There is a reclining yoga pose called Figure 4. It's a laying on your back simulated pigeon pose. You can get an intense stretch of the piriformis muscle and relief from sciatica.
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Hi – I'm 9 weeks out from my second TKR this year and I'm having pretty severe nerve pain when anything rubs up against the inside of the joint – including clothing, sheets, etc. — it's like burning hot spots on the kneecap and occasional zings of pain down the inside of the calf, coupled with numbness of the inside of the calf. It's wearing me out!! Anyone experienced this? It's numb and it hurts at the same time.
I am 4 1/2 months out and still have soreness, pain with stairs, night-time discomfort. I don't think it automatically goes away at any set point. Every knee is different.
I had horrible sciatica after surgery and I was referred to a chiropractor who helped me so much it was like a miracle. My hips were totally out of whack and once he realigned them, the sciatica gradually disappeared. It sounds like sciatica is a big part of your problem.
One thing that works at home is to sit on a tennis ball positioned squarely where the sciatic nerve comes out of the hip. Hurts a lot, but it really does relieve that pain after 10 minutes or so. As far as the inside pain, my PT said my body was trying to tell me something about the way I was standing and walking. If you turn out your foot and your leg "manspreads," ..you're putting force on the inner knee. Try paying attention to the body mechanics of sitting, rising from the sit, etc.