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Wed, Jul 10 1:38pm · scar tissue after knee replacement in Joint Replacements

You can always consult an attorney. I would obtain copies of all your medical records pertaining to your knee and review them. It is very difficult to claim malpractice. You must prove your current outcome would have been different before the care. A friend of mine tore his quad muscle after his second knee replacement. Put the cast on over a small opening with drainage and never tested that drainage. To shorten this year-long story, after multiple surgeries, the Dr. not removing his prosthetic when there was an active infection and saying "I thought it would be OK left in", multiple debridements and ultimately an amputation, he still is fighting his case. Now, if he pursued it he would lose his disability for his seizure disorder and all insurances associated with it because his income bracket would be too high. How is that fair? What is your bend? My ortho says 90 degrees is what they want for success and anything higher is a bonus. The release you sign before surgery saying you understand any and all risks makes them safe from malpractice.

Tue, Mar 26 1:37pm · scar tissue after knee replacement in Joint Replacements

It can take a full year for a TKA to fully heal and just as long for the swelling to go down. As long as you can fully straighten your knee and get at least 90 degrees Physicians (everywhere) consider that a great outcome. You really have to do the work. Stretching, heel slides with a sheet, having somebody push that knee back for you when you hit your own plateau. Hold that stretch for up to 10 minutes and do sets of 5 up to 3 times per day. Roll on an exercise ball. Sit on a porch swing and slowly keep bending your knee and increase your time. Google exercises. There are 2 PT guys that do YouTube videos showing advanced stretching. Are people going to the gym and riding a bike? Forward/back increasing and holding the stretch until a full revolution forward or backward can be done. Lower the seat, move the seat forward to increase the stretch. Stretch the hamstrings, soleus and gastronomic muscles (these all prevent a full ROM if they are tight). I think doing a MUA within that first 3-mths is extreme unless there is a medical condition that warrants it. Nobody knows scar tissue is solely the problem. We all get it after surgery and injury. You can loosen it on one part and have it sticking on another. It comes loose in pieces and sometimes not all of it ever loosens. Just keep doing aggressive therapy on your own and you'll get there.

Wed, Mar 6 6:29am · scar tissue after knee replacement in Joint Replacements

Have you asked to return to PT? A great therapist can change everything. Mine weren't listening to me and I specifically requested a certain PT (not PTA). After a another evaluation it was determined the muscles behind my knee, calf and around my knee were extremely tight (constricted). I've been only focusing on aggressive stretching. It has made all the difference in pain, spasms and range. For me, walking made it worse. I focus on water therapy stretching, swimming, bike and the ARC (the machine that lets you glide, stride, or climb). The higher I climb the bigger the bend and the stretch. It's not always scar tissue or doing something wrong. Sometimes it's needing a person that listens and helps. Best of luck to you.

Mon, Mar 4 6:53pm · scar tissue after knee replacement in Joint Replacements

I'm not sure on recovery for a partial but I just had my second total knee replacement done. 70 degrees at 2 weeks is fantastic. Allow yourself to heal and do the therapy. It's a process and with patience you will be happier. Everybody is different on healing and moving off a walker. I took my cane to therapy with my walker and told them it's time. I was at my 2nd week appt. My therapist (s) follow your lead on that. If your gait is good and you can support your weight it's a good time to ask about the cane. I cried every day at my 3-wk mark, begging the God's to take the surgery back. They ignored me and within 3 mths I had my life back, pain free and never regretted it. You got this!

Sun, Mar 3 7:44pm · IT band syndrome after knee replacement in Joint Replacements

I had my rt knee replaced Dec 4th 2018. This one is being a bear. I have been diligent with therapy, go to the Y everyday plus my stretches. I can't get my range past 100. The calf muscle and the one behind the knee are swollen and tight. I am staying in therapy for straight aggressive stretching. When I walk or try to pull my knee in to bend I keep feeling a catch. I release, straighten and feel a "pop" and than I can complete my pull in bend. It also happens when I walk. HELP! My left knee was a dream compared to this. I ride the bike, do the ARC (gazelle), step-ups with a weight, and all the stretches. Any advice is welcome!