Knee replacement with post traumatic osteoarthritis

Posted by rtbadleg @rtbadleg, Feb 16, 2019

I have a knee that needs replacement but also do to a severe accident I have a titanium rod from hip to knee. I was given a cortisone injection into the knee capsule and can not have surgery for 3 mos I have been told. I have extreme pain at times in the knee and need to know how to immobilize the knee so I can survive till surgery. I have a farm and must do the work there is no one else. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks

@johnbishop

Hello @rtbadleg, I would like to add my welcome to Connect along with @lisalucier and other members. I have bone on bone along with advanced degenerative arthritis in my right knee. I did have a cortisone shot in the knee last summer and it did help me with the pain until I kneeled down on the concrete driveway to work on drain pipe. I'm meeting with orthopedics on the 27th to hopefully schedule a date in late March or early April for a knee replacement. After the pain came back when I knelt on the concrete the doctor gave me a prescription for a pain creme but it really didn't help much. It's more of an ache than a throbbing or sharp pain but it really bothers me at night when I'm trying to sleep.

I did buy a couple of different styles of knee sleeves that helped a little with the walking. One I liked had a gel cap around the knee cap and seemed to keep it from flexing too much. I got it at a medical store. What has helped me more than anything has been to focus on pre-knee surgery exercises which has given the knee a little more strength. I've been doing them for the past 4 months or so when I started thinking about getting a knee replacement. It has kept my knee somewhat flexible and the pain is not as bad when I bend it a little.

Hope your surgery goes well.

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Probably a silly question but how bad does the cortisone shot hurt? I just had my right knee replaced on 1-23-2019 and am having a slow recovery. I know I'll probably have to get Cortisone shots for the left knee ( once the surgeon approves) because I'm using all of my PT this year for my right knee (outpatient, I get 30 sessions) My friend says they hurt for a minute which beats months of post op pain but I just wanted to hear the pain level from someone else!

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@dkapustin

Probably a silly question but how bad does the cortisone shot hurt? I just had my right knee replaced on 1-23-2019 and am having a slow recovery. I know I'll probably have to get Cortisone shots for the left knee ( once the surgeon approves) because I'm using all of my PT this year for my right knee (outpatient, I get 30 sessions) My friend says they hurt for a minute which beats months of post op pain but I just wanted to hear the pain level from someone else!

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I didn't think it really hurt at all but it may have been the skill of the person doing the shot ☺

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@dkapustin

Probably a silly question but how bad does the cortisone shot hurt? I just had my right knee replaced on 1-23-2019 and am having a slow recovery. I know I'll probably have to get Cortisone shots for the left knee ( once the surgeon approves) because I'm using all of my PT this year for my right knee (outpatient, I get 30 sessions) My friend says they hurt for a minute which beats months of post op pain but I just wanted to hear the pain level from someone else!

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I got cortisone shots in my knee every four months for 2+ years before having a TKR. They really didn’t hurt much at all. However my sister-in-law said hers were painful.

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I know it hurts “a little” but a minute of pain looks alot more appealing than the months of pain from a knee replacement. Lol

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@dkapustin

Probably a silly question but how bad does the cortisone shot hurt? I just had my right knee replaced on 1-23-2019 and am having a slow recovery. I know I'll probably have to get Cortisone shots for the left knee ( once the surgeon approves) because I'm using all of my PT this year for my right knee (outpatient, I get 30 sessions) My friend says they hurt for a minute which beats months of post op pain but I just wanted to hear the pain level from someone else!

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@dkapustin I have had many cortisone shots, both knees, and both hips, from many different doctors. I did also have Synvisc shots for my knees and those did hurt a bit, briefly. For me though, they helped enough to definitely be worth it. They tend to do Synvisc when the cortisone no longer helps much.
If you do find yourself getting Synvisc at some point, I personally prefer the three weekly shots over the one shot. I know a few other people who have found that to help more also.
JK

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@contentandwell

@dkapustin I have had many cortisone shots, both knees, and both hips, from many different doctors. I did also have Synvisc shots for my knees and those did hurt a bit, briefly. For me though, they helped enough to definitely be worth it. They tend to do Synvisc when the cortisone no longer helps much.
If you do find yourself getting Synvisc at some point, I personally prefer the three weekly shots over the one shot. I know a few other people who have found that to help more also.
JK

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Good to know, thank you!

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