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Sun, Mar 29 7:01pm · Swelling and stiffness, 3 years after total knee replacement in Joint Replacements

@contentandwell : Worth trying. When I said the therapist measured my legs, he actually measured where my heels lined up after a series of push-pull-tug exercises. So it may have been the leg length – most likely, or some pre-existing issue with hips or knees that got magnified after the TKR. I admit that I may well have had legs of different lengths before, but never aware of the fact, and never causing any problems until after TKR.

Sun, Mar 29 6:27am · Swelling and stiffness, 3 years after total knee replacement in Joint Replacements

@tennisgolf : I can only comment regarding leg length. About 6 months after TKR, once I got back up to brisk walking speed, I developed problems with hip pain. PT, followed by a cortisone injection, did not help. Therapist compared leg lengths and found a small, 1/3” difference. I got custom orthotics made, and within 2 to 3 weeks the hip pain disappeared. I keep the orthotics in my running shoes, so I only wear them for exercise, or extended shopping trips. Still, even wearing them only for those few hours have solved the problem.

Sun, Mar 29 4:20am · Swelling and stiffness, 3 years after total knee replacement in Joint Replacements

@bengalady : Just happened to see your post this morning while browsing. Your comment about no being able to get up from the ground made me concerned, and curious. I’ve had a pretty successful right knee TKR 18 months ago, and I can’t kneel on that leg either. I’m lucky that I have no problems getting up or down on the floor, but – I tried to find an easy way to get off the ground, and perhaps you can try that. Get into a sitting position while on the floor, put both hands on the floor, next to your shoulders on the same side of the body, twist slightly so it looks like you want to do a push-up, rotate so you are balanced on your hands and feet (all the weight can be on your “good” leg/foot, the other one doesn’t really need to do much), and then either walk your feet toward your hands, or if that is not possible, “walk” your hands back toward your feet, and straighten up. Neither of your knees ever needs to be in contact with the ground. There you go!

Sat, Mar 14 5:55am · Physical Therapy with or without pain medication? in Bones, Joints & Muscles

@bushy: If it helps you, by all means take some pain medication before PT. When I had my first shoulder surgery (repair of rotator cuff, removal of bone spurs, severing of 1 of my biceps tendons) I was encouraged to do that. However, since I valued my independence – as in driving myself – I never did. My therapist group is very much tuned into each individual patient, so even without pain medication they kept the ouch factor within reason. Another shoulder surgery, knee repair surgery, and finally TKR – all without pain pills for PT, and even post-surgery pain management at home max 9-10 days of opioids in each case….. worked for me.

Sun, Mar 8 7:25pm · Post Knee replacement mobility in Bones, Joints & Muscles

@jmanj : you sound impressive in what your goals were, and what you were able to achieve. Thanks for the advice of a bolster to enable child’s pose. I don’t really do yoga as such, but child’s pose was my favorite relaxing position between sets of planks. I can almost get all the way down to touch my butt to the heels, but just not quite. Should have thought of putting pillow there! Also, as a matter of principle, whenever I get up from any floor exercise, I turn over/onto the TKR side (only single, thank goodness), roll over on the knee, and push up with arms and good leg. As long as I keep my weight on the tibia, not the patella, no problem.

Sun, Mar 8 6:37am · Post Knee replacement mobility in Bones, Joints & Muscles

@bushy : you are at a very early stage in your rehabilitation. I’m sure you follow all instructions given to you by your therapist, and as time passes, any stiffness of the knee will diminish. I had my TKR in September of 2018, and while the knee does get sore or mildly painful if I overdo things, I never ever have any kind of stiffness – not even after a 10 hour flight, sitting wedged in the cheap, narrow airplane seats. That being said, I hate to rain on your parade…. I love to garden, but even with a flex of well beyond 130 there is no way to kneel comfortably. I have tried knee pads, but they are not really helping. The problem is not that I can’t kneel, it’s when I need to lean forward and put weight on my kneecap, as in pulling weeds, that’s a no-no. I have one good knee left, so I can at least kneel one-sided, but it does put a lot more stress on my back. However, as long as I can get the work done, even if it has to be done an hour or so at a time, I’m ok with that.
Wishing you continued success in your recovery!

Sat, Mar 7 4:16am · Night Pain: Using a knee wedge after total knee replacement? in Joint Replacements

@saeternes : I think I addressed this before. I sort of remember that I continued to do some of the knee exercises for a total of about 6 months, mostly because it took me forever (about 4 months) to get full extension. Mostly, I did the flex and extension exercises, squats, and bridges. With daily walking or swimming the leg itself got plenty of exercise in general. I recently checked my extension when sitting on the floor with legs extended straight out, and it seems like the TKR leg is now marginally straighter, or definitely as straight, as the other one.

Mon, Feb 24 2:12am · swimming after rotator cuff surgery in Bones, Joints & Muscles

@oerin : I agree with lioness that you should try to do some swim-specific exercises in the water. Will definitely help recovery process. I did rehab in the pool for my TKR with great results. Regarding the crawl – patience, patience! I had rotator cuff surgeries on either shoulder, and while the right one was more complicated, I was back to playing tennis – with overhead serve motion – after exactly 3 months and 29 days. BUT that motion, somewhat similar to a crawl stroke, was only a limited amount of times, quite wimpy, and not continuous. Realistically, it will take about 9 months to get 90% of strength and flexibility back, and close to 1 year to be as good as new. I started with swimming backstroke after the TKR, since breaststroke was impossible due to the frog kick motion, and have worked my way up to 1/2 mile a few times a week. Perhaps someone with the same surgery who also swims can give you better information.