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8 Months after TKR Serious Grinding

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Yes - I was very religious about doing all of the exercises - and still at 10 months I do exercises that the last PT gave me and do a lot fo walking and some yoga.
Quite a few things have happened in thelast couple of months. I had some "cupping" and acupuncture. The acupuncturist also showed mehow to do Graston technique ( some call it muscle scraping) to help break up scar tissue. I have been doing that as well. My surgeon ordered an xray to rule out "malrotation of the femoral component". Thank goodness that was ruled out!! After the xray report indicated "small join effusion", I started using a knee wrap - just an old one that i had around the house. That seemed to finally get rid of the last bit of swelling - just from the compression. I also have been using a brace and that seems ot help. I walk several miles most days and it is getting easier. But the grinding is still a problem. I can feel the lumps - which I assume are scar tissue - along the scar and when I bend my knee ( I have full range of motion) I can feel them above the knee cap. Hard to tell if they are in the patellar tendon - but that seems to be where it's really bumpy. And when I staighten my leg or stand up from seated position it really grinds and hurts!
Seeing another surgeon next week just to see if he has any insights. Also planning to go back to my orginal PT guy and see if he has suggestions. At my 1 year appointment Mar 3, we'll assess.

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bonnie....this is me. I feel a pulling above my knee and sometimes over the knee. I'm sure that it's scar tissue and don't know what to do about it. I can feel lumps as well and have done some MFR but it did nothing. I have also done some scraping as well and am 14 months out. I'm so tired of soreness and stiffness and the pulling. Stretching does not see to help either. I'd love to know what you find out. I do have a ROM of 120 and can straighten with no issues and the surgeon says all is well and some people just have soreness after doing to much. I do not want to slow down either. Right above the scar above my knee is pulls and sometimes more than others. Please let me know what they say. If I could get rid of this I'd be good.