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Gentle Massaging & A TKR

Hi my favorite readers! It’s so great hearing from everyone who takes the time to leave comments. It always provides valuable feedback that informs, enlightens and entertains everyone. One subject was recently brought up that sparked a new post. It’s about massaging the tkr area.

Here’s an article I wrote about massaging after a tkr that I believe is appropriate for sharing again…

After my wound bandage and staples were removed, I found massage to be invaluable for easing discomfort levels. I would very gently rub along each side of my tkr scar. During the initial stages, my knee would be elevated on a pillow while I sat on a sofa. Eventually, I would gently bend the knee and massage it with my fingertips. Circular motions over the top and bottom portions of the scar worked well, too.

Sometimes massaging the inner and outer knee edges does wonders for pain. I’ve written previously about having severe neuropathy along the outer portion of my tkr. This was caused by a bone spur. It will never go away. The pain level varies. It’s part of life and I don’t worry about it. When it does get bothersome, however, I find that a gentle massage with my fingertips works wonders. So does icing. :) When I use an exercise machine, I put extra cushioning over the area to protect the nerves.

Applying light circular pressure to my inner tkr side eases the pain. When done slowly, it feels wonderful. You may receive the same relief.

When my scar was completely healed, I started massaging the entire tkr knee area. Even to this day, just a simple up and down movement feels very relaxing. I use my entire hand for this one. Usually, my palm will begin to warm up the knee area. If there is any pain, it definitely lessens with this easy massage.

Hope this helps others going through the same thing.

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4 comments to Gentle Massaging & A TKR

  • I just found your website and article on massage after TKR. I’m almost four weeks post TKR and have one more week of PT at my home before transitioning to outpatient PT. Thankfully, my home PT team uses massage on my knee to help break up the scar tissue from my prior three knee surgeries, two of which involved long incisions around the inside of my knee and down my shin. They also massage my quadriceps muscle, which is very tight and slowing my flexion. I’m at just 75-80 degrees of flexion due to my past scar tissue and continued knee swelling, but am on track based on what my OS and PT team expected prior to my surgery. They have stressed the importance that my outpatient PT use a mostly hands-on approach with continued knee/leg massage in order to continue slowly breaking up my scar tissue vs over-reliance on machines. Your article is the only one I’ve found that addressed the benefits of massage after TKR, so I want to thank you for helping point out that massage can be valuable during the TKR recovery period. Thanks! – Pat Coury, Maryland

  • Hi Patricia,
    Thanks for visiting my site and leaving your inspirational and informative tkr comment. Our recuperation stages seem to mirror each other. Glad you like my massage article. Keep in touch and good luck!

  • Iris Hinton

    I am so glad that I found your site. I am just celebrating my 1 year anniversary after my TKR. I am doing good but have pain on the inside of both my knees; I suspect that it is from my hamstring but not sure what to do about it. Wondered if others have had this problem and any remedies that they have used. By the way, I just saw that you have written a book regarding insomnia after TKR and I have experienced this the entire time. (it is currently 1:30am). I also have gotten massages and, for the most part are very relaxing, but the inner thigh area and the inner part of my knee is very tender and painful. Thanks so much for your insight and helpful information.

  • Hi Iris,
    Thanks for the stopping by, posting your comment, and finding my tkr site so useful. It is great to know you enjoy my site. I had that same pain every now and then, so you are not alone. I gently massage the area. Hopefully, others will pitch in with their experiences.
    Good luck and keep in touch!

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