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Why Does Knee Hurt after Total Knee Replacement?

I recently had someone ask me this question.  Here is what is happening to me….5 months after my total knee replacement, I experience pain and stiffness in my knee area.  It is not in the knee joint itself, however.  My pain is centered in the surrounding tissues and muscles which emcompass the entire knee area.

My pain is most noticeable during descending stairs (going down stairs), and during my flexibility/stretching exercises.  Flexibility exercises include the rowing machine, stairs, knee bends or squats, and others. Some of the other exercises include the simple ones like laying down and sliding my leg toward my butt (that’s an exercise given immediately after a total knee replacement is done).

My flexibility is still being worked on with various exercises, and it is improving.  My knee is still swollen, also.  However, that doesn’t stop me from showing off my scar as if it is a trophy (which it is, in my books..: ))

Hope this helps…:)

Find interesting? Kindly share! Thanks!

AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns. The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.






127 comments to Why Does Knee Hurt after Total Knee Replacement?

  • Norris Hall

    There’s some intereting videos on modern knee replacement surgeries you can watch
    knee replacement videos
    Very enlightening. Especially the one by the pain specialist

  • […] Why Does Knee Hurt after Total Knee Replacement? I recently had someone ask me this question.  Here is what is happening to me….5 months after my total knee replacement, I experience pain and […]

  • Rick OBrien

    Hi Webtoots I am 3 months out from my tkr and I would have to say its been successful with very little pain other than the patella clunk which I am strengthening my quads to try and correct the situation an hopefully avoid more surgery………and now here it comes the however which is how I happened on your article, I too have more pain now descending stairs than I did after three weeks out of surgery………

    I know you are well over a year out now, has the tightness in your knee gone away yet?

    Thank you for your log and all it hs done for us out there……..

  • Wendy

    Mine have started to hurt three years after the surgery. Want to know why.

  • Booktoots

    Hi Wendy,
    Thanks for visiting my site and leaving your comment. I’m not a medical professional and don’t know why your knees are hurting that long post tkr. Have you checked with your doctor?

    Good luck and keep in touch!

  • Total Knee Replacement Surgery

    One of my friend has gone through the knee replacement surgery but is feeling quite better and has got much relief from the tremendous pain.

  • Rick clemmer

    I had my 1st total knee replacemnt in 05 folloewed by the othe knee in 07. Its 2012 now and I can tell you when its going to rain. My theropist told me that its the presure in the space that sorounds the new prostetic knee. At times I almost cry it hurts so bad. And i had two. And im only 49 to boot.

  • Virginia

    Today is my 6th wks since my right TKR and its is still stiff and only bending about 83 degrees. I am disappointed at the slow recover time and also upset with how much pain I am still having. I know everyone is different I just hope that it all goes away soon.

  • Had TKR 11 weeks ago. Absolutely no pain while walking, sitting or during bedtime. Next day after surgery walked entire outer perimeter of the floor i was on in a large hospital, with walker, and had no pain. Can walk a mile where befor about 50 yds was limit. My only pain is going down stairs. I do good going up. Looking forward to getting other knee done in October.

  • Donna

    I had total knee replacement six months ago and still in pain and alot of stiffness. I have trouble going up and down stairs, and when I set even for a little while when I stand I can hardly walk on that leg because of the pain and stiffness. I had exrays on the knee and was told it had come loose. I got in touch with a lawyer in hopes of getting this fix, but was told they found no issue with the knee. Don’t know what to do now any help out there?????

  • booktoo1

    Hi Donna,
    Thanks for visiting my site and leaving your comment. Sorry to hear about your dilemma.

    I don’t offer medical nor legal advice here. My tkr has never been loose, so I cannot help you there. Who is the “they” you refer to as finding no issue with your knee?

    Take a look around my site, you will likely find similar situations other tkr readers have experienced.
    Keep in touch and good luck!

  • Chris

    I just had my knee done 6 days ago and are already at 90 degrees. Very little pain and can do stairs easily. Walked the first day too. I heard of another patient who got the same operation at a different hospital and was in bad pain and didnt walk for three days. I suggest that everyone look carefully at your doctors track record because there seems to be a wide range of outcomes.

  • Ann

    I had a total knee replacement 6 months ago. I was doing very well at 3 – 5 months. Then I noticed 2 little bumps on my knee and the next day I had stiffness. It was difficult to walk. The surgeon said I had a stress reaction. He told me to wear a brace and use a cane. I’ve been getting by with a brace and crutch. I’ve also been swimming in an indoor pool as well as using a stationary bike. He said the little bumps were sutures that have not dissolved yet. They are still there. In any case, I don’t seem to be improving a great deal. Has anyone had any experience with a stress reaction and how long does it take to heal?

  • Mike

    I grew up in Waukesha county!

  • Barry Noble

    I had the knee replaced a few years back. It was immediately stiff and painful even with physiotherapy. The doctor went back in and loosened it up. Now it is ten times more painful than ever before the replacement, and when I then went back to the surgeon, his reply was “These things happen. Nothing more I can do. Go to your regular internist and he’ll give you pain pills.” I have been a number of years on max. dose of Tramadol every day (300 mg ) but I gave up on Vicodin – couldn’t stand the side effects. Tramadol gets the pain down to about 5 out of 10 pain level for at least four of six hours between dosages…..but I sometime wish my leg was cut off…I still live and work 48 hours a week – just have miserable pain most of the time.

  • Hi Barry,
    Thanks for visiting my site and leaving your comment. I feel for you and know others can relate. Your story is something I wish no one to go through. Good luck and keep in touch.

  • Renae Wilkerson

    I had tkr 2 years ago due to a very bad fracture in the knee joint and several surgeries to try to repair my meniscus and acl that were both badly damaged.I did extremely well at first with the replacement considering all the other things I had already been thru, but I have always had stiffness and swelling in the knee that I was told would subside and hasnt.I also have pain now on the outside of my knee especially on stairs, and sometimes it acts like it wants to give out on me and thats what it was doing before the replacement.I am wondering if others have this same issue after 2 years and what am I supposed to do?

  • Peggie Roberts

    I had TKR in December 2012. I tore ACL 15 yrs ago and had scope to repair. After years of injections for pain, surgeon did total reconstruction 6 yrs ago using cadaver ligaments and screws. March 2012, the screws had to be removed due to the pain. I am now 4 months out from TKR and the pain still will not let me sleep at night. Had to be weaned off hydrocodone (bad stuff!). Extreme pain in thigh which was from tourniquet use I am told. Worse mistake I have ever made. I walk worse now that I did before surgery. NEVER go thru this surgery if there is any other option out there. I run out of options. I so wish they had taken the leg above the knee. I have lived for so many yrs like this. No quality of life for last 15 yrs.

