Has anyone had a tight band feeling after total knee replacement?

Posted by mhort1213 @mhort1213, Feb 28, 2019

I am 8 weeks post TKR and have had this very tight band around my knee since week one. My Dr at 6 wks says it is normal and will go away. Has anyone else had this and did it go away and when?

Yes i have, and it will go away gradually with healing. I just flex my foot and walk . but it will go away

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@scgraham

I will clarify what i meant by "tight band" and it may not be the same as what other posters mean. It feel like a tourniquet is around my leg just below my knee. And the pain extends to the calf area of my leg, feeling like an extremely tight compression feeling. My muscles are soft, not contracted. My knee cap is not involved. I am 19 months post surgery.

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Wow i had that to. I had to walk, ice and start my exercise all over again. Mine felt like a rubber band around the bottom of my knee. And pain down the side of my leg to the ankle and tendons . just enough to aggravate you. But it will go away in a couple weeks. I had to start riding my stationary bike sooner than planned. That did it for me. I'm nine months out from second surgery on the same knee. Still healing but the tight band did go completely away in a couple weeks. If that long. Good luck and be patient. Healing is slow.

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@ladybee

Wow i had that to. I had to walk, ice and start my exercise all over again. Mine felt like a rubber band around the bottom of my knee. And pain down the side of my leg to the ankle and tendons . just enough to aggravate you. But it will go away in a couple weeks. I had to start riding my stationary bike sooner than planned. That did it for me. I'm nine months out from second surgery on the same knee. Still healing but the tight band did go completely away in a couple weeks. If that long. Good luck and be patient. Healing is slow.

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It goes away for some people. For many others, like myself, it does NOT go away! 😟

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@ladybee

Yes i have, and it will go away gradually with healing. I just flex my foot and walk . but it will go away

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That's just it. I can't flex my foot. I had to get the brace to hold my foot up so I stopped tripping over it and potentially fslling.

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@clbs

It goes away for some people. For many others, like myself, it does NOT go away! 😟

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So then what did you do?

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@janedahlgren

So then what did you do?

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It’s been 19 months since surgery. Have done a couple different stints of PT; doing home exercises still and also aquacize. Am considering trying laser therapy. My knee doesn’t hurt but that tight band feeling is VERY annoying!

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From everything I've read here, it either goes away or you have it forever. I'm 7 months out and still have it. If you find something that works,let me know.

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@clbs

It’s been 19 months since surgery. Have done a couple different stints of PT; doing home exercises still and also aquacize. Am considering trying laser therapy. My knee doesn’t hurt but that tight band feeling is VERY annoying!

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Do you ever get an explanation to why that tight band feeling exists?

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@ruthannejoan

Do you ever get an explanation to why that tight band feeling exists?

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Neither my surgeon nor my physical therapist knows what is causing that tight band feeling or if they do, they don’t know how to get rid of it. I’ve never seen a solution on this site either. Very frustrating!

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@clbs

Neither my surgeon nor my physical therapist knows what is causing that tight band feeling or if they do, they don’t know how to get rid of it. I’ve never seen a solution on this site either. Very frustrating!

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Have you read anything about nerve injury during surgery??

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I suggest you start reading about nerve injury s/p surgery. My whole lower leg feels tight plus I have numbness in bottom of foot. This is due to either a snipped nerve (bad) or a stretched nerve. In my research a stretched nerve takes 6 – 12 wks to resolve. A snipped, cut, or lacerated nerve takes 6 -12 months or longer or may never heal. Good luck. I have foot drop and wear a brace since surgery. I am 6wks out of RTKA and there has been no change to these problems…Surgeon says 3-6 months, because nerve was stretched during surgery, for foot drop to correct itself. We'll see. Giving it another 6wks…

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I had a tkr 5 years ago. The tight band feeling just below the knee. Its starts on the left to the right side. Feels like someone put a tight band around my knee. Gets tighter as I excercise. I'v fallen 11 times when climbing over things. I go to lift my leg the pain get more intense then I don't lift it high enough and trip. I've had to quit golf, hickinging, long walks. Now I have to go in for the other knee. Starting to have night mares thinking of it.

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