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?

@lizzyisme

There is a board you can look at and participate in. CRPS is “complex regional pain syndrome “ check out on Google.

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Do you have a lot of pain with CRPS? I don't have much pain, just tightness. The band feeling is usually less when I first get up and then tightens with increased movement. It's more aggravating and limits movement than painful. I looked on Google and from what I read, it doesn't seem to fit my symptoms. What are your symptoms and treatment?

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For me, deep achy, pins and needles, on the knee area were primary main pain symptoms. Now it’s swelling, hot feeling on knee, spontaneous piercing. My treatment consists of nerve blocks (two so far), Flector patch, cream. I’m am doing much better then when I was first diagnosed. Doctors say treating early is key. If you read others stories you will see how many have continuous pain, I’m just praying the pain doesn’t spread to other areas ,

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@lizzyisme

For me, deep achy, pins and needles, on the knee area were primary main pain symptoms. Now it’s swelling, hot feeling on knee, spontaneous piercing. My treatment consists of nerve blocks (two so far), Flector patch, cream. I’m am doing much better then when I was first diagnosed. Doctors say treating early is key. If you read others stories you will see how many have continuous pain, I’m just praying the pain doesn’t spread to other areas ,

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Thanks for your response. Sounds like you may have something different than I am experiencing since you have more pain and don't have the tight band feeling…correct? Glad to hear the treatment is helping you and pray that it doesn't spread.

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I have been having this very same issue. My first and left knee was done October 2018.. I have had this tight, rubber band sqeezing sensation since the numbness went away. Surgical numbness.. I still have numbness around that knee. It doesn't hurt but drives me nuts at times.. It hasn't changed in severity either. It's been 6 months now and I am over it. I am considering dry needling to see if can loosen up whatever is causing this sensation. My physician also says it will go away some day. I had my right knee done in December 2018.. it feels more normal.. no tightness post op. I would appreciate and advice help.. My range of motion is excellent in both knees. Thank you

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@medinafive

I have been having this very same issue. My first and left knee was done October 2018.. I have had this tight, rubber band sqeezing sensation since the numbness went away. Surgical numbness.. I still have numbness around that knee. It doesn't hurt but drives me nuts at times.. It hasn't changed in severity either. It's been 6 months now and I am over it. I am considering dry needling to see if can loosen up whatever is causing this sensation. My physician also says it will go away some day. I had my right knee done in December 2018.. it feels more normal.. no tightness post op. I would appreciate and advice help.. My range of motion is excellent in both knees. Thank you

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@medinafive I have had this feeling since my TKR in Oct 2017. Went through 4 months of PT, astym and dry needling. I have great ROM but still have this tight band compression feeling just below my knee and lower leg. I have never received any explanation for this, from my surgeon or from this website, other than it might go away or it may not. Praying that you find an answer. So sorry this has afflicted you too.

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It’s been almost 1 year since my Tkr on right knee. I too feel tightness, phantom pain at times as though knee being strangled. No answers as to why this is so.

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@medinafive

I have been having this very same issue. My first and left knee was done October 2018.. I have had this tight, rubber band sqeezing sensation since the numbness went away. Surgical numbness.. I still have numbness around that knee. It doesn't hurt but drives me nuts at times.. It hasn't changed in severity either. It's been 6 months now and I am over it. I am considering dry needling to see if can loosen up whatever is causing this sensation. My physician also says it will go away some day. I had my right knee done in December 2018.. it feels more normal.. no tightness post op. I would appreciate and advice help.. My range of motion is excellent in both knees. Thank you

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@medinafive – Welcome to Connect! I've had two TKRs but thankful did not have that tightening sensation with either one. I see you are already getting good responses from people who know what it's like! You said you were considering dry needling – have you already been doing acupuncture to get relief? That was helpful to me. I'm 12 weeks out and I'm still doing acupuncture once a month.

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@scgraham

@medinafive I have had this feeling since my TKR in Oct 2017. Went through 4 months of PT, astym and dry needling. I have great ROM but still have this tight band compression feeling just below my knee and lower leg. I have never received any explanation for this, from my surgeon or from this website, other than it might go away or it may not. Praying that you find an answer. So sorry this has afflicted you too.

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Thank you for your reply.. it's such a strange feeling, it doesn't hurt it's just there.. only when walking, standing etc. It's nice to know I'm not alone in this…

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@scgraham

@medinafive I have had this feeling since my TKR in Oct 2017. Went through 4 months of PT, astym and dry needling. I have great ROM but still have this tight band compression feeling just below my knee and lower leg. I have never received any explanation for this, from my surgeon or from this website, other than it might go away or it may not. Praying that you find an answer. So sorry this has afflicted you too.

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Dang, that's a long time… I hope your goes away too.. such a strange thing with no answers to why? Good luck

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@lizzyisme

It’s been almost 1 year since my Tkr on right knee. I too feel tightness, phantom pain at times as though knee being strangled. No answers as to why this is so.

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Oh man, a year? I think I will be driven nuts by then… I guess we learn to live with it. I don't have any pain.. I hope you can find some relief.

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I am 3 1/2 weeks post Tkr and I have that same feeling. It does ease up occasionally and was told that it will eventually let up. Let’s hope so…

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@ibfinetwo

I am 3 1/2 weeks post Tkr and I have that same feeling. It does ease up occasionally and was told that it will eventually let up. Let’s hope so…

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I'm 16 weeks post tkr and still have tight band which I think might be from fluid around the knee which doesn't seem to go away. My Dr. Is hopeful it will go away in time. I hope he's right.

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