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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@karmakat1

I'm only 11 days out from TKR and I know that feeling. I have gone to PT 3 times thus far and it really is helpful. You MUST do exercises for that knee. Did they show you any to do? Some I do are heel slides, leg lifts, gentle squats, etc. I would go on-line if you aren't going to PT and find some beginning exercises. There are some out there with good pictures. Good luck.

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I’m 15 mths post tkr & still have the very tight feeling round the knee but no pain. I continue to walk, aqua aerobics etc as much as I can & hope it will feel better as time goes on.

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Did your doctor say when it will go?

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I am 18 months post LTKR and 8 weeks post RTKR. Left is still very painful but Right seems on track. Left IT band very tight and kneecap painful. I was very knock kneed so Dr and PT hoping two straight legs will eventually sort me out. I am afraid to have any sort of surgical intervention, but deep in my heart, I think something not right with Left side. My pain keeps me from living my life. I have not sought second opinion, but thinking it may be time. Anyone had luck with things sorting out? I want to give it time, but what about the pain control in the interim?

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@rennie

I am 18 months post LTKR and 8 weeks post RTKR. Left is still very painful but Right seems on track. Left IT band very tight and kneecap painful. I was very knock kneed so Dr and PT hoping two straight legs will eventually sort me out. I am afraid to have any sort of surgical intervention, but deep in my heart, I think something not right with Left side. My pain keeps me from living my life. I have not sought second opinion, but thinking it may be time. Anyone had luck with things sorting out? I want to give it time, but what about the pain control in the interim?

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18 months is long enough. Get a second opinion.

And talk with a physical therapist, specifically for ways to stretch the illio tibial band (ITB). It can be tough to stretch. I stand straight, knees locked, and cross one foot over the other, both feet flat on the floor. Bend down as far as you can and you should feel a stretch in the ITB of the leg that is not crossed. Do it for both sides.

All the best!

Joe

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@jammyjan123

Hi, I'm also 8 weeks TKR and my knee is still very tight, sometimes I cannot bend it when walking, I'm in the UK and I do my exercises, elevate, ice. But so far only had one physio. It's not nice and can be painful when it becomes really tight.

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What kind of stretching are you doing Jan?

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I am 14 weeks out from my TKR surgery and still have that tight feeling around my knee when I walk . I am not sure if it is muscle tightness (it feels tighter after I exercise) or scar tissue. It does not hurt or restrict me from walking, and I am hopeful it will eventually subside with continued exercise and stretching. What's interesting is, when I sit in my recliner with the footrest extended all the way, I can pull up both knees equally quite a ways (keeping my feet on the footrest)–no pain, no tightness. I haven't always been able to do that. Makes me think that, in time, I will break through the tightness. And when I lie in bed at night, there is no pressure or tightness around the knee. It feels normal. So I encourage you to be patient and keep doing stretches and exercise, as am I.
Melinda

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I had that for 21/2 years. It also became very painful. The implant was too big and not stable. I just did a knee revision because i vouldnt walk from pain getting do bad

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