Scar tissue after knee replacement
I had knee replacement surgery 6 weeks ago . Through PT I have been working on breaking up the scar tissue only for it to regrow by the time I get back to PT two days later. I have been massaging at home, using a hand held massager and roller. It is painful and swollen. I am getting very disheartened. Any suggestions as to what else I can do. Has anyone had laser treatments to break up scar tissue? Were they effective?
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How bad is a reflssion on a tkr
@kibe75, In my own opinion, 8-116 is nothing to beat yourself up over. Heck, I’m 11 years out and was never able to reach 116 degrees. I’d be encouraged that you are gaining, even if it is slow. The pain will get better as things settle down more and level out, it just took time. I know the feeling though. The pain I experienced from my replacement was like steady, but intense rolling waves crashing to shore. It was a relentless throbbing for me that would be dulled with pain medications but never fully subside. It did get better, and now I have no pain, compared to the daily level 10 pain I had in the knee pre-surgery. I’m glad your family doctor was able to get you some refills to help with your pain. Trying to do physical therapy and rehab while in excessive pain made the recovery so much more difficult because you don’t want to do you your exercises.
i reached 121 and PT wanted more. Been about 5 years and still have some pain after golf and walking so i ride a bike. That seems to be the best for me. I was told i needed the left done and i said who me? Momma didn’t raise a dummy. I went to stem cells. Tends to work, sometimes pain but no arthritis in knee and the knee brace they give you to work out in and play golf etc really works. If i had a do over i would have had stems done on both knees. I hear all the arguments. Expensive, how long will it last, etc so i will see how it goes. 2 years and doing fine. My DR said a client from France came over for it. One thing to beware of make sure the drs are trained in it. I notice chiropractors etc are doing it. Be careful out there and do your homework if u opt for stem cells.
I have had the pain shots no good. Had the spinal pain device installed, as a trial. No good. Now see another doctor who fixes mistakes from other doctors. 18 Months I have had enough!
New to group today, had tkr done 4 years ago. Started out fine but had a Depuy knee put in originally which was determined to be faulty, so had a tk revision (2 revisions) done and had an Attune knee put in. That was in 2016. On top of it, my femoral nerve was nicked during the original surgery to top it off. I have had almost everything done everyone on here talks about. Therapy, massages, pain meds, and just recently had the spinal stimulator put in my back to help with some of the numbness and sever tingling down the inside of my knee/leg. that is helping there, but, since about November 2017, my mobility and the amount of stiffness has gotten to the point that I am now relegated to using at least 1 crutch and a good share of the time 2 crutches to get around. I had been a very active wildland fire fighter until this year (41 years) when the knee pain got to the point that I could not tolerate it any longer and have been seeing and using my spine and pain specialist for over a year for help. I am on 600 mg gabapentin 4 times a day and 10-325 mg of Percocet every 6 hours as needed. This only, as many say, dulls the pain, but does nothing for the stiffness. So I have cut back on the meds to times I only need it worst so that is generally once, maybe twice a day. I am getting trigger point injections in the nerves in my left lower leg (leg where I had the tkr done) and will soon be getting another nerve obligation done, along with physical therapy, to try and improve my mobility. I too am in a place where no one seems to want to touch my knee/leg for some reason yet, I think besides the nerve issue, that I have the unrealistic buildup of scar tissue that also needs to be treated but, I don’t know where to turn to. It’s really frustrating when your original TKR literally falls out with the revision (had 2 revisions and 1 orthoscopic procedure done) due to faulty components that led to this situation. I have seen well over 30+ different doctors, neurologists, orthopedic specialists, pain specialists, on and on, and I am willing to try and do almost everything to help get rid of at least some of the pain and stiffness. I know I will never be totally free of it, but even a 50% reduction would be unreal. 7 months ago, I could till my garden, mow my lawn, blow snow out of drive, and on and on. But now, I am luck to walk our to my barn, just about 200 feet, with my crutches. So very disheartening. Any ideas, suggestions, please let me know. I am game for it all. Thanks
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I had left TKR in August 2016. Knee still swells, warmth and steps are a challenge. Outside leg is still numb feeling. Surgeon told me sometimes it takes awhile to heal. Every night it still aches as bad as the right one which needs to be replaced also, but I refuse until I know what is going on with the left. I walked this summer 3-5 miles daily outdoors, now I workout at local wellness center, doing treadmill, recumbent elipitcal and leg press machine. I also do stretching exercises in between that was done thru OT following surgery. Bending is no problem. I can bend it all the way. Sitting or standing long periods of time are terrible. My main complaint is the aching I experience nightly. No issue when I get up in the morning. Wonder if anyone else has had any of this type of pain? I have an appt on Feb 8th with a different orthopedic clinic for a second opinion. Thanks, any info would be great!
Welcome to Connect and thank you for posting your question about knee replacement pain. I moved your discussion to an existing discussion on scar tissue after knee replacement. Although your issue may not be scar tissue, I moved your post because I wanted to introduce you to all of the members discussion knee replacements. If you are responding by email, I always suggest clicking on VIEW & REPLY so that you will be brought to where your post is and it so that you can also read through other members’ posts about their experiences as well.
@dmweber, I had a knee replacement myself in March 2006. Like you, I had a heck of a time recovering. I had to have two manipulations to break up my scar tissue and even then my mobility was not great. Eventually, closer to 2 years post op, I ended up with 0-105 movement. My situation sounds similar to you as well in regards to pain. I also ride bike, do leg presses, and am quite active. I have noticed that if I overdo it on the leg press (too much weight or too many reps) I will get a dull, but persistent, ache in my knee during the night. Do you notice your knee pain is worse on days you are active or days you use the leg press? I was told my knee is structurally sound, so whatever pain I am experiencing is in the soft tissues surrounding the knee, whether it be muscles or the scar tissue that is on the top of my knee. Has anyone mentioned scar tissue as a potential culprit for your pain?
I quit the leg presses. Do leg lifts with no weights and just do a lot of them. 5 years later still swollen, but i bike and golf. Notice in the winter the knee aches from the cold. But it is what it is, put up with it and move on i say.