I’ve had some inquiries regarding having a hot knee after a tkr. It brought back some memories I’d like to share. Ahh…memories.
For about the first five months after my tkr, every time I would get done exercising, my knee would get warm. Depending upon how strenuous my exercise was, the heatness would vary.
When I was still gaining flexibility and increasing my tkr muscle strength, it was very warm. The icing afterwards was always a shock at first. This was immediately after my tkr until three months, as an estimate.
The exercises were more therapy based at that time. I remember being told to feel the tkr warmth to determine how hard I was working. As my muscles worked, they’d warm up. I could feel the warmth without touching my tkr knee.
After a solid four months, the warmness would decrease, but it was still there. I had to touch my tkr knee to feel the warmth at this stage. This is the stage when I started to walk as exercise, but very slowly.
I wasn’t using any walking aide. I was still building up my gait that I hadn’t had in 30 years. My hamstrings (plural for one leg?) were still very painful.
Now that I’m at 18 months post tkr, my knee does not get warm after exercise. Or…if it does, I don’t notice it.
Hope this helps anyone else going through the tkr recuperation.
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