  • Edith Dalton

    Thank you for this site and all the useful commits…
    I thought I’m going crazy with this knee had TKR 3 months ago seems
    It’s getting worse, as ya’ll going down stairs hurts… I ice and heat pain
    Pills nothing works…..Grrrrrrr

  • Hi my name is jade and I can relate to most of your stories. I’m MID 40’S AND HAD BOTH OF MY KNEES REPLACED ALMOST 2 YRS AGO AND AT FIRST EVERYTHING WAS GOING PRETTY GOOD AS i WENT THROUGH REHAB, AND AS MONTHS WENT BY, I WAS WORKING OUT WITH LIGHT WEIGHTS AT THE FITTNESS CENTER AND THE MORE TIME WENT BY THE MORE i NOTICED THAT MY KNEES WERE HURTING MORE AND MORE. i’VE ALWAYS HAD THE PROBLEM OF GOING DOWN STAIRS LIKE SOME OTHER PEOPLE SAY THEY’VE HAD, BUT ONE DAY MY KNEE HAD A SHARP PAIN SHOOT THROUGH IT AND THINGS SEEM TO HAVE GOTTEN WORSE AS TIME GOES BY, I JUST GOT BACK FROM A REVISIONIST TODAY 05-01-2013 AND HE TOLD ME THEY WERE PRETTY LOOSE AND A REVISION WAS UP TO ME. I’m not sure that I’m up for it quite yet as I did both of them at one time the first time I had them done and had a pretty rough go of it, had to have 2 blood transfusions shortly after the surgery as the only way they new my blood was low is when the nurse checked my blood pressure and I was barely hanging on. But anyway mine has hurt me so bad and the only pain relief I have got and I tried almost everything, was I wound up on Fentanyl patch 50mcg. and if it weren’t for the relief I wouldn’t use them for nothing as they make me sleepy all the time, and I’m the type person that loves to be on the go doing somthing. I guess the crazy thing is one day they will feel soso and the next day I can’t hardly walk around.

  • Jackie C

    I had a TNR 2 years on the 20/5/13 fine standing from sitting still on pain killers the more I do the painfull it5 gets. I am managing to work however I am slow, Find it very stressful trying to keep up with others.i am over weight dont think this helps.I am able to do my job just slower when you have finished work just end up going to bed do wish I could do more & speed up.keep working taking the pills until they deem me unfit which is what happens I will loss my penison never mind at least I am alive

  • Hi Jackie,
    Thanks for visiting my site and updating us with your progress. I wouldn’t worry about keeping up with others, if I was you. Just do the best you can. Keep in touch and good luck!

  • Karin

    Thanks everyone for writing. I had my TKR on 3/18/13. So its been 8 weeks. I still have pain surrounding my knee & the skin feels numb especially on the outer aspect of my knee. I’m trying to use just Advil but sometimes I need to take something stronger as the pain gets to me. I’m still not sleeping as well as I used to. My left leg is bone on bone too. My scar is quite wide. Any suggestions. Thanks

  • It seems like forever since I had my knees done .Still in pain.Sept 11th,2012 and April 2nd ,2013.

  • MP

    I had knee surgery 6 weeks ago. I still have pain on the outer side of my left knee and around the knee. I am on 8 Percocet a day. The doctor says that I need to take these as I have very low pain tolerance. I tried lowering the dose today to 6, but I still had severe pain. I am very worried about the medication as well as the pain. If I don’t take the meds I have severe pain and cannot do anything during the day. Walking gets difficult. I want to get off the meds, but the doctor says to follow his orders. I am worried like many people, I may get addicted to these meds. Can advice?

  • Hi MP,
    Thanks for visiting my site and leaving your concerning comment. My advice…any doctor who refuses to take a patient off of pain medications isn’t worth the time of day. Find another doctor. Did he or she recommend icing? It’s a natural pain reliever without any side effects.
    For myself, none of those prescribed pain meds worked. They all got me sick. So…I used ice. And…glad I did.
    Good luck and stay in touch!

  • A Griffin

    I am 67 and had total knee replacements (right knee approx. 5 years ago, left knee approx. 4 years ago). I have to say that the overall experience has been good but over the last 9 months I experience 5 out of 10 pain in both knees fairly frequently. This is still infinitely better than the agonising pain pre op but is nevertheless disappointing. I do wonder to what extent the removal of ligaments has had on the occurrence of pain. One ligament is apparently removed in all TKR cases but subject to the situation during op two may be removed. I believe the replacement knee design addresses the stability that the ligaments previously gave but wonder if others have experienced this increase in pain after about 4 years post op.

  • Hi Alan,
    Thanks for visiting my site and leaving your comment. I also sent you a private email. Fortunately for me, not so fortunate for you, I have not experienced the type of pain you are experiencing. Perhaps others will share their experiences to help you.
    Keep in touch and good luck!

  • Lisa

    I am 43 and my TKR was 1/18/2013. It was good at first but I too am experiencing more pain now than in the months 1-4 post op. I have problems going down stairs and some days I can barely stand by the end of the day. Just like before the surgery, I am back to the anti inflammatory meds, it helps a little. It’s nice to know I am not the only one. Thank all of you for your stories. I am going to have another chat with my doctor.

  • Emma

    I am 51 with a Right TKR 2 yrs ago I have had all the fun and stiffness but over all I was pretty happy til last night I went to work and while walking the long hall to my work area my knee suddenly was stiffening and it hurt to walk normally I had to walk stiff leg to job area and ended up leaving a few hours later my knee is very stiff and grinding the pain is on the right when I try to walk and swing my leg normally to take a step, stoop down or sit. This is a new pain, it is a 4 at rest and about a 7 or 8 when moving the leg… I am a bit worried… I will go to the ER in the morning… Anyone else had this happen??

  • Hi Emma,
    Thanks for visiting my site and leaving your comment. What you are going through happens to me occasionally. I’m not worried about it. I just ice and elevate. That takes care of it. Trusting everything will work out for you.

  • oliver

    I had TKR in September 2012 and my knee is still swollen and stiff. It get worse with activity and my leg gives out a lot when putting full weight on it and walking. My knee is the size of a softball and its warm, and the doctor says its ok but I am in more pain now than before. I think it may be infected.

  • Hi Oliver,
    Thanks for dropping by my site and leaving your concerning comment. Fortunately, my tkr has never been infected so I cannot provide additional insight. It sounds to me like you may need a second opinion. My tkr still slightly swells, gets stiff and becomes warm after too much activity and it’s been over 5 years since my surgery. Its not a concern to me.
    Good luck and keep in touch!

