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A 36-year-old member asked:

What can i do about stiffness after having knee replacement surgery?

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Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 25 years experience
Work hard on it !!: A knee replacement, if done correctly, is designed to bend almost fully. It is essential to regain full range of motion after surgery for a good result and improved lifestyle. Limited bending may come from poor patient effort, technical errors in surgery, trouble with medications, or therapy issues. Often a surgeon will help the knee bend under anesthesia if you can't get it yourself!
Dr. John Xenos
Orthopedic Surgery 34 years experience
Don't give up!: It depends how far from surgery you are. Initial stiffness is common during the inflammatory stage of healing. This is when warmth of the knee and night pain is most noticeable. As inflammation decreases, range of motion increases. This is the most common cause of early stiffness and is best addressed with appropriately aggressive pt, both oral and topical nsaids and rest.

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Dr. Roger Palutsis
Sports Medicine 37 years experience
Strength: Although most pts are limited with pain prior to a tka, doing excercises to build-up your quads will help. This can be straight leg raises and wall sits. Practice using a cane or crutches as well. Building up your iron stores with a MVI (multivitamin) or eating greens will help limit any affects of postop anemia.

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