I had knee replacement in Aug 2011. Dont have much motion and still in pain. So they r going to straiten knee all the way and bend knee all the way back break up scar tissue while im sleep. I had a very hard time w pain after first surgery because of tolerance to pain meds. I heard this was very painful and p.t. is important everyday after surgery. First day! Im still waiting on pain management doc. My doc has helped but cant continue. The whole reason had surg was to decrease pain and meds. Im depressed and only 34 yrs old. Frustrated!
Having knee joint manipulation surgery. How long is pain after?
Question posted by rainrenaye on 8 Dec 2011
Last updated on 11 October 2018
Looking at your dates you may have already been through this - can you advise me on my upcoming "manipulation" Feb 14, 2018:
2002 had a knee replacement, right knee. 2004 had left knee done. 2006 fell through a deck and right knee replacement broke right leg in 7 places, cast and brace for 6 months - plate and 6 screws in thigh. 2008 had plate and screws removed because of rubbing on scar tissue at knee. 2017 had knee revision (very painful) because of wear and tear and all that knee went through as cement wore away, (or what ever held it together). 10 weeks out and still in lots of pain after 12 physical therapy sessions. Knee won't go straight (at a -10) or bend to 120˚ only 114˚. Dr. is planing on manipulation in 5 days, I am petrified. The way I understand it like straining the knee, tearing ligaments and scar tissue and pushing the knee back to flatten. My
whole leg is achy and in pain still and was wondering who had this done and how successful it was and how much pain is involved thereafter, as they will be sending me straight to physical therapy after they do this?
I am sure as time has passed you have found your answer. However, I came here trying to find the same answer to the same question and did not feel that anyone truly answered the question.
With that said today I am at 8 weeks post operative on a full knee replacement. I have had a decreased range in motion and as of today as I entered the operating room for surgical manipulation I was at 60 degree's.
The procedure lasted no more than 15 minutes and upon awakening I felt a moderate cramping in my upper leg. I have been out of surgery for 3 hours and had a dose of norco prior to leaving the hospital and stopped to get my meds on the way home. I am sitting in my chair with a rolling pin under foot working my knee for the last hour and do not find the need for pain medication at this time. It continues to feel like a mild Charlie horse and walking is not as comfortable as it was this morning but certainly very tolerable.
Keep in mind everyone has different pain thresholds / tolerances and mine is rather high. I will update this over the next few days so others in future have a point of index.
I have the same question as you. I had a TKR on October 26, 2016. It is now January 29, 2017 and my straightening is terrible. I am at a -15. My bend is at 116 with assistance and 111 on my own. I am so stiff but am walking, driving and moving on with my life. My pain is significantly less then before surgery! My surgeon is not happy that my leg won't straighten so he wants to do manipulation. I have a keloid scar on the outside which means there is probably a lot of keloid on the inside which, I'm assuming, slowed my progress. I'm simply not sure I want to do this. I am 61 and have had two previous knee surgeries for torn meniscus... now this. I have plans for trips and outings and I'm not sure how the pain will be with manipulation and if I will be starting all over again. I just can't face that pain and dependency again. I am still not sleeping as the pain at night is awful.
I am also trying to figure out, if I have scar tissue that they want to break up, then won't the broken up scars turn to new scars? Just doesn't make sense. Thanks in advance for any responses.
I had total knee replacement surgery on Oct. 18, 2016. I was in the hospital 4 days. I went to a care center and got almost no physical torture. I ended up back in the hospital for another 3 days because of complications. I went back to the care center and 3 days later when I went in to get my staples out I told the doctor I was going home. She said fine. I now go to physical torture 3 times a week. My knee is still swollen, warm and very painful. I have gone from 60 degrees to 93 degrees. I saw my doctor last Monday and she said if I am not at 100 degrees a week from next Monday I will have to have manipulation on it. I am so depressed. I do not want more pain, I want this to get better. The therapist I see thinks it is just getting the muscles in my leg to work right and I will be over 100 degrees. I sure hope he is right. If I had known this was going to happen I would never had this surgery. Yes, it was painful before the surgery but at least my knee worked.
I had my surgery Sept12, 2016 and I can't bend my knee either. I had a few problems after surgery and end up staying a week in the hospital. So I did get to do much , than they put me in a swing bed where I had therapy in the hospital, that was OK, so I got to go home but I didn't get any help until four days later cause of my insurance, in the mean time I tried to do all I could to get my knee working but it kept getting swelling and hurting. Went to the doctor that Friday and because I could not bend it, he said I was going to outpatient therapy, well I called them and they scheduled me for this wendsday, now mind you I am not getting any help so I am doing this on my own, now he is talking bout giving me two weeks and if I cannot bend it he is going to do a manipulation. I am scared cause I had a hard time with the first surgery. What should I do.
Never heard of having this done but it makes sense to me. My Ortho MD
worked with me before the surgery and I asked to have the knee thing working on my new knee right after surgery. You want the knee to bend and I had no problem until no one checked to see that the machine had worked its way to my groin area. I complained on the spot. I was two days post op and went to a nursing home for almost three weeks. I had physical therapy every day and I was determined to get full range of movement but only got 98%. That was two years ago and I am now age 65. I recently took a full fall, landed on both of my knees and swore I broke my right arm. ER said no breaks but I am in big time pain but am moving as much as I can. Just leg lifts loosen me up. Seeing the MD on Monday for my shoulder.
Rain, I am going through the same issues.. Have surgery on January 6 and here I am, not able to bend it 100%, now they want to do a manipulation.. I'm not a happy Camper
I had partial knee replacement Feb 3 2016, unfortunately we had to flip a coin to choose which knee to do first bc the err u both r bad. Now it has been a month and I am doing terrible! I have no control of my thigh muscle n now they r talking about manipulation!! I am really trying not to give up but oh my goodness the pain. And now the other knee gave out and I don't think there is a snowball chance downstairs do I think I will be getting that one done!! Is anyone doing better after knee replacement and manipulation I'm scared!!
I'm having mua on Monday. I had a partial knee replacement September 28th 2015 I have scar tissue that won't break loose even in therapy i can't bend my knee it's warm and pain full. It's been 2 months since my surgery. I know I will have pain after this it's going too suck because I have to start all over again.
Hi. I had the knee replacement surgery Aug 4th. . I had no motion & tons of pain. . Then 2 weeks ago I had the manipulation. . I'm in agony! I still have no motion & more pain. I am going to see my doctor tomorrow. . I hope he has a good plsn. . Because I can't do this anymore. I wondered how u were doing & if u have motion. . I do hope you are doing better hun. . I just wish I could heal & move on with my life:)
I am also 34 years old, fractured my knee 8 weeks back and my PT is working on bending my knee and it hurt like hell today. My knee is stiff as i was not supposed to bend until today. I got only 40 degrees. I am thinking about Manipulation option. How are you feeling now after the Manipulation of knee? Did it help you? Please respond, thanks in advance!!
hang in there, and as for the pain dr, are you in the hospital still, or at home? and with no pain meds till you see a pain dr? the dr who did the surgery is suppose to give you a supply to last till you see this pain dr. if your dr cant give it to you i say go to the emergency room, explain the pain your in from the surgery and tell the er dr you cant get pain meds till you see a pain dr., most times the er dr will give you some meds to take home. get on that drs appt, even if you have to be a walk in and wait too be fit in. pain is not fun and often some drs dont give a hoot about patients pain because they are not going thru it. i hope things start to get better for you. hang in there and come to the family here at dc. take care
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