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Stiffness & Swelling 1 1/2 years after TKR
misschoochoo posted:
I've had both knees replaced -- the right was done 1 and 1/2 years ago, and the left was done 1 year ago. The right knee has been swelling and is stiff at the end of the day, and sometimes in the morning. I can't put any weight on my right knee either. To do floor exercises, I have to lower myself like I'm doing a plank, then get up like a giraffe. I've been icing it in the morning and at night, and elevating it too. I'm very busy though -- working full time in a preschool where I hardly ever sit down for 7 hours. I do housework and go up and down stairs and have been climbing a ladder to do painting on a house we're renovating. Am I just doing too much or should I expect my knee to respond better to ice and elevation?
Thanks for any feedback.
peadnut2u responded:

Well, I'm not a doctor, nurse or anyone in the medical field, just a 61 year old woman that had bilateral total knee replacement on Feb. 17th, 2014. Pain management and recovery has been going pretty well (no arthritic pain) so I'm not complaining at all!

I would think that you'd be doing too much and just to take it a bit easier along with keep icing it, etc.

But this is something I would certainly ask your doctor (the one that did the surgery). As I said I'm not a doctor, but I for one would not ignore it.

Good luck with your knee AND completing the painting of your house!!


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You must do the exercises when having TKR. It alleviates stiffness and that hardening feeling. Also, see if you PT will do massage of knee, ... More
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