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?

@erikas

@raymo Welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect, a place to give and get support.

You said you were seeing your OS on the 23rd and if not better asking for a CT scan. Have you had any improvement in symptoms?

I'm wondering if you have considered calling your surgeon and physical therapist to tell them that you are unable to weight on it and therefore can't do PT?

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Yes I have notified PT my OS is on vacation Knee is flunktuating from locking up to tight band am back to using came

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i had replacement surgery 5 1\2 years ago and the tight feeling is still there. I can only walk a few blocks before the tightness is to much. Im having surger in three weeks for a replacement and my surgeon thinks this will cure my knee problem. He said much of the tightness is in many ways do to hips, well I guess we will see! I know one thing im sick and tired of all the miserly I've gone through all these years. Iv been waring a $20 strap on brace from Walgreen's I have been use. do to this knee its caused me to trip 10 times as I dont lift it high enough.

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What are they going to do on the revision surgery to mediate the tightness in the knees? I have the same issue with my knees that were replaced in 2017.
I have been trying knee squats to help with strength in knee area but I have had extreme pain around the knee in the process. I'm desperately trying to find a solution

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@sweede536

i had replacement surgery 5 1\2 years ago and the tight feeling is still there. I can only walk a few blocks before the tightness is to much. Im having surger in three weeks for a replacement and my surgeon thinks this will cure my knee problem. He said much of the tightness is in many ways do to hips, well I guess we will see! I know one thing im sick and tired of all the miserly I've gone through all these years. Iv been waring a $20 strap on brace from Walgreen's I have been use. do to this knee its caused me to trip 10 times as I dont lift it high enough.

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Have you heard of Active Release Technique (A.R.T.). I have IT Band syndrome and had one art yesterday. It has helped me. The Dr. Seems to think 3 or 4 treatments will fix my problem. She focused on my hips and IT Band. Check into it.

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@donmckibben

What are they going to do on the revision surgery to mediate the tightness in the knees? I have the same issue with my knees that were replaced in 2017.
I have been trying knee squats to help with strength in knee area but I have had extreme pain around the knee in the process. I'm desperately trying to find a solution

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Check into Active Release Technique (A.R.T.). I had one treatment and it has helped me. The Dr. said I would need 4 treatments. I would check into it.

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@autp17

Have you heard of Active Release Technique (A.R.T.). I have IT Band syndrome and had one art yesterday. It has helped me. The Dr. Seems to think 3 or 4 treatments will fix my problem. She focused on my hips and IT Band. Check into it.

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Thanks

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@autp17

Check into Active Release Technique (A.R.T.). I had one treatment and it has helped me. The Dr. said I would need 4 treatments. I would check into it.

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Just curious. Was this covered by insurance or did you have to pay out of pocket?

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@judybearden1

Just curious. Was this covered by insurance or did you have to pay out of pocket?

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It is covered by Medicare because it like an adjustment plus the a.r.t.

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@donmckibben

What are they going to do on the revision surgery to mediate the tightness in the knees? I have the same issue with my knees that were replaced in 2017.
I have been trying knee squats to help with strength in knee area but I have had extreme pain around the knee in the process. I'm desperately trying to find a solution

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Same thing happened to me when I did knee squats.Try the leg press machine at a guy .Don’t go all the way down with it.Also try the leg abductor and adductor machine.Put your back against a wall and slide down into a sitting position and hold it for as long as you can.Do straight leg raises while sitting in a chair or lying on your back.These are the exercises my surgeon gave me in lue of squats .

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@chickenhaslips

Hello everyone.Its Chicken has Lips . TKR a year
ago . Severely bothered by ITBand Syndrome from
eight weeks on . In the last six’s weeks it’s gotten
dramatically better. On the advice of my surgeon,I
rode a bike or recumbent one 2-3 days a week, lifted weights 2-3 times a week to build up the leg muscles.And I have added muscle and strength to balance the knee.Also , I got fitted for orthotics. I think that helped a lot too .Before that regimen I tried stretching,ultrasound and PT . I think strengthening the quads and adductor muscles were critical. Good Luck

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I had a TKR 18 weeks ago and have had IT Band Syndrome from day one. I found Active Release Technique (ART) which has helped me. They focus on the hip and IT Band. After 1 treatment I have improved. I will need at least 4 treatments. Check into this if you are still having the problem.

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@chickenhaslips

Same thing happened to me when I did knee squats.Try the leg press machine at a guy .Don’t go all the way down with it.Also try the leg abductor and adductor machine.Put your back against a wall and slide down into a sitting position and hold it for as long as you can.Do straight leg raises while sitting in a chair or lying on your back.These are the exercises my surgeon gave me in lue of squats .

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@chickenhaslips I have been told both by my orthopedist and my physical therapist to not use the leg press. That was confirmed in an article that I recently read on what to not use at the gym. It puts too much pressure on your spine. I thought it would be ideal after a knee replacement to help with my flex but both of those professionals were adamantly against its use.

The other things suggested all sound helpful though.
JK

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@autp17

I had a TKR 18 weeks ago and have had IT Band Syndrome from day one. I found Active Release Technique (ART) which has helped me. They focus on the hip and IT Band. After 1 treatment I have improved. I will need at least 4 treatments. Check into this if you are still having the problem.

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Great news

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