Has anyone experienced the same thing and what causes it?
When you had the surgery, they moved muscles, nerves, tendons, etc around and then moved them back into place. Your muscle is reacting. That's one reason they get you up and walking that same day. Your therapist will give you gentle extension exercises that should help. Ice will help. If it becomes too much of a problem, tell your Dr so he can prescribe you a muscle relaxer. As your leg heals, you'll feel odd twinges and feelings as the nerves heal. For the longest time I could touch a certain area on my knee and feel it on the top of my foot! This healing process goes on for months. I'd get muscles "tics", (like eyelid tics) in the muscles around my knee after almost every pt session. Not so much painful as darned annoying. Your muscles atrophy very quickly and you'll need to build your strength and endurance back up. As painful as it might be, the very best thing you can do are the home exercises your therapist will give you. The harder you work for full extension, the easier it will be to work out muscle spasms. Most Dr's are satisfied with 85% range of movement. Don't you settle. I worked, sweated and occasionally cried my way through therapy and was rewarded with 100% range of motion in my knee. Replacement doesn't mean you'll never have any pain in your knee. It will still ache when it's going to rain or snow and various other times. But you'll not experience that bone on bone pain that you've suffered til now. I work 2 jobs where I stand and walk the entire shifts. I may be tired and a bit sore after an 11 hour day, but I can do it! I wish you the very best of luck in your recovery and feel free to ask any other questions you come up with.
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