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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@jammyjan123

Im 6 weeks tomorrow TKR someone told me to but some cream to rub over the scar to help it geel more and fad, is that advisable. I don't see my consultant until 13th July I'm using moisturiser to help soften the skin. (I'm in the uk) my knee is still very tight and stiff at times. We appear to do thing different here I haven't seen my physio yes not until 7th July I was given exercises to do, quite basic.

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You are very early in recovery so stiffness and tightness is pretty normal. Do your exercises every day to help reduce scar tissue and improve mobility. I am still using a CBD cream on my knee for pain at night. Massage and icing help as well to reduce swelling. Saw massage therapist this week and he did myofascial release, cupping, extracorporeal pulse activation technology (like mini jack hammer), and put on roc tape to stay on for a few days. I honestly feel less pain now. Not sure how many visits I will need, but a few I think. Health insurance doesn’t pay but I don’t care if it works. Just be patient as it may take longer than you think.

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@mpirruccel

You are very early in recovery so stiffness and tightness is pretty normal. Do your exercises every day to help reduce scar tissue and improve mobility. I am still using a CBD cream on my knee for pain at night. Massage and icing help as well to reduce swelling. Saw massage therapist this week and he did myofascial release, cupping, extracorporeal pulse activation technology (like mini jack hammer), and put on roc tape to stay on for a few days. I honestly feel less pain now. Not sure how many visits I will need, but a few I think. Health insurance doesn’t pay but I don’t care if it works. Just be patient as it may take longer than you think.

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I am two years out (07/07/2020) and still have a tight band like what you get with a blood pressure cuff. I have now been diagnosed with internal infection. Been on antibiotics for three weeks and band is a lot lighter. My constant background pain is also gone.

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Wow! Infection diagnosis at 2 years. I’ve had a complete blood panel recently which was normal so not suspecting infection but anything is possible. Unfortunately I can’t take much in the way of antibiotics as I have had CDif so don’t want to risk getting it again. Plus could cause flare up of diverticulitis. Good luck to you!

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@jammyjan123

Im 6 weeks tomorrow TKR someone told me to but some cream to rub over the scar to help it geel more and fad, is that advisable. I don't see my consultant until 13th July I'm using moisturiser to help soften the skin. (I'm in the uk) my knee is still very tight and stiff at times. We appear to do thing different here I haven't seen my physio yes not until 7th July I was given exercises to do, quite basic.

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You’re only 6 wks post which is very early in the process! Check with ur Dr re putting cream over scar. I’m 14 mths post tkr & it always feels very tight but no pain. I’m not sure if this will ever go completely.
Good luck – give it time, do ur PT & home exercises.

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@didlick

You’re only 6 wks post which is very early in the process! Check with ur Dr re putting cream over scar. I’m 14 mths post tkr & it always feels very tight but no pain. I’m not sure if this will ever go completely.
Good luck – give it time, do ur PT & home exercises.

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Do the medical staff say why it remains tight? After my PKR 15 months ago the tightness seems in large part due to skin less elastic from below over and above the knee compared to the other leg. As if somehow some skin was removed.

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@nicelymanifest

Do the medical staff say why it remains tight? After my PKR 15 months ago the tightness seems in large part due to skin less elastic from below over and above the knee compared to the other leg. As if somehow some skin was removed.

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No, the Dr doesn’t actually point to the reason for tightness. I’m no dr. but I really don’t think it’s to do with what you mention re. the skin

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@didlick

No, the Dr doesn’t actually point to the reason for tightness. I’m no dr. but I really don’t think it’s to do with what you mention re. the skin

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Thanks. But as many others experience this tightness you might imagine that the cause was explored …

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Hi, I am a little over 5 months out of T K R. I still have that tight band feeling around my knee. It is not as often as it was in the beginning. Ice wrap helps it calm down. Hope this helps.

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@ammaw52

Hi, I am a little over 5 months out of T K R. I still have that tight band feeling around my knee. It is not as often as it was in the beginning. Ice wrap helps it calm down. Hope this helps.

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So strange or just stupid that I never tried an ice wrap! I tried a far infrared lamp and tens device but not clear there was any benefit after a number of sessions.

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I am 11 months out and still in pain unfortunately, especially the stairs in our home. I am currently getting myofascial release therapy and shock wave therapy for the pain. Have had two treatments and see some relief but not enough to quit. Will need about 4 more sessions to see if this works. Otherwise there is nerve ablation but I have only a 50:50 chance of it working. Also wear rock tape around knee cap which helps. Surgeon certainly never said anything about chronic pain for months on end. They think if joint looks good you are ok.

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@mpirruccel

I am 11 months out and still in pain unfortunately, especially the stairs in our home. I am currently getting myofascial release therapy and shock wave therapy for the pain. Have had two treatments and see some relief but not enough to quit. Will need about 4 more sessions to see if this works. Otherwise there is nerve ablation but I have only a 50:50 chance of it working. Also wear rock tape around knee cap which helps. Surgeon certainly never said anything about chronic pain for months on end. They think if joint looks good you are ok.

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Where do they work your legs in that therapy? I tries all sorts of massages on all parts of my legs but never found any release.

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@nicelymanifest

Where do they work your legs in that therapy? I tries all sorts of massages on all parts of my legs but never found any release.

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I go to a certified massage therapist for the MFR althoughyou might find a PT that does this. He deeply massages around my knee and up my thigh. It feels much better after. You could also go to you tube where many PTs have videos. Hope you find some relief!

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