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1 hour ago · how to regain full use of knee (without surgery) after meniscus tear in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Hello @rbon1, welcome to Connect. I'd like to invite @ew100, @randyvaughan, @ellerbracke, and @ees1 to this discussion as they have all discussed dealing with meniscus tears and how they have dealt with them via different treatments. It sounds like you and your internist are on the same page. Has your internist suggested working with your PT to potentially alter your routine to get over the plateau or what the potential plateau may be in relation to?

7 hours ago · Camptocormia in Spine Health

Hello @lotsofpain, welcome to Connect. I moved your discussion and combined it with an existing discussion in the Spine Health group that you referenced titled, "Camptocormia." I removed your other discussions of the same topic so that you could focus on meeting the members discussing camptocormia in this discussion. If you are replying by email, I suggest clicking on VIEW & REPLY and you will be brought to the new location of your post. There, you can read through some of the other posts shared by members and participate where you feel comfortable.

@lotsofpain, if you don't mind sharing with the other members, what sort of treatments and coping mechanisms have you tried so far?

2 days ago · Left hand amputated more than 40 years ago in Chronic Pain

Hello @makmes, welcome to Connect. Is what you are experiencing phantom pain, https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/phantom-pain/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20376278?

If you don't mind me asking and if you are comfortable sharing, what have you tried in the past to address your pain? Does it come and go or is it constant?

Thu, May 16 10:41am · Has anyone had sharp thigh pain after hip replacement in Joint Replacements

@katrine, no problem on making a mistake of where you posted. You posted your messages to the discussion titled, "Has anyone had sharp thigh pain after hip replacement?" There are members talking about end of stem pain in this discussion as well.

If you were looking for the end of stem pain specific discussion, you can find that here, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/end-of-stem-pain-after-total-hip-replacement/.

Thu, May 16 10:01am · scar tissue after knee replacement in Joint Replacements

@doodles418 had asked about my experience with a second manipulation – what was my experience like, was it painful, did it help, and how did I know if it was scar tissue, when did it occur during my recovery?

My recall on the exact details may be a bit fuzzy because I had my knee replacement in 2006 (can't believe it has been that long already). I had end-stage arthritis in my right knee caused by a genetic bleeding disorder that prevents my blood from clotting on its own. When I was a child, the medication to help this disease (hemophilia) was not as good as it is now. Essentially, my blood wouldn't clot without injecting the clotting factor that I was missing. Most people think a cut is the issue, but the bigger issue was internal bleeding. My right knee was my "target joint" meaning I continually had internal bleeding in that joint as a kid which led to arthritis at age 8. By the time I was 19, my knee was completely arthritic and deformed – it was no longer a ball & socket joint, the bones had worn to squares. Because of this my knee – prior to surgery – had not been able to straighten to 0 degrees for almost a decade already. So I went in to surgery fighting all sorts of muscle and ligament atrophy as is.

My initial recovery from the replacement was awful. The ligaments were stretched straight upon waking up for the first time in 13+ years so the pain was intense. Scar tissue took hold almost immediately (likely due to my young age and immune system being much more active than waiting until later in life). Ultimately I had to have a manipulation – more painful to wake up from than the actual surgery. Scar tissue took hold again and I had to have another manipulation, I believe somewhere close to the 8 month mark from the original replacement (but could be closer to one year). Unfortunately, that still did not do the trick. I was told at that point that you cannot do additional manipulations because the scar tissue becomes strong enough to risk breaking your femur at that point.

To answer the question of how did they know, it was determined via x-ray to show the joint itself was not the issue and based on the mechanics they determined it was most likely scar tissue. I tried a full leg cast that had hand cranks built in to it to try and turn the knobs and bend the leg. That did not work. What ultimately ended up working was when I jumped up to catch a football one day and landed and felt a pop (no real pain as I remember). Within a week after that pop sensation, I was 0-90 or so. Over time, I gained additional ROM and landed somewhere between 0-110. I would have liked to get to that 130 range, but 0-110 is much better than my initial 15-50 ROM that basically equated to a frozen leg joint.

A bit long-winded, but it was quite the experience and a very long road to recovery. All said, I think it took somewhere close to 18 months for me to get to that 0-110 range.

Mon, May 13 9:42am · Chronic Pain members - Welcome, please introduce yourself in Chronic Pain

Hello members of the Bones, Joints & Muscles group. I think it's safe to say that everyone sharing in this group has been greeted by @lioness. She seems to always be online to offer information, give support, connect you with others, and to share a laugh of two. Ever wonder what makes lioness tick and whats she does when she's not on Connect? Now you can.

Check out the Member Spotlights and read the latest story about lioness.
– Living every day like it is her last: Meet @lioness https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/about-connect/newsfeed-post/living-every-day-like-its-her-last-meet-lioness/

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Mon, May 13 9:42am · Treating Osteoporosis in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Hello members of the Bones, Joints & Muscles group. I think it's safe to say that everyone sharing in this group has been greeted by @lioness. She seems to always be online to offer information, give support, connect you with others, and to share a laugh of two. Ever wonder what makes lioness tick and whats she does when she's not on Connect? Now you can.

Check out the Member Spotlights and read the latest story about lioness.
– Living every day like it is her last: Meet @lioness https://connect.mayoclinic.org/page/about-connect/newsfeed-post/living-every-day-like-its-her-last-meet-lioness/

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Fri, May 10 9:19am · Physical Therapy (PT): How long? Where did you do it? in Joint Replacements

I never measured on my own. I just went off of what the PT people were telling me when they used their little measuring tool (goniometer?). Admittedly, it never felt too accurate but had to be close, right?