  • I have had tkr 4 month ago and am trying to do yogs exercises for my back problems. My repaired knee hurts pretty bad after the exercises. I have to stop yoga for a few days for the pain to subside. My knee is still swollen, and hurts on the side of the knee and leg not the surgical site. What should I do. I am trying to get in shape again. Walking down steps really hurts too.
    Advise please. Thank you

  • Hi Goldi,
    Thanks for stopping by my site and leaving your comment. Your symptoms are exactly the same as mine were at your stage. Take a look around my site for more insight and exercises.
    I’m not a medical professional, so cannot offer any advice other than what works for me.
    Keep in touch and good luck!

  • Hi, I had a knee replacement 20 days ago. My knee makes frequent funny clicks or boning feelings. They are not painful but I am concerned. My doctor says I need to use a walker for at least one and half months even though I feel ready to walk with a cane. I do physical therapy exercises everyday at home – 100-200 leg lifts, knee crunches, food bends and knee pulls. I also ride a stationary bike 60-90 minutes everyday. The exercises are broken up throughout the day. They really help. I climb 40-120 stairs round trip using a railing and walker. Has anyone had the clicks and boning feeling? Did it go away? Thanks

  • Hi Teacher Gerald,
    Thanks for visiting my site. I’ve written about your concern in other posts throughout my site. Do a search on my site and article titles will pop up.
    Good luck and keep in touch!

  • Tabebo

    I had a right TKR 5 months ago at the age of 50. Been nothing but pain, problems and lack of motion. Doc says hardware looks good and motion is adequate (120 degrees flexion finally). Attended vigorous PT 4 months to get flexion and relieve pain. Got 120 degrees of flexion but still have chronic pain. Doc checked hips and referred me to pain specialist for back injections. Pain specialist says it’s not my back and to see a nerve surgeon. Knee surgeon doesn’t know what it could be. Getting second opinion next week and seeing nerve guy is 3 weeks. Any other ideas on why I have pain 24/7?? Frustrated and desperate for answers here!

  • Lolita Patel

    I had a total knee replacement three months ago
    I had bone on bone. I did all my physical therapy,
    My knee is still hearting, still fill very stiff
    when I am walking and standing. I do not know what to do. Still on painkiller.

  • Hi Lolita,
    Thanks for visiting my site and leaving your tkr comment. You are experiencing the same symptoms I was at your stage. Take a look around this site for more insight and help.
    Keep in touch and good luck!

  • Hi Tabebo,
    Thanks for dropping by. PAIN??: Welcome to the world of tkr recuperation. Your flexion is far better than mine was at your stage. I don’t know what else to tell you. Good luck with your appts.
    Keep in touch….

  • Joan

    I had one tkr Nov. 2012 and 2nd June, 2013. After reading the comments and concerns on this page I am actually feeling pretty lucky. My initial question was “is it possible to do too much walking at one time or is it good therapy?” Seems when I do too much I pay for it in the evening with swelling and stiffness. I am not taking any pain meds and haven’t been for some time. My Dr. wanted me off of meds and I agreed. I went back to work 8 weeks post op. It was difficult but gets better with each passing week. My Dr had a different routine than most I have heard. He was of the opinion that I needed time for muscles and tendons to heal before rigorous therapy. Of course I had to walk and do stairs before release from the hospital but because of an infection in the first incision and excessive swelling in the leg and foot after the 2nd surgery I did not start therapy for 3 weeks post op. either time. I think it was a blessing. You can’t expect miracles.

  • Hi Joan,
    Thanks for visiting my site and leaving your informative comment. You sound like you’re doing fantastic.
    From personal experience, your symptoms are reminescent of mine when I overdid it. Too much is not good therapy. I’ve written about this in other posts.
    Keep in touch and good luck!

  • Stormy

    Hi there – I had the TKR 6 weeks ago and went from 91 degree down to 82. 🙁 I am now experineced a very TIGHT muscle around my knee and starting to get very painful down on my side of the leg. PT worried that I might have blood clot – had that checked out. It’s fine. Doc is so stuborn that he doesn’t want to see me until the appt that I have with him in 2 weeks. I’ve had 3 other surgery on that same knee and one time I had the lateral released that is related to the muscle (had to cut a piece out). Wondering if that could affect that now (that my muscles is not cooperating)?
    What do you think? I don’t like the idea that I went from 91 down to 82. I’m worry that I won’t be able to bend my knee if this keeps up!! Very sad!

  • Sandy

    I had TKR Aug 19 and my therapist says you don’t get elasticity back for a year, so keep doing therapy stretches and it will improve. I have 127 degree bending and 3 degree to being totally straight. The sheets and pants hurt my skin though. What might help? The only thing I found that helped is Neosporin ointment.

  • Ann

    I had TKR 7 months ago. I am only at 90 degrees and have extreme pain upon ambulation. I have grinding sounds upon movement. My surgeon states he need to clean out scar tissue, without definitive evidence. I am 54 and can not believe the new state that I am in after a surgery that was to fix the problem.
    I really like this site.
    Thanks

  • Hi Ann,
    Thanks for visiting my site and leaving your tkr update. If it’s any consolation, my flexibility is around 95. Its due to scar tissue from 30 years ago. I would never consideration a manipulation. That’s me…you may be different.
    Keep in touch and good luck to you! So glad to hear you enjoy my site. 🙂

  • Hi Sandy,
    Thanks for dropping by and leaving your tkr comment. I never had any concerns regarding my skin hurting, so am unable to offer any insight. Hopefully, others will pitch in and share their experiences.
    Good luck and keep in touch!

  • Maria Hagenberger

    I had a TNR on June 24,2013. It took me a while to get going but I eventually was on my way to recovery. The problem is I always had a tendernes of the lateral aspect of the knee (outside). For the last 3 weeks I have been suffering with a knot like pain which is present at times. The intensity of pain depends on the positioning of the knee. Anyone experience this before.

  • JOYCE

    I am 5months out from TKR and doing ok but still limp because now my other knee is bothering me and still hard to get up after sitting. I guess I just have to tought it out but was hoping to be able to walk better by now?

  • Anne

    I have been following this site for about a year. I am 13 months out from a RTKR, and scheduled for the left in late March. Yes, I had all the problems as every one else and got through them. And no, I did not have enough info going into the first. I feel ready to do the other knee with many new ideas and plan to be pro-active in my recovery. My questions are for those that have had a 2nd surgery on the other knee. Any insight or advice you would strongly recommend??

  • Hi Anne,
    Great to hear from you again….thanks for re-visiting. 🙂 Seeing that I have not gone through a second tkr, here’s hoping others will pitch in to share their experiences.
    Good luck and keep in touch!

