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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@sueinmn

I don't know if it is, just that people who have it find us on Connect and share their experiences. Who knows how many people out there just breeze through?
Sue

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I think you are right Sue. People come to Connect to learn more about post surgery experiences and they want answers. That is exactly why I am here. Two orthopedic doctors and 3 different PTs had no answers for me.

Folks from all over come to this site, and it was my prayer that someone knew what this tight band feeling was, and what might be done to help it.

Apparently, those of us who have had it more than 18 months post surgery may not expect any meaningful change. It wasn’t what I wanted to hear, believe me.

I have learned a few things. I’m not alone. There are worse things that can happen post surgery. I can actually live with this.

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@sueinmn

I don't know if it is, just that people who have it find us on Connect and share their experiences. Who knows how many people out there just breeze through?
Sue

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Didn’t breeze through. Both knees tight banded. Dr says needs to redo them “with more spacing”?

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@scgraham

I think you are right Sue. People come to Connect to learn more about post surgery experiences and they want answers. That is exactly why I am here. Two orthopedic doctors and 3 different PTs had no answers for me.

Folks from all over come to this site, and it was my prayer that someone knew what this tight band feeling was, and what might be done to help it.

Apparently, those of us who have had it more than 18 months post surgery may not expect any meaningful change. It wasn’t what I wanted to hear, believe me.

I have learned a few things. I’m not alone. There are worse things that can happen post surgery. I can actually live with this.

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If you don't want to "live with it" are you willing to try a couple more things that others have found helpful for hard-to-resolve issues?

I had unexplained stiffness in my legs after repeated total hip replacements and revisions. I did all the therapy, for many months, but couldn't quite get the total motion I expected.

Acupuncture plus my PT finally did the trick. I can't explain why it helped but it did.

Others here have used MFR myocardial release, to good effect.

Finally, when I had intractable pain in my spine and most of my body, I saw a PT who focused on each impingement used manipulation and MFR to release it, and designed a specific stretch or exercise for that area. I still do them once most days to maintain, or more often when in pain.

None of these is easy to find, and usually requires continued effort over time by you , with periodic "tune ups" by the practitioner. It's worth it for me to keep moving, chasing young grands, traveling and dancing.
Sue

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Over the past four years I have done all these things, plus Astym, dry needling and MUA. Sadly, nothing has worked. Many thanks to my doctor, PT and chiropractor who tried everything they knew to make this better.

Some days I cope better than others. But have not given up hope that one day some doctor will actually confirm what this is and have a solution.

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My Knee replacement is 3 years old. I have full range of motion. However, it feels like there is a tight band around my knee. I also have a tender spot right below my outer knee. My other knee is starting to give me trouble and my doctor is recommending another replacement. I feel the same way you do. It doesn’t make sense to have a 2nd knee replacement and i end up with the same outcome. I think I will pass on it until i get some relief!

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@cbatteast

My Knee replacement is 3 years old. I have full range of motion. However, it feels like there is a tight band around my knee. I also have a tender spot right below my outer knee. My other knee is starting to give me trouble and my doctor is recommending another replacement. I feel the same way you do. It doesn’t make sense to have a 2nd knee replacement and i end up with the same outcome. I think I will pass on it until i get some relief!

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I also have that tender spot right below my outer knee. If I bend my knee the wrong way that tender spot becomes an "electric pain" and I have to immediately straighten my leg to get relief. I would wait until your first TKR is satisfactory before getting a second. I am 5 weeks post-op and will need a Manipulation Under Anesthesia in the near future. My ROM is 94 degrees.

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@cbatteast

My Knee replacement is 3 years old. I have full range of motion. However, it feels like there is a tight band around my knee. I also have a tender spot right below my outer knee. My other knee is starting to give me trouble and my doctor is recommending another replacement. I feel the same way you do. It doesn’t make sense to have a 2nd knee replacement and i end up with the same outcome. I think I will pass on it until i get some relief!

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Thinking you are making right choice to not do surgery. If I had to do it over, I would have figured out a way to not have mine done. There should be therapy for your original knee. Just was looking on Amazon for books by McKenzie, for back issues and he has one on knee maintenance. Hoping your surgical knee improves.

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Two weeks out right knee replacement…. I also have that tight band feeling …,, I started pt last week I have been try to push through a little more with each stretch…..has anyone ever broken the band on there own if so which exercise might be the most helpful….. thank you any help greatly appreciated

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@ezas123

Two weeks out right knee replacement…. I also have that tight band feeling …,, I started pt last week I have been try to push through a little more with each stretch…..has anyone ever broken the band on there own if so which exercise might be the most helpful….. thank you any help greatly appreciated

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I’m wondering if the joint they put in isn’t too large? And it spreads the knee and ligaments too far. And hence our tight bands.

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@futureglory

I’m wondering if the joint they put in isn’t too large? And it spreads the knee and ligaments too far. And hence our tight bands.

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Right now I am confident in my dr that everting is right that has to be in there …..just tells me have i to break through band or they will do under local ….. how do you push yourself through that much pain ….. I try and push a little harder ever exercise only to wake up feeling like in same place in morning……trust me i heard stories from people where they feel it just broke and they were sore but great….. that’s why I am asking if anyone know of a manipulation that may have helped …. Thank you for feedback I appreciate it

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@ezas123

Two weeks out right knee replacement…. I also have that tight band feeling …,, I started pt last week I have been try to push through a little more with each stretch…..has anyone ever broken the band on there own if so which exercise might be the most helpful….. thank you any help greatly appreciated

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In my experience, I am 4 months post TKR surgeon used new robot to help. My therapist had me in his office day I got home to begin therapy.
I went to him 6 weeks preop to prepare for surgery. That tight band feeling is gone. I attribute it to having an excellent surgeon and excellent physical therapist. So far am doing very well they say. So far it has been much easier after three months than my reverse total shoulder replacement a few years ago, of which I had the same surgeon and therapist. Where I go for therapy I have my same therapist every single visit. He has been amazing. I have to be careful not to overwork it and still need to strengthen more to go up n downstairs normally. Sometimes have a little pain where it goes into the tibia but both tell me it’s early give everything a year to heal. Would do it again as I don’t have that horrible pain before. Same with shoulder. Even though I still see therapist every 4-8 weeks for dry needling of shoulder cause sometimes I overdue things but that helps everytime. Taping helps me too.
Good luck.

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It seems every day the main topic is “tight band feeling” . If this is so prevalent, why don’t we hear of research into this problem? Why don’t we hear from a fine institution like the Mayo Clinic into causes and cures ? There should be something on this site about it.Don’t you think that this problem should be catching someone’s attention.Maybe there is something about it and I’m missing it. I realize this is a website for patients.But it seems like we’re spinning our wheels on this issue
Chickenhaslips

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