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What should I do if i can't straighten my knee 1 year after surgery?

What should I do if i can't straighten my knee 1 year after surgery?

See your orthopedist: What exactly was the surgery? If the knee contracture is mild then physical therapy may help. If it is more severe then i would speak with the orthopedist. ...Read more

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Managing Knee Pain (Checklist)

Try and determine cause
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Write down severity, duration, location (front/back of knee, etc.)
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If swollen, ice the knee with a bag of ice, bag of frozen peas, etc.
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See a doctor
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How come i can't straighten the knee when I am standing up? It is painful to move it straight. I seem to have a lot of grinding and locking of the knee

How come i can't straighten the knee when I am standing up? It is painful to move it straight. I seem to have a lot of grinding and locking of the knee

Knee locking: You may have a few things going on...A torn meniscus with an unstable fragment, loose cartilagenous or bony body, inflamed synovial tissue, underlying arthritis with bone spurs present, an acute inflammatory condition such as gout or pseudo gout. Grinding of the knee is usually due to chondromalacia of the patella or trochlea. ...Read more

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I can't straighten my knee without pain i can hardly walk or stand must keep the knee slightly bent to prevent pain it just happened suddenly after sit?

I can't straighten my knee without pain i can hardly walk or stand must keep the knee slightly bent to prevent pain it just happened suddenly after sit?

Get it checked : Orthopedic surgeon can tell you if its a significant meniscal tear or loose body causing impingement, that could warrant scope. ...Read more

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Managing Knee Pain (Checklist)

Strengthen muscles around the joint
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Use a brace for activity when needed
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Eat a healthy diet and take vitamins
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I had plica removed along with a chondroplasty now i can't straighten my knee. I was told that I have arthrofibrosis. What is the treatment for that?

I had plica removed along with a chondroplasty now i can't straighten my knee. I was told that I have arthrofibrosis. What is the treatment for that?

Depends.: Arthrofibrosis is scar tissue. Sometimes it will respond to an oral medication called a Medrol Dosepack (prednisone). If that fails, you may need arthroscopic surgery to remove the scar tissue. Keep up with your physical therapy motion exercises. ...Read more

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Managing Knee Pain (Checklist)

Avoid hard soled footwear
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Exercise the knees while sitting
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Climb stairs gently
every 4 hours
Perform thigh-strengthening exercises
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So i had played 6 games of volleyball in a tourney, so now i can't straighten out my knee when i walk, but i can laying down. Whats the problem?

So i had played 6 games of volleyball in a tourney, so now i can't straighten out my knee when i walk, but i can laying down. Whats the problem?

Difficult to say: Without an exam, but could be a meniscal tear, patellar maltracking problem, synovitis, muscle spasm. Being more specific could help. Tell where the pain is, how bad, when do you get it, did you injure the knee, does it catch or lock, has this happened before. ...Read more

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