TKR Recovery at 1 year

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I had my TKR done on March 31, 2016., I still have a burning sensation, almost all of the time, where my incision was. I also get a lot of popping in my new knee when I walk. I also still have a funny sensation when I kneel. Is this all normal for almost 1 year post surgery?

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    The burning could be caused by the nerves still healing (could take 12-18 months or more) or if you pushed the knee too far on a particular day.  Still, at a year out, you may want to check with your ortho about it.

    Popping, clicking, clunking...all could last for 12-18 months...or never go away.  Personally, I don't think mine will stop.  Small price to pay for walking without pain.  Kneeling will ALWAYS be an issue...get used to it.

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      I'm a little over 13 months but mine is an unusual case.  Got stenosis (like sciatica but down the back of BOTH legs) in L2/L3 eight months into the recovery that put an end to that process.  Had to wait until a month ago to get a correction via LLIF (fantastic!!!).  Now I'm dealing with the normal residual nerve pain from having your spine screwed with.  Going to be another month until I can resume the knee recovery.  Figure full strength by late summer / early fall...if I don't get hit by a bus...

      With knee...or hip...or spine operations, we always subconsciously change our gait to compensate for the pain.  That could put your spine and/or hips out of alignment, pinch nerves and cause pain.  Five weeks into the knee rehab, I got sciatica because the way I walked locked up the SI joints in my hips.  Your leg pain could be caused by just that kind of imbalance in your musculoskeletal network.  The least invasive path is a quick x-ray and a chiropractor; fixed me up very easily.  It's when you get into the spine being the root cause of your pain that you get into bigger tests and visits with a neurosurgeon.  I don't think you have to go there.  Your orthopedic surgeon may also be of value here.

      Find the cause...get it fixed.  

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    I had my Right TKR July 12 2016, burning sensation stopped around 12 weeks.

    It seems kneeling will always be different after a TKR for the majority.


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    Darcy, I am 5 mos post TKR. Godfather Chico is correct about the mending nerves. It may help to use cocobutter lotion on the incision and use a compression knee pad to alievate the tingling. Kneeling is a funky feeling, ensure the surface is well padded before kneeling. With time you will become accustomed to that sensation. Popping noise is normal. My popping reminds me how blessed I am to have the gift of a new pain free knee. Best wishes on your journey to a healthy/happy life. Regards, RJ.
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