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Continuing Total Knee Replacement Rehab

It’s been four months and a week after my total knee replacement surgery date and my knee is still swollen, my flexibility still needs improved, and my hamstring still needs stretching.  It seems to be taking longer than what I had originally expected.  The medical people told me I’d be swollen for about 2-3 months after surgery.  The swelling is better than it used to be, however.  I’m not complaining, just observing.

Also, while on a walking trail yesterday, a large dog (Labrador Retriever) came up behind me and bumped into my knee.  OUCH!!!!! I got over it, but was reminded about an article I just read that said to be careful not to slam into anything or have anything slam into you.  Funny how life works…

When I mentioned to someone how much longer my recuperation process was taking than I was originally expecting, I was told I just needed to work harder.  Hmm…good idea…never thought of that.

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5 Responses

  1. I fully understand. I was sailing along in my rehab, doing very well. Then, it was as if I hit a wall: I “tweaked” my hamstring, then I overworked my quadraceps and now my kneecap is giving me fits. Sometimes, I feel as if I’m just not doing things right, and what do you say when someone asks how you’re doing? Do you dare to tell them the truth: it hurts to walk/sit/stand/anything? Lat’s face it :no one knows what we’re going through except us and really good PTs (I trust mine completely). So, all you can do is what you CAN do, just keep moving forward, no matter how slowly. remember; you’re on a journey, and you’re NOT alone.

  2. Thanks so much for dropping by my blog and giving your inspirational comment, Ken. You’re a great writer and very eloquently described what we all go through at one time or another.

    I, personally, think you have hit it right on the nose. 🙂 It couldn’t have come at a better time.

    Best of luck to you!

  3. I was doing GREAT after my knee replacement for the first 6 weeks. My mobility was good, was walking without a limp then, my hamstring started giving me severe pain and I started getting bad pain in the center of my thigh (in the front) and in the center of the back of my calf. It hurts bad enough that I am up, once again at 2:30am looking for answers! Anyone else have these problems? Any ideas? Aaaaaarrrrrrrgggg!!!!!!!!!! Thanks, Holly Overbaugh

  4. Hi Holly,
    I left a message for you personally, also.
    In my case, I find that icing – while elevating my leg via pillow – works wonders. An ice pack that covers the entire back of my knee (hamstring area) is great.
    Since icing is so helpful, why not try it with all your painful areas? It’s cheap and easy.
    Good luck!

  5. it has been 16 days since my knee replacement. MyPT says to keep trying to stretch my hamstring; so I am trying to do this constantly!! But there is never any improvement in degrees I can straighten my knee; it is very frustrating. any comments??

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