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?

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@suewilliamaon

I’m 4 months post TKR a right one…I had a tight band immediately after all around my ankle,and toes…no change ever. Also Tight from ankle up the front on leg to knee which I guess is normal. Just had tests which conclude not nerve damage from knee. MRI next week on my back. Rather depressing.Not easy for others to comprehend, but constant discomfort.

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I can understand completely bc I experience the same thing. I am 11 mos out of surgery and I can tell you that the intense feeling of tightness and pressure has not gone away but it is a bit less intense at this point. I am remaining hopeful it will continue to improve. I am grateful I can walk without pain but if overdone, it will feel more tight for a couple more days.
If you find from spinal mri that there is a connection to what you and I are experiencing,,
I hope you will post for others consideration.
Peace and Blessings

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@judybearden1

I have the same thing. I describe it as equal to the tourniquet used when they draw blood. I did go to a PT that has at least heard about this symptom. She performed myofascial release for 6 months twice a week. It would feel better when I left but then it would tighten up again after a couple hours. I wish there was a doctor on here that could at least provide some type of explanation.

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Be patient. If mfr gave relief even momentarily, this is a lead to understanding the healing process. How long are you post tkr? I am 11 months out and about a month ago notice a bit less of that tight pressure and band feeling in the lower leg.
Too bad most Drs. Dont get taught about all the aspects that surgery interrupts with soft tissue recovery.
Don't give up hope and consider continuing with MFR with knowledgable therapist.
Hope this helps.

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@autp17

I have problems with my right IT Band after my TKR. Nothing has helped. One day I can go up 20 stairs and the next a few. I still can't go down any stairs even an inch high.

Sorry you are having problems.

Thanks,
Terri

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How long has it been since surgery?
I am now 11 mos out and just now am noticing minute improvements. Dont do any drastic intervention until sufficient healing time has resulted. My Dr said 12-18 mos is not out of the realm of ordinary. Have you had any recommendations for increased B vitamins to facilitate nerve healing? Research that possibility.
Best wishes

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@stp258

No, it is like a 4 inch wide taut resistance band around the entire knee. I have good ROM, but very annoying.

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Dont give up. Soft tissue Healing takes a lot of tume for many individuals. I am 11 mos out and just now am realizing less band tightness

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@ruthannejoan

Dont give up. Soft tissue Healing takes a lot of tume for many individuals. I am 11 mos out and just now am realizing less band tightness

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Thank you. I guess I just need more patience.

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@ruthannejoan

I can understand completely bc I experience the same thing. I am 11 mos out of surgery and I can tell you that the intense feeling of tightness and pressure has not gone away but it is a bit less intense at this point. I am remaining hopeful it will continue to improve. I am grateful I can walk without pain but if overdone, it will feel more tight for a couple more days.
If you find from spinal mri that there is a connection to what you and I are experiencing,,
I hope you will post for others consideration.
Peace and Blessings

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It is comforting in some way to know there are others out there that can understand how we are feeling! I too am very grateful to no pain in my knee now, and trust and pray new year and time will give some improvement to the rest of my problems and for others, I will certainly post any positive results from MRI, wishing you a happy Christmas.

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@glokart1957

Thank you. I guess I just need more patience.

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Yes, it does. Be patient and vigilant for any changes

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@suewilliamaon

It is comforting in some way to know there are others out there that can understand how we are feeling! I too am very grateful to no pain in my knee now, and trust and pray new year and time will give some improvement to the rest of my problems and for others, I will certainly post any positive results from MRI, wishing you a happy Christmas.

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Good. Be glad to receive information

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@ruthannejoan

Be patient. If mfr gave relief even momentarily, this is a lead to understanding the healing process. How long are you post tkr? I am 11 months out and about a month ago notice a bit less of that tight pressure and band feeling in the lower leg.
Too bad most Drs. Dont get taught about all the aspects that surgery interrupts with soft tissue recovery.
Don't give up hope and consider continuing with MFR with knowledgable therapist.
Hope this helps.

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Hi there @ruthannejoan and @judybearden1, Good words, and recommendations for the TKR healing process. It is not a bad idea to consider MFR with an Expert therapist for quite a few of our recovery issues. I still have my knee checked every week for any cysts or fascia restrictions and it has been at least 5 years.

May you be free of suffering and the causes of suffering.
Chris

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Please explain what MFR is? This is all kinda new to me. thank you.

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@glokart1957

Please explain what MFR is? This is all kinda new to me. thank you.

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@glokart1957 there is a discussion on MFR that has a really good video explaining what it is and how it can help near the top of the discussion.

Myofascial Release Therapy (MFR) for treating compression and pain: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/myofascial-release-therapy-mfr-for-treating-compression-and-pain/

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@johnbishop

@glokart1957 there is a discussion on MFR that has a really good video explaining what it is and how it can help near the top of the discussion.

Myofascial Release Therapy (MFR) for treating compression and pain: https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/myofascial-release-therapy-mfr-for-treating-compression-and-pain/

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Thank you. Will look further into this. Have you done this with good results?

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@glokart1957

Thank you. Will look further into this. Have you done this with good results?

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I've thought about it but haven't found an accredited MFR therapist close to where I live. @artscaping has a lot of experience with MFR and I think she has a lot of relief from her sessions with it.

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@artscaping

@chickenhaslips Thank you for this positive information about the interference of the IT Band issue. I wish everyone had a surgeon who was hanging in there with you through the healing process. Hat’s off to you for your diligence as a patient.

May you be happy and free today.
Chris
PS…..I am framing this one!

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I hesitate to ask, but what responsibly do surgeons or hospitals have when things go wrong? I have concluded over time (2 years) that I do have nerve damage in my 2nd TKR. I have had this amazing PT lately who really focused on my case and what I can do to help my condition. And I follow his lead. But I am saddened that my damage may (will) be permanent and the burden is on me to do certain exercise I guess for a lifetime. And, worried if the nerve damage will get worse. It has started weakening a calf muscle when I run. So, let me say I am better off than some in that I can play a racquet sport successfully twice a week (which was my major goal for TKR). BUT MY AIM WAS 95-100% improvement and for it to last a decade or two. But, is there any recourse with the medical professionals?
I am so sorry to hear of the very serious pain and botched surgeries others have had. Wishing you all the best in 2021!

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I know every case is different but for me the nerve pain is so bad I can’t even take a walk and I met with two different lawyers and both said same exact thing which was , unless someone opened up my knee and found something totally done wrong there is no case because what patients are never told is that 10 to 15 percent of TKR can have some nerve damage. Wish I heard this before

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