  • Hi Sandy … I have ‘sore’ skin too …. Not all the time but especially if I do stretches it happens so Im restricting them. It happens in patches! I’ll try neosporin too. I’ve put it down to nerve regeneration …. My PT isn’t too perturbed though. Also I’m 5 months down the track now & after being pain free & my surgeon’s favourite patient & my PTs best ‘student’ I’m now suffering stiffness & pain laterally …. It’s still bending over 100 but it hurts me but responds to just over counter pain meds .
    My PT said I had to make the exercise bike my best friend, plus I do squats, leg presses, just not while the knee’s aggravated. Very annoying I was elated with my knee up till now!

  • Janice

    I had 2 TKRs over two years ago, I still have pain, stiffness, and trouble with stairs, and am unable to kneel, I can walk but it often gives out, it’s ok walking on flat surfaces, but not the result I had hoped for. I have fallen over a few times and have been unable to kneel to get up again as the pain is unbelievable.

  • patti

    I had RTKR 5 months ago and have been doing well, though I find it discouraging that I’m not as flexible as I want to be. No problem going upstairs most of the time, but I’m really awkward going down. Walking is fine- if limited.
    I went for a 2 mile walk the other day and after that have had stabbing pain in the outside lower part of the knee and it extends down the leg a bit, making it really painful to try to walk, etc. I don’t know if it’s best to just try to exercise it out, to rest, or what to do. Can’t get in contact with my doctor.

  • Hi Patti,
    Thanks for stopping by my site and leaving your tkr comment. I experienced exactly what you’re going through. RICE worked wonders. 🙂 I’ve written posts about the incident throughout this site. Take a look around!
    Keep in touch and good luck!

  • I got my knee done July 16 2012 and then t I had to go back on September 30 2013 to get the the knee replaced again now my muscle still hurts me they burn I walk with a cane here it is march 11 2014 and still can’t walk with out something and I am still going to Therphy I just don’t know what to do will it ever get better

  • Henry brown

    Had my first knee done 3 years ago and am so pleased couldn’t wait to get right one done because of the problems. Had it done a year ago and still swollen and painful esp. On stairs like others and warm to the touch. Doc says sometimes takes a year to son your knee,well time is up and they don’t know what the problem is. Any suggestions from y’all ? I’m tired of taking naproxen etc. 72 now but thinking of med pot. Take care…

  • joan jamieson

    l had knee replacement done oct 2013 still terrible pain my knee swollen cant walk to far climb stairs or do very much really the pain is terrible and up front of leg they say mite have to have it redone again whats to say it be a success again anyone had same problem

  • Hi Joan,
    Thanks for visiting my site and leaving your tkr comment. If it’s any consolation, you’re experiencing the same thing I was at your stage of recuperation. There was no mention of a revision and there’s no way I’d have one done.
    Take a look around this site. There are other posts that will provide more insight.
    Good luck and keep in touch!

  • Rose Otrambo

    Hey Everyone,
    I have had TKR on Oct 1 2014. I am severely worse. My knee is locked up and stays swollen with constant pain. It has been a year and a half now I progressively get worse. I did everything the doctors and therapist asked of me. I am worse than before the surgery. I walk with a walker because I cant straighten out my knee and it is extremely painful and suffer from headaches and grouchiness do to my current state. MY quality of life has been severely compromised I am having total knee revision on April !0 2014. I really hope there is a more positive out come then I have experienced in the last year and a half.

  • Anne

    Well, I’ve had my other TKR done on 3/25/14, and can’t even explain how incredibly different the experience has been. I had many problems (the normal ones) with my first knee (12/2012), but this one has been a breeze. Maybe it was worse prior to surgery so the pain is minimal or I was just prepared better, both mentally and physically. I am 13 days out and only need a pain pill at night, and I take 2 before PT. I take Aleve or Tylenol during the day. I’m sleeping better, walking MUCH better, without a cane (only use it when I to go out) or walker. I am currently sitting at the computer with my leg at a good 90% with some stiffness, but tolerable. I can stand better without back pain. My surgery time was less by about 30 min too. All in all, this has been a 180% difference then my first TKR. I know there are a lot of scary stories above, and mine was one of them in 2012, but I’m here to say, IT IS NOT ALWAYS AS BAD AS IT SEEMS!! I am so pleased with my recovery. If you’re considering whether or not you should do it, believe me, there are no 2 stories alike, and yours might be one of those that has a positive outcome!!! Good Luck!!

  • Thanks for the great insight and feedback, Anne. Good luck and keep in touch!

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  • jm

    4 weeks post op. still very tired. doing exercises rom is only 105 having tough time getting it better. knee is numb and feels like tight band. very debilitating for someone that was working 60 hour work weeks now doing nothing. patience is a virtue. question is how to get better rpm thanks

  • Hi jm,
    Thanks for visiting my site and leaving your tkr comment. I’ve written a number of posts on here about increasing ROM. Take a look around!
    Keep in touch and good luck!

  • At 88 I had my second TKR 11 Dec 2013.Nothing like the first (30 Apr 2012). I am still having pain and problems with going to standing from sitting and the reverse. Stairs are another problem. I have stairs and have to use them. I quit the narcotic ASAP and am using “Tylenol.”
    Flexing to 140 no problem. Leg as straight as can be when laying on back. I also have those “bumps.” Just want to be more mobile. Walking is a chore and affect my posture with gives me a lower back pain. Right after surgery knee was swollen and warm. Home PT and nurse kept me in bed with knee raised and iced for weeks. WRONG THING TO DO ! I think this is root cause of current problems. S/B up and at ’em as soon as possible. Wish me luck.

  • Hi,
    Thanks for visiting my site and leaving your comment. As per your instructions…GOOD LUCK! 🙂 I know it will all improve.

  • Judy B

    Hi there,
    I had a TKR in 2010 (Sept) and for the last 2 months more or less I Have been having this extreme pain when getting up from the table, couch, chair, toilet etc. and I have to hold on to the wall or a cane because the pain is excrutiating. The doctor thought it was a bursa in my knee cap of the TKR and that wasnt the root cause. We found out days later (about 2 weeks now) that the outside of my left knee (thats the knee that has the TKR) seems to have possibly scar tissues, or the plate and band that holds onto the tendons and ligaments may possibly be a bit loose. So My orthopedic has ordered a brace to fit to my leg and I was ordered to ice it and stay off of it as much as possible. IT is constantly painful but hurts more when I have to get up or change positions and get my bearings going. My question is: How can I get that tightened (the plate and band) just by using a brace and icing it? He did mention we may have to go in, but not as severe a surgery like a TKR through the outside of the left knee and remove the plate and band and replace it and fit it tightly with a new one. Has anyone heard of this type of surgery? I am on disability now because I take pain meds that I really don’t think I could function on while being at work.
    Any feedback would be so much appreciated. Thanks in advance.

