I am almost 3 months out from surgery and my knee still feels like it has a cement cast around it. My flexion is only at 105° passive. Can’t seem to break that barrier. Still not sleeping well at night, and there doesn’t seem to be a light at the end of the tunnel. No one prepared me for all of this, but it least of all ... the depression. Help!!!
Stiffness doesn't subside, you have to work it out. That means doing your pt exercises at home faithfully, and more than just once a day. Mild exercise is also important. You can't just sit around all day. Take a walk. Use a cane or walker if you're worried about stability, but take a walk. Get a friend or neighbor to walk with you so the conversation will help keep you distracted. You still have a lot of healing to do so don't get discouraged. But you do have to realize that you're the one that is responsible for the range of motion you get back. I laughingly called my physical therapist "Atilla the Hun", but he pushed me and helped me until I had 100% range of motion back. Most Drs won't expect that of you and mine was really happy and impressed. So you really can do this!
feel your pain. I had a full knee replacement on 8/8/18. I’m only at 78° and my dr said I now need a knee manipulation procedure. Ugh. Not looking forward to that at all. My Knee is pretty painful and stiff and uncomfortable. I also have some partial paralysis in my foot/ankle. I cannot bend/lift my foot up like I used to. And I have a lot of places on my foot and leg that I can’t feel still. It’s numb. For the first two weeks after surgery I could not even move my foot at all, or feel it. I can slowly now move it a little bit and little by little it seems to be getting better. But it’s not like before. Something went wrong because they told me that it was the medicine they used to numb my foot and it should last only 24 hours but after the 24 hours, then they said oh maybe a couple days and then it went a couple weeks and now it’s been 7 weeks today. So who knows. Pretty scary because I don’t know if it will ever be the same. Also you’re right about the depression. That’s making everything even worse. Nobody tells you about that. I think it’s from constantly being in pain or uncomfortable and not knowing what future holds or how long it’s going to last. Gets you so frustrated because ya can’t get around easily or do anything like you use to do. You have to depend on other people too. Sometimes it feels like it wasn’t worth it to get the knee surgery. Before the surgery I had pain, but I could at least move it. Well after saying all that I do have some good news for ya. (I got to keep reminding myself too)
So well in my family we all have bad knees. and my mother (78) my brother(56) and my two sisters (54&50) have all had knee replacements. And the good news is that all of them are walking better now and don’t have any pain. My mother and brother had both left and right knees done. That was a few years ago and he can now bend, kneel, play racketball. etc. No pain. My mom had both knees and both hips and she’s 78 years old and she can walk now with no pain also. So I think it something we just need to get through. It’s a long road but there is light at the end of the tunnel. I know it seems like it’s gonna last forever but it doesn’t.
It does and will get better in time. Just try to hang in there.
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