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amytro (@amytro)

Good days, bad days

Joint Replacements | Last Active: Mar 5, 2019 | Replies (8)

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@dkapustin

I had my right knee replaced on 1-23-2019 and yes, it can get worse before it gets better. Initially, my in home PT told me to do my exercises 3/day even though I had an immense amount of swelling. When I went to outpatient PT they told me NO, NO, NO. Now I do them 2/day it's much better. Whenever I try to do more, I pay for it with pain and soreness. To answer your question, yes. You can do too much, too soon other than with stretches. You can do those as often as you like. Always follow the advice of your doctor and PT because every person is different. If I didn't have excessive swelling, I would be doing my PT 3/day but after trial and error, I'm finding a middle ground. You will too. When you do too much, take note. Every week, they give me more exercises to do so I'm not staying stagnant. There are definitely good and bad days for months following this surgery. Slow and steady wins the race.

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Thank you very much for your response. You validated something I find maddening– that each PT person has a different and even contradictory approach to the therapy. It's been hard to bounce between them (I've had 5 PT people so far in less than 4 weeks). Slow and steady- good advice. I also tell myself it's a marathon and not a sprint. But I sure wish I could sprint!!