  • Hi Judy,
    Thanks for visiting my site and leaving your tkr story. I have not heard of that type of surgery you are inquiring about. Maybe some others visiting here have.
    Also…as stated throughout this site. No medical advice is given since I am not a medical professional. Perhaps get a second opinion or find a local support group.
    Good luck and keep in touch!

  • 9 weeks after TKA. i am 63 years old and retired. still very stiff but my biggest problem is depression. the surgery seems to have hit me very hard and now i barely even want to go out. this is very different than my normal self. anyone else feel so despondent.

  • Hi Steve,
    Thanks for visiting my site and leaving your tkr comment. I was also despondent on and off for the first segment of my tkr recuperation. Hopefully others will pitch in with their insights.
    Keep in touch and good luck! It does get better….

    Here’s a link to a post I wrote about being depressed..Hope it helps!
    http://booktoots.com/crying-during-tkr-physical-therapy-is-the-pope-catholic/

  • Mohammed Luanndon

    I see a lot of interesting articles on your blog. It’s always fun visiting your site and seeing what you and your readers have to say! Keep up the great work!

  • Deborah Ray

    I had tkr 5 months ago on May 6th and I am still using a cane and wearing a brace I do my knee exercises like I am supposed to and when I walk normal it jerks say like a slingshot and it feels like someone pulls the string and then lets go and it bounces and when that happens it scares me 🙁 So I am concerned about it. Thanks Deborah Ray

  • Hi Deborah,
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving your interesting tkr comment. Have you seen your doctor about your concern? I sure would..Good luck and keep in touch.

  • Hello everyone!
    I just want to give everyone a follow up on a total knee replacement I had last June6, 2013. I’m now at 16 months and my knee is still not completely healed. I still have stiffness when I sit for long periods and I have pain and soreness when I walk. I’ve golfed with this pain all summer. My doctor said the total healing process can take up to two years. I’m being patient but I’m still hoping there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I work out everyday but the pain and stiffness persist. I take no medication and have learned to live with the stiffness. I think my ROM is now at about 120 but my leg extension is at 5. I’ve been laying on my stomach on the bed and putting weights on my left ankle to try and straighten the knee out. I also do alot of bicycling in the gym and do weight training. I just want everyone out there to not get discouraged if your TKR doesn’t happen quickly. Everyones body is different and it just takes time. Be patient and don’t give up. Do your exercises and in time your knee will heal.

  • Ken

    Had a Rt knee total replacement at end of June 2014. Now 3 1/2 months post. Still stiffness and swelling in joint if I do NOT do the stretching exercises multiple times per day. PT is over but only got ROM to between 110-113. Was told that is adequate more is better but due to swelling was what could be expected. I can go up stairs step over step and after a few one steps going down get used to step over step going down so I know that is a big improvement from before. Standing however does give pain. There is tenderness in joint when I stand for any period of time beyond 10-15 min. Walking is OK since knee is in motion. Had been favoring left leg for several years so it also caused some issues with muscle balance and length in right leg that has made recovery slower. Recovery has been much slower than I had hoped for and I still occasionally have to take pain meds when Ibuprofen does not help.
    I’m worried about a loss of ROM because I do not always have time to do the stretching which includes belt/band pulls. Have a 4 month follow up at end of Oct. Ortho will probably X-ray joint to make sure all is good but will mention my concerns. I hope the stories I read of 6 months to a year for full recovery will be my situation.

  • Everything is very open with a very clear explanation of the issues.
    It was truly informative. Your website is very useful.
    Thank you for sharing!

  • Jean Mayer

    Hello everyone….had my TKR on left knee done on June 24 of 2014. Here I am done with PT and still having pain, swelling, and now leg and hip on right side are hurting like crazy. Still using cane for use on uneven ground, but then that puts strain on the right side (where incidently, I also have arthritis is hip…). Extremely tired most of the time and just recently have FINALLY been able to sleep in my bed again. Still get up to get ice in the middle of the night and have still been using some pain meds (what few I had left) when needed. Surgeon won’t prescribe any more and family doctor feels I should be off of them, but the pain is nauseating at times as it is sooo intense. I wouldn’t go through this again if you paid me millions….I was supposed to feel better – ha….I have tingling and swelling right down to my toes, and some chills now and then. Been to family doctor several times, and tests run to make sure no blood clots…just very frustrating at this time, thankfully have a very caring husband. I am 65 and feel like I am 90….3c79

  • Martha

    Hi everyone. I am 58 and just 5 weeks post TKR (left) and this week the PT just seemed nearly impossible to go through. I have a painful spot on the inside/top of the knee, right above the patella, about the size of a silver dollar. It can’t be manipulated, like moving a piece of loose body tissue out of the way. The leg aches constantly. I went from 88 flexion 5 days post-op to barely 90 now, and that’s with the therapist pushing the leg back. Extension is just a few degrees from good. Doing the exercises, too.
    Spent yesterday working from home with a lot of phone calls, bending the knee to a tolerable position. Felt good but when I went to bed the whole leg was amazingly swollen. Elevation and ice! Am on 5 mg. Oxycodone as needed but pop 2 before PT. I am so exhausted from not sleeping. I know everything will improve and I appreciate this site very much. Right now I’m so frustrated I could cry and was embarrassed a few tears did escape in last PT session.

  • I had a TKR on December 2014…i have had 2 ACL repairs and then the TKR. Just wondering if anyone has had similar surgeries and how the ROM is now. Before my TKR my ROM was 110 now almost 6 weeks post surgery with the PT help I am at 105 but always seems tight around the knee.

  • Hi Cindy,
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving your tkr comment. I have not had any ACL repairs, but know others commenting on this site have. Take a look around! Good luck and stay in touch!

  • Hopeless

    Had a defective knee put in leg. Corrupt company had recalled it month before.. Horrid pain. Kept going back to surgeon who refused to do anything. Several doctors sad lose, wrong knee to use. Finally, after numerous doctors, found about it being defective. Revision didn’t work because had walked on leg for 17 months and knee was exploded inside leg. Screws ou, cement crumbled. Ruined leg. Had a limb specialist rebuild leg, putting back portion of femur that had either been removed to accord ate defective knee in first surgery, or resulted from walk known the defective knee for so long. Have been in agony since first surgery 3 years ago. Now, cannot take narcotics becoming ineffective and creating urinary retention as well as fecal. Agony. Only thing left is scared spine cord stimulator implant. All this because of a desire to escape the pain of my knee. Now, pain ten times worse and I’m immobile. This surgery needs to be stopped. For every success, I read about 20 failures. The govt will let anyone, any company continue as long as they get their money.

