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Week 3 post TKR

Joint Replacements | Last Active: Aug 28, 2022 | Replies (72)

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@rknee – Do you mean you stepped off of the curb with your leg with the TKR? If so, that is the correct sequence – Up with the good leg and down with the bad (TKR) leg. Curbs and steps with no railings are still a little difficult for me even though my TKR was a year and half ago. I would definitely call your surgeon or care team as soon as possible to make sure everything is OK.

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Thanks to all of you for your support. It took two days for my knee to stop killing me from stepping off the curb with the incorrect foot (good leg vs bad leg). I won’t forget that again! I have learned that normal recovery doesn’t mean getting better every day, it’s more like two days good and one day bad- more like a roller coaster. Yesterday, I woke up without any pain and stupidly thought I would try not taking any pain pill or muscle relaxer. Tomorrow will be my four week mark. Unfortunately I had PT and I quickly realized how much the pain pill was masking my back and knee pain. After PT I took a pain pill but since my husband had two errands to run it was another hour before I could take the muscle relaxer. At that point I was in horrible pain which lasted to bed time. I know now I will have to slowly taper off the pills and take one before PT so I can do the exercises with little pain.
Most of my pain now is in my L3-5 and s1 lower right due to a previous back surgery two years ago . I’m sure my gait is different which triggered it. PT is using exercises for my back as well.
I’m interested to know if anyone else experienced pain in other parts of your body after TKR and whether it went away or whether you had to get specific treatment for it. I’m using a TEns unit, arthritis cream, ice packs and PT Specifically on my back.

I really appreciate this group!!