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The Rehabilitation Process for a TKR

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Hi there,

Thanks for replying. I’m waiting for that turning point I’ve heard so many others talk about and know that the time frame differs for everyone. I agree that if your ROM allows you to live your life, why get anything else done? I have gotten to 118 with a forced bend but I intend on taking the exercise route as long as there is slow and steady progress. I want to avoid anything else bring done to this darn knee! I’ll be honest and say that this surgery has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I will definitely put off getting the other knee done. I’ve never had a cortisone shot in that knee and hope those will buy me some time!

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@dkapustin I found the cortisone shots helped a lot, and when they stopped helping they started injecting me with synvisc, three times per treatment was my preferred way. That helped tremendously also.
I have terrible bursitis in both hips right now that I am getting cortisone shots in next week. If the doctor sends me for PT for it I will have my therapist check my knee flex too when I am there. I think the knee I had done in 2017 is better than the one I had done in 2012 (I think 2012, sometime around then).
Making sure you exercise the knee really helps too. It strengthens the supporting muscles which helps greatly in recovery. There was a big delay in my second TKR due to other health problems. During that time I exercised a lot and by the time I was finally able to have the TKR my knee was feeling significantly better than it had when I originally planned to have it done!
JK

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