  • Hello Hopeless,
    Thanks for visiting my site and leaving your harrowing tkr story that is bound to have others sympathizing with your situation. Out of fairness to all, I am publishing your comment so others can read about a true recall story. Every surgery has its positives and negatives. You, unfortunately, are part of the negative. I choose to believe there are far more successes than failures.
    Keep in touch and hope things get better!

  • Jerry Cox

    I had a TKR on my right knee 5 years ago. I did all of my PT, and the knee was better. But I have had an ache in my knee ever since the surgery, that won’t quit. It is worse at night, the only way I can get enough relief to sleep, is to wrap it with an ACE bandage. I have been back to my surgeon, Dr. Sidney Martin, in Flint, MI several times. Dr. Martin takes xrays, and says everything looks good. I also refer to my knee replacement as my “Rice Krispie” knee, because it still Snaps, Crackle and Pops. Can an MRI or CT scan be of any help? I do need relief. Thanks Jerry Cox

  • Hi Jerry,
    Thanks for stopping by my site and leaving your tkr comment. I do not know whether an MRI or CT scan would help. I haven’t had any. Hopefully, others will pitch in with personal insight.
    Keep in touch and good luck!

  • Carrie Miller

    Thank you Mr. Wray I feel a lot better about what is going on with my knee. I am 6 moths post-op and I see I have a ways to go but I’m determined to get my life back 100%. Thank you so much for your feed back and encouragement.

  • David Tallent

    I had my left leg TKR September 2014. After the usual healing process of two or three months, I felt great. Then, almost suddenly, April 2015 I started having short but severe pains running down through my knee. Felt kinda like a small nerve or something. This got to be more often, then more and more of the leg started hurting. To cut to the chase, now in June 2015 it has progressed to pain halfway down my thigh to my feet. And the knee is killing me. It always feels hot, the thigh is swollen right above the knee, and there’s an extra area of swelling right above the knee towards the outside of the leg.

    I felt good for so long, and now all this. What happened?

  • Hi David,
    Thanks for visiting my site and leaving your concerning tkr comment. I don’t know what it wrong. I would recommend contacting your medical care provider.
    I’ve written about similar pain being due to a bone spur. Take a look around my site for more posts.
    Keep in touch and good luck!

  • jenny legge

    Hi – Looks like some good news and hope might go down well! I had a partial knee replacement just over two years ago. The surgeon told me it would take a couple of years to recover, which was very helpful. As I do yoga I was quite supple when I went in for the replacement, despite the degeneration. Now 2 years later, the knee is mostly very comfortable. I get the occasional slight pain but it’s getting less and less frequent and is nothing like the pain I had pre op. I can kneel & crawl with comfort and if I hold my foot up behind, I can just about touch my bottom with the heel. The scar is very thin and only really visible when the leg is sun-browned! I would suggest you research your surgeon first, choose the very best and most experienced even i it means waiting a bit (on the National Health) and make sure your muscles are as well toned as possible before the op. I took homeopathic arnica post op and phosphorus to take the anaesthetic out of the system, also a strong vit C tablet daily. A good healthy diet aids recovery. Good luck.

  • Kevin smith

    I had tnr 3 yrs ago and still suffer a lot of pain couldn’t walk without crutches for a year eventually a doctor told me the surgeon who did the tnr had put the ligaments outside my knee that’s why I have pain also the knee is not straight but nobody bothers doing anything very depressed about this

  • I had tkr in July 2013 didnot get app for physical for 6 weeks but had a home nurse come to house first 3 days and I kept doing excersises faithly never got rom now I have ex pain in knee area swollen knot like alittle below knee-cap had ex -ray showed everything in place cannot walk hardly went back to being a server I am 66 yrs young lol not ready to sit down but would like advice ,do know it didnot hurt this bad till I carried a watermelon in the house ,is there a limit to what we carry or put on our joints

  • Cindy B.

    Hello. I’m 50 yrs old female. Had at least 10 attempts to regrow cartilage in my Right Knee. These attempts at repair only made my knee pain/ROM worse. Had TKR 3/31/15 and then manipulation due to scar tissue eight weeks post-op. This is absolutely the worst pain I’ve ever experienced, including kidney stones and childbirth. My knee is the size of a cantaloupe and hot to the touch. I called my doctor and he is gone on vacation and can’t be reached. If I had the chance to go back, I’d deal with the pain I had prior to TKR. The doctors don’t want to prescribe pain killers because of all the idiots who abuse them. I was still very active and exercised everyday before surgery. Now, I’m stuck and can barely move. Knee gives out and I’ve fallen four times. Luckily, only my pride was hurt. I don’t recommend TKR. Submit to surgery only as a last resort.

  • Sue Cole

    I had TKR in Oct 2013. Five months later I had manual scar tissue manipulation. It was free and I could walk normally for two weeks, until it grew back. I had constant pain that woke me up at night. I went back to the surgeon who told me the pain was in my back and affecting my knee. He sent me to a pain doctor who told me the pain was in my knee and my back was fine. What a blow off from the great and all knowing surgeon. Almost two years later my knee walks like it has straps in place and I continue force it to work normally. A second opinion has the replacement breaking down in two years. Currently I put a magnetic pulse machine on it twice a week. The pain is gone but it still has strong scar tissue. Am SO afraid to my other knee done down the road!

  • Gigi

    I am a 44 yr old woman whom has had total knee replacement of my right knee. This was done on June 1st, 2015 and I wish could say it was sooooo much better like everyone told me it would be, sadly it isn’t 🙁 Some articles I have read said a good indicator of flexibilty on knee after surgery is what you had before surgery. What a crock of bull pardon me cuz I still can’t extend or flex my leg fully. It’s bad enough that I havae a pronounced limp when walking. More so than directly after surgery even. Not being able to fully extend my knee makes sleeping very uncomfortable. When I try to sleep on my side the knees pressing together is also uncomfy enough that I am not sleeping restfully. Last night I was woken from a near dead to the world sleep with excruciating pain. I was crying and the pain made me nauseated. This evening I had pain shooting down the bone in my leg. Doctors and physical therapists say this is all normal as I am only 7 weeks out from surgery. When is something considered abnormal? When do they decide to do something? Also I have nhot started standard physical therapy because the surgery caused edema/swelling to explode all the way up my thigh and down lower leg. They are having to do multi layer compression wraps to fix the swelling. Then I will forever have to wear compression garments.

  • Hi Gigi,
    Thanks for visiting and leaving your tkr comment. You’re experiencing everything I did at seven weeks. Exercising is the key..and it will be PAINFUL at the stage you are in. Hang in there…

  • Gigi

    I am having worse pain over the last few days than I have been in. Stabbing pain today has been bad enough I spilled something. I just am questioning having had this surgery. I was better off before surgery. I had pain but not like this and my knee won’t straighten. I just dont know what to do 🙁

  • Hi Gigi,
    I’ve written about leg straightening exercises in various posts on this site. We all know what you are going through. Take a look around and good luck!

