You'll see improvement it just takes months but you'll get there. Dave

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      I found out that my knee respond much better to heat. When I get in the whirlpool and do exercises, I feel better but I get stiffness a while later. I have to keep pushing no matter what.
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    You're still in the middle of PT...give it time.  This may help...

    http://patient.info/forums/discuss/the-tkr-experience-or-wish-i-had-another-kidney-stone--524499

    The "stiffness" could last 12-18 months along with a slightly "swollen" look plus clicking and popping.  All normal.  Concentrate on 0 / +120 flexion in PT and then regaining the strength in your quads and glutes in the gym.  This takes a while...

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    Hello I had my TKR this past June 30th 2016 what's that 9 weeks,OK I have been having the same problems. My Doctors and PT along with everyone else have been telling me push thew it gets better .I can finally say it's getting better,I'm not one of those that had there tkr and can say my rom (bend) has been good it's only been tops70%.

    Then this past week with hard work and going to PT I saw 90% for first time.WOOP WOOP!! Yes like you say Philip it seems to drop back down again.

    Dropped back down to 75%,well this weekend something gave I don't know what my rom is today but I couldnt sit in a chair or on the couch and get my surgery knee to bend back against the couch or chair.Well today it now goes all the way back against the couch like it should.So what I'm trying to tell you from my experience and frustration with my tkr it takes time.,But don't be to hard on yourself it's going to get better one day at a time...After this weekend I'm feeling a lot better about my TKR.Good luck ,hang in there.Swelling will go up and down that's for sure And the hardness.One day at a time..I can see the light finally..Ice Ice Elevate elevate.GOOD LUCK

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      Totally right.  This is NOT a linear recovery...there are good days and bad days, progress and setbacks.  However, if you do the work, the trend is ALWAYS upward.  Don't get down on yourself...stay positive!!!

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      I appreciate your encouragement. I'll keep on working. The thing that bothers me is I KNOW I'm doing the exercises plus more and the pt and my Dr acts as though I should have more than 90 degrees. I had a manuel knee manipulation a few weeks ago and that didn't keep my rom. I come to the point that no one is going to push me or compare my recovery to someone else.

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      Good work Feather your knee is responding. Keep after the ROM EXERCISE, 9 weeks your getting flexibility, now you can start rebuilding the leg strength you had before your knee slowed you down! Hope all goes well.
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    Hi Phillip .. I'm 11mths post op and still suffer with a stiff knee some days like today it's sheer hell and others not so bad.  I still have severe swelling which doesn't help but my ROM is 110 when last saw surgeon.  You're doing everything right it just takes time .. I have a small pedal machine that I find helpful when my knee is really stiff I use it for about 30mins then ice and find it helps.  I also do leg slides on the bed for my bend but some days are better than others just depends on the swelling. 

    Remember this is one hell of a journey we're on that takes anywhere from 12-18+mths depending on the knee.  Great to hear you have a positive attitude that will help you heaps!

    Cheers... Tracey

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