I can only bend knee back 85 degrees and stretch leg at 12. Its supposed to be 110 and 0. I feel like im not doing good enough. I go to p.t and do my excer at home. Getting depressed. Still in some pain too!
Everyone progresses differently. Be sure that you do your exercises as they tell you to-that is truly key to a good outcome. Also, it helps you get more out of therapy if you take something for pain 30 min before your physical therapy or you do your exercises. If you are off the opioid pain relievers you can take acetaminophen prior. If you are still getting opioids take a dose off that prior to PT or exercise. Hang in there and keep working hard and it will pay off!
I know how you feel, it's discouraging. What do you physical therapist and doctor says? My physical therapist said my leg probably hadn't been straight for a long time anywa because of the way I'd been walking before the surgery. I'm bending ok, but only with alot of effort and pain... so that doesn't sound normal to me???
Some knees are designed to only flex 95 degrees. I would find out what knee you have in you. Knees were my main area of expertise having invented two. Remember the 120/80 blood pressure analogy. 110 degrees is an short term goal and 120 is an ultimate goal. Everyone reaches those at different times and some never reach those precise numbers. Always work only up to pain and not into it. If you have more pain than is tolerable get it under control especially now because directly effects short term recovery. Find out if he did any muscle balancing during the surgery or if you had a major flexion contracture and what he did to positively effect it. It is a fine level between pushing yourself to get better and managing your pain. I don't know you so should not comment. You need to talk bluntly, however, with your Dr. About your pain management issues. Best of luck - Steve
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