  • It will be two years in October. Scar tissue hindered my recovery. Had manual manipulation at 4 months in and could walk pain free for two weeks when it tightened up again. Constant pain waking me up in the middle of the night and doctor said it was my back. Went to the pain doc he suggested and the pain doc said nope….it was my knee! Went to 2nd opinion doctor. He said my knee will fail and will have to be re-done. Thanks to the guy who brushed me off!! No pain now because I put a magnetic pulse machine on my knee, both knees! Not look forward to doing this again!

    http://www.doctoroz.com/article/pulsed-electromagnetic-fields-how-they-heal

  • Robin

    Hi I’m into my 5 month after revision tkr due to nickel allergy, and I will say it’s a slow healing. I have good days and bad ones. My knee still has issues straightening and its due to the extra scar tissue from the prior surgery, however you must continue the exercises everyday to keep it straight. Unfortunately when I sleep my knee will draw back and tighten which is normal and this is where the frustration comes in. It’s like starting over again to straighten it, however, I will say mine is much better today than it was a month ago. Not all knee surgeries are not the same but in my opinion PATIENCE is the main key to mental healing and strengthening the quad muscle and straightening the leg are the keys to healing. Stay ahead of your pain with your pain meds. Ice ice and elevate. Do not skip the pre-exercises given before surgery as it helps with the strengthening of the quad muscle. Remember it takes a year to heal. This surgery is no joke. I wish I didn’t have to have the other knee done but I know that I will have the correct one. So far no major issues with this one just a slow heal which is expected with a revision. Happy healing to all. Hang in there.

  • Hi Robin,
    I am certain my readers will appreciate your tkr insight and encouragement as much as I have. You sound like you’re doing great. Keep in touch and good luck!

  • Janie

    I had a hip replacement in 2013 and a TKR in 2914. I was doing pretty well but 3 months after my TKR, we discovered my husband of 45 years has cancer. He went through 6 months of chemo and is in remission. We are very grateful to God. I have been his caregiver and have had a great deal of problem with my knee. My hip,is sore but not half as painful as my knee. I have had no choice but to walk a lot as my husband was totally incapacitated. I usecacwalkerbandvwheelususe because there is no one to push me in my wheelchair.
    I am on Hydrocodone and I hate it. I have no one to help me so I just do the best I can. Friends have jumped ship but I think it’s because they just don’t know what to say or do. I think it makes them think of thier own mortality also, since none of them have ever gone through this, they don’t know what it is like and how hard it is to be a disabled caregiver.
    I use a lot if ice which helps a bit. I have reached out to the hospital, social workers, his drs, you name it. Even my church was of no help whatsoever. But all this has given me an inner strength Indidn’t know I had.
    My knee and thigh are SO painful. Caregiving us hard but I can do it with God’s help.

  • HI Janie,
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving your informatie tkr comment. It’s reassuring to know thta you are comfortable in sharing your story with us. Caregiving is especially difficult and very underappreciated. Kudos to you for doing your part.
    Keep returning to my site throughout your recuperation to realize you are not alone in your journey.
    Good luck!

    Marie B (aka Booktoots)
    Booktoots’ Healing

  • Ellen

    I had bilateral TKR in May of 2012. Things went smoothly for about six weeks and then all hell broke loose. I had woke up from surgery with drop foot but it improved to the point where just my big toe was involved (still is). After going through rehab successfully my feet and ankles suddenly started to swell and I noticed that my left foot and part of that leg were numb. The surgeon apparently nicked the peroneal nerve in the left leg. After several months I got a diagnosis of lymphedema, which I am told has no cure. Since then my lower body has continued to swell all the way up to my waist. My shoes and pants no longer fit. I have gained probably 50 pounds of water weight-gain. I am currently taking three diuretics and watching salt intake. Nothing helps. I’ve tried compression stockings and a compression suit, massage, exercise, you name it. Nothing works.

    And now I’m having severe pain in and around both knees–much worse than before surgery. I am at my wits end. I have to walk with a cane because my sense of balance is messed up due to the peroneal nerve damage. At least I think that’s what’s happening.

    Can anyone relate or advise?

  • Hi Ellen,
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving your tkr comment. I feel for you, but have not experienced anything like you are going through. Hopefully, other readers will drop in and leave insightful feedback. Good luck and keep in touch!

  • Geoff

    Wow…what a nightmare journey this is. I battled with the NHS for 2 years to get my knee fixed and eventually had a partial replacement in Sept 2015. When I went for the pre op assessment I was told that I would be doing the half marathon 6 weeks after the op. Whatever he was smoking I want some of it to maybe ease the pain that I have in my knee. The pain is worse than before the op. Having done everything that the physio and surgeon asked of me I am very disappointed that I am having this pain…..The worse thing is that I have to have the other knee done in the summer. So the big question is, do I or do I not. Best of luck everyone.

  • Hi all I had total RKR surgery July 2015. I had dislocating knee caps as a young girl and had one surgery to tighten everything up again. Then later years had a second surgery where as the surgeon put it a screw to hold everything in place. Then 2015 I blew my meniscus and acl and couldn’t walk. Since the tkr I have more than full range of motion back 132 degrees. I have no pain when sleeping or sitting or relaxing. But, when I walk my knee clicks and clacks like a socket set tool. I also have full numbness in the front of the knee which surgeon told may be permanent because of 2 prior operations on the same knee. Which in my opinion makes sense that is a small price to pay. The clicks and clacks are what drive me nuts.
    P.S. my left knee is almost in the same state it too has had 2 prior surgeries on it and it’s getting close to a replacement as well.
    Thanks for reading

  • Khris

    Easiest most simple way to look at why does knee hurt after tkr. As it was told to me by my surgeon,,he did left nov 3 2015 and right dec 28 2015,,in his words,,,,look at it like this,,,,,you have been in a massive train wreck,,,,i cut,,sawed,,,,beat,,twisted jerked,and that was to get your old worn out knee out of your body,,,and basically did alot of pulling and more twisting and beating,,,after it was put in to make sure it moved,,flexed,,,and twisted and extended like i wanted it to,,,,,,,they dont want to have to do all that again because something wasnt right or went wrong after they close you up,,,,,,and there was ALOT OF TRAUMA IT WENT THROUGH,,,,,it takes time to heal,,,i recommend going to youtube.com and searching for tkr and watching a REAL SURGERY VIDEO,theres hundreds that are long,,,,,an hour plus,,,but you see first hand what was done to you,,,,,i know it sux,,,,but i know by experience it does get better,,,,i didnt believe it but it does,,,,,swelling is gonna happen,,,,ice and elevation are your friends,,,,,keep with the r.i.c.e and dont over do it,,,dont play hero if you wake up and it doesnt hurt,,,,,chances are youll have plenty of hours before you go back to bed,,,,time and healing work together,,,i was in constant pain after my left for 4 weeks and i HATED LIFE,,,,no sleep,,,rom was 90’s no more,,,,,mua on dec 8 2015 on left and a night in hospital ,,,went home,,,,rom was 110 120 2 days later and has stayed 120 130 since,,,,right leg has been alot better pain wise and rom has been 90s right after and now 4 weeks later 120s constantly,,,,,

