← Return to Knee replacement with post traumatic osteoarthritis

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Hello @rtbadleg, I would like to add my welcome to Connect along with @lisalucier and other members. I have bone on bone along with advanced degenerative arthritis in my right knee. I did have a cortisone shot in the knee last summer and it did help me with the pain until I kneeled down on the concrete driveway to work on drain pipe. I'm meeting with orthopedics on the 27th to hopefully schedule a date in late March or early April for a knee replacement. After the pain came back when I knelt on the concrete the doctor gave me a prescription for a pain creme but it really didn't help much. It's more of an ache than a throbbing or sharp pain but it really bothers me at night when I'm trying to sleep.

I did buy a couple of different styles of knee sleeves that helped a little with the walking. One I liked had a gel cap around the knee cap and seemed to keep it from flexing too much. I got it at a medical store. What has helped me more than anything has been to focus on pre-knee surgery exercises which has given the knee a little more strength. I've been doing them for the past 4 months or so when I started thinking about getting a knee replacement. It has kept my knee somewhat flexible and the pain is not as bad when I bend it a little.

Hope your surgery goes well.

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Thank you for your time and insight it’s something I was hoping I would not face till I was very old. My knee has a great deal of scar tissue and the dr that did the injection commented on how hard he had to push. The knee has never been able to bend all the way since the accident. They were just trying to make sure I would walk again. I have done so much more than anyone thought I would. It’s been 12 years since my accident that got me into this mess. I am hoping knee replacement will go well with that fact I have been told this is a one time thing for me as I don’t have enough bone for a second replacement. Screw that goes through rod at top of knee is very close to the joint.

Probably a silly question but how bad does the cortisone shot hurt? I just had my right knee replaced on 1-23-2019 and am having a slow recovery. I know I'll probably have to get Cortisone shots for the left knee ( once the surgeon approves) because I'm using all of my PT this year for my right knee (outpatient, I get 30 sessions) My friend says they hurt for a minute which beats months of post op pain but I just wanted to hear the pain level from someone else!

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