Hello @JustinMcClanahan and thank you for allowing me to join and thank you for the link!
I'm 7 weeks out from my knee replacement. I had a lot of problems the first 4 weeks because I had a huge hematoma, which added to the swelling after surgery. My drain fell out, I don't even think it was even put in. It was just laying next to me on my bed.
At my first PT, two days after surgery, I had "Range of motion – Initially range of motion 20-86 degrees of the right knee. After interventions patient had range of motion 11-93°." That was a horrific experience with PT, not because of the therapist working on me. There was a PT over seeing a student and he was very hyperactive and annoying, pacing back and forth and playing with a ball, while watching me. He suddenly left the opposite side of the table from my PT, then turned towards me, leaned over, grabbed my ankle and pushed it as hard and a fast as he could towards my butt. I was in shock and the pain made me scream out. He was actually violent! That was the end of my PT.
That night my leg started to swell more, turned redish pink and hurt more than before. I took a picture with my phone and sent to my doctor because I thought it might be infected. I had an x-ray and saw the doctor the next morning. That's when I was told I had a large hematoma.
My range of motion never got back to 11-93° It had actually gotten worse when bending it. I don't know what AROM is or PROM means.
Knee extension: -8dg AROM
Knee extension: -4dg PROM
Knee flexion: 82dg
I saw my doctor again a few days later, the back of my knee turned black. At this point I was told not to go PT and just rest but do my home exercises, which I did.
At 4 weeks they finally aspirated it, it was full of blood. No, it didn't help the pain or swelling once the lidocaine wore off. The doctor was talking about a manipulation at the 4 week mark, and that scared me.
My last visit with my doctor was March 5th and my report reads "the patient has approximately-3 to 90°"
I've been going to a new PT and as of Saturday his report is -5 to 115°
I spent 4 weeks in a hotel because I live 1200 miles away. I've been visiting a relative for two weeks now and go back to see the doctor this week.
He wants to do a manual manipulation because I'm not making enough improvement.
Do you or anyone else know if there are there any other options besides a manipulation?