  • Khris

    I forgot to mention the ” clicking clanking noises ” i was told by my surgeon that he put the depuy synthes attune rotating platform knee in both legs,,,, and im feeling and hearing the rotation ,,,,,your god given knee your born with slightly rotates when you walk run,,,,whatever,,,,, so that is the one that closely resembles what is taken out i dont hear or ferl it always but it is kinda weird ,,,,freaky when i do,,,,,if you call hospital that did the surgery,,,,tell them you want the post op report ,and post op xray that was taken when they closed you up,,,,and tell them its for continuing treatment,,,they will get those for you,,,,xray will be on a disk usually 2 views,,,side and forward,,,and because you say continuing treatment chances are they will be free,,,,,mine were,,,,both surgerys,,,,the report will say how much was sawed off,,, and what everything they used including what kind of joint was put in leg,,,,,,,

  • Thanks for sharing your insight, Khris. I am certain others will benefit as much a I have. Good luck! 🙂

  • had TKR Nov 2015 14 weeks on cannot get knee to straighten so when I walk I have a limp when walking after about 20 minutes my knee seems to lock up and it goes numb. I still have numbness down left side of knee I am of meds saw physio once not seeing her again for 6 weeks am doing exercises I am not back at work yet as I am still using stick when I go out it is the stiffness and numbness that is getting me down

  • Hi Linda,
    Thanks so much for visiting my site and feeling comfortable enough to leave your comment. I experienced the same things you are going through when I was at your stage. In fact, you are doing much better than I was. 🙂 You are not alone.
    Stay in touch and good luck!

  • TonyD

    Just wanted to add my experience. I had a TKR on right knee Jan 2015 and am still experiencing stiffness mainly after waking in morning and pain mostly walking down stairs. Went to surgeon and examined x-rays and all was fine with knee. He says full recovery can take up to 3 years and his advice was to continuing strengthening the quadracep muscle. I too experienced the progression of issues after TKR he described as pain after surgery and walking and then going up stairs and then going downstairs as the final big issue and that is where conditioning the muscles to take the load off the knee. Losing weight wouldn’t hurt either.
    Well that is my two cents. I hope he is right because I’m doing my left in 3 months.

  • Hi Tony,
    Thanks for visiting my site and leaving your tkr experience comment. I am confident others will appreciate it, as well. Best of luck with your upcoming surgery. Keep in touch!

  • I am nearly 23wks after surgery swelling has gone down still have limp when walking doctor told me I need to retrain my brain to stop . walking is getting better but I am a still experiencing numbness on left side and tightening when walking.The back of my knee at the bend has started to hurt when walking it feels like 3 steps forward and 5 back .I am hoping to get back to work the middle of May .reduced hours to start, hopefully by the summer I will be well on my way .

  • my daughter told me my limp was not as noticeable had comments I was walking better ,still pain when exercising but grin and bear it knee stiff goes numb and feels very hard after walking

  • You have the attitude, Linda! Thanks for stopping by again and leaving your insightful tkr comment. It does get better..

  • nearly 25wks in at physio today doesn’t think I will get any more than 103 in bend told her back of knee was painfull especially coming down stairs she said it was probably muscle tissue told to keep up with the exercises but she was very pleased not to go back for 6wks she thinks it will be last visit feeling more positive as it has been long and hard to get where I am I have had great support from my family .it can really get you down if you let it

  • back at work on reduced hours didn’t realise how tiring it is I must admit I am struggling a little bit .I have had to do stretch exercises at work get a lot of funny looks but also a lot of laughs.my collegues didn’t release how hard it is . probably put most of them of. leg still gets very tight and I struggle to get it to bend.Got to keep going keep positive

  • Hi Linda,
    Thanks for stopping by again and taking the time to leave your tkr update. I am certain other readers understand what you are going through, as well as I do. It sure is tiring. 😕 Best of luck and keep in touch!

  • Leta Keokuk

    3 and 1/2 after TKR – was doing great. Exercising on bike and series of exercises therapist gave me and now have sharp pain on right side of knee when I try to walk normally or after I have elevated my leg. Swelling and stiffness is back. Waiting a week before I go back for x-ray. I stand a lot at work. Maybe someone can shed some light on this. Thanks

  • Anthony varpentieri

    I had TKR only 12 days ago. Pain is moderate and has subsided a bit and i am experiencing some clicking sounds. I am doing all of the recommended exercises and attending PT regularly. My bend is at 92.. The outside Part of my knee is numb and i cannot do a leg raise at all. Just today i started to feel pain on inside part of the knee. Not sure if it was due to recent PT session but wondering if others experienced something similiar.

  • Kevin Swartzendruber

    Why didn’t you answer the question that is your title?

  • Cathy Canant

    Wow, I stumbled across this website looking for encouragement and tips on post surgical muscle strengthening. After reading some of the posts, I realized I should be thankful of my progress and am actually ahead of schedule. I am 8 weeks post op, my ROM is 133, flexion is not great, but, not too shabby. I will say, a scheduled cruise the end of November has been a huge motivational tool to get me up off the couch, do the therapy, ice the numb and swollen knee and muscles. When or if a tkr looms for the other one, I will just have to tell my Husband we are going on another cruise. Good Luck all, keep positive thoughts while doing your therapy.

  • Hi Kevin,
    Read between the lines.

  • Tom Woodward

    I’m 5 weeks and 4 days out from TKR w/ an Attune knee on the left side. First 4 days were a cakewalk the next 5 weeks had me doubting if I had made a good decision because of the unrelenting pain.

    My surgeon has a great reputation though and after ensuring that things we going well, I stopped going to my loosy therapist and started going to the local rec center and started swimming laps. My ROM is 110 degrees and finally I got my first full nights sleep.

    Although I find it difficult to stand in one spot for any reasonable length of time, I’m able to lead with that leg going both up and down stairs and I’m only taking Tylenol and an occasional tramadol now.

  • Great news, Tom! Glad to hear you are doing so well and able to sleep soundly. Keep up the great work and check back with us often. Good luck!

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