Can't straighten leg 5 weeks after Total Knee Replacement

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The physios tell me this is normal but the exercises don’t seem to make any difference. Does using an exercise bike help or are there any other suggestions? Saw the consultant yesterday for a follow-up appointment and he seemed to think that I should be completely pain free by now. Should I be? My reaction was that he can’t possibly have much post op experience.

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Sorry it takes months for your knee to sort itself out. Read some of the posts on this site. Everyone is different but I think 5 weeks is definitely too early.

practice makes perfect with leg straightening just keep going.

It’s a shame that those type of consultants can’t have an experience of what the TKR feels like. Keep strong and persevere

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My consultant underlined how painful it would be but I thought he was just in a bad mood but he left me under no illusion . I said “well it can’t be worse than the pain I have now” and he just said ” well…………” He did reassure me that in time it would ease but also I would probably need another one in 15 years.

so I joked with him , knowing the NHS , could I book my appointment now !!

recover at your own speed

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This is the opinion of someone who has never had to go through the actual surgery. Don’t let his statement weigh too heavily on reality. At 5 weeks most are still trying to sort out the changes going on in the body while the body is throwing you a different signal every day or so. You will get to a point and suddenly an old pain or symptom will reappear. Most of the contributors here will talk in the terms of months and not weeks. The general trend is, medicate on a regular basis not after the pain starts. Work your excercise routine so you start an hour or so after taking pain meds then ice and elevate immediately after excercise. Drink lots of water and even though your appetite is probably off a bit, eat healthy (fruits and veggies). Rest whenever possible and don’t beat up on yourself because you aren’t where someone else perceives you should be. Everyone heals at a different rate, slow steady progress is the key. This is life changing experience. Common comments from people who haven’t gone through it will be you look great even though the pain is so bad you want to scream. Stay within yourself, work steadily and it will all come about. The folks on here will become your friends and strongest backers. Good luck

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Hi I had my knee replacement on July 24. N. Still In excrutiating pain cant bend it or straighten. Can t sleep. Am always crying. Cant walk cus the min i get up it swells up horribly. My Dr he’s referencing me to pain management n sending me back to hospital to put me under so they can straighten it. Been to the er. Twice for pain shots cus I ran out of meds. It’s a horrible experience for me. Hope u get well soon also. I’m getting anxiety n I cry all the time. Hope ur not as bad as me. Good luc

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I am 8 weeks post op now and though I haven’t had the problems others have I have seen what they recommended for them in therapy. For straightening they had them do several different things. You can put a heat compress under your knee with ice on top for 15 min. This helps relax the muscles in the back of the knee. Also you can lay on your stomach with your legs off the bed from just above the knee down and let it just hang for about 2 minutes twice a day.Also you may lay on your back with your legs straight up against the wall. As far as your pain, everyone is different. I and a friend had TKR on the same day and though after only 1week out I was pain free, at 7 weeks she was still having a lot of pain. She went to her family doctor who prescribed her some anti-inflammatory drugs to reduced the swelling. After a week she was doing great. I pray this in some way helps you. Keep a positive attitude, because believe it or not, it does get better.

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