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Stiffness After Knee Replacement
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. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Causes of stiffness following knee replacement include scar tissue formation, component size and position among many factors. However, the most important factor is the patient's preoperative motion (i.e. Preoperative stiffness is likely going to lead to less than optimal postoperative motions). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What could cause sudden onset of swelling & stiffness months after a total knee replacement? Tkr was mid-nov 2012. Had full rom, etc until today.
Infection: Any sudden change in a joint replacement represented by new onset of swelling, pain or stiffness could indicate an infection until proven otherwise. You are still very early out from surgery so this could be just muscle but if the joint looks swollen and you've lost motion I would advise a prompt f/u with your surgeon. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Follow-up: Be sure to follow-up with your surgeon to be sure there are no issues with the surgery or complications. It can take several months to fully recover so be patient. Pt is important both at home and with your therapist. Stiffness may be due to non-compliance with your pt program. Otc meds for the pain and they are not effective then stronger meds may be needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have knee arthritus but I have mobility and stiffness, no pain. Is a knee replacement in the horizon. Thanks!
R Knee replacement surgery 5/21 & have pain outer side and stiffness back and left of knee. Normal? What to do improve pain, stiffness. Weaknesdo walk,
Knee replacements: There are multiple causes of post-operative knee pain/stiffness after knee replacement. Your pain seems to be located mostly in the outside of the knee. This could be from impingement of the knee replacement components on the soft tissues. Recommend getting new x-rays and consulting with an orthopedic surgeon ...Read more
It is 7 wks since I have total knee replacement. Still swollen knee and ankle. Have stiffness and lots of pain at nite. Is it normal I am active?
Symptoms are low grade fever, very sleepy all the time, randomly s.O.B, pain, swelling, and stiffness in left knee (replacement with popliteal cyst)?
R/O infection: Believe you need to see the surgeon that implanted your knee to rule out a low grade infected total knee. ...Read more
I am having knee replacement in april, 2013. I can't take opium pain medication. What else can I take to relieve the pain? Thanks, dee
It would be very wise to meet with a pain specialist prior to your surgery to set yourself up for success. Alternative investigation too may help: meditation, acupuncture, massage.
Possible meds include
pain blocker Gabapentin (neurontin)
anti inflammatory such as meloxicam, naprosyn, (naproxen) etc
opiate alternative tramadol (warning; addictive too)
seek specialty advice. ...Read more
I had a medisic knee repair 1 yr ago and since then I have been in constant pain can't do the simplest thing do u think I could get knee replacement?
See Ortho doc: You may need exercises to range your knee, however if there is something wrong with your replacement the orthopedic doc may need to further evaluate you. ...Read more
On june 10 th I have knee replacement. My knee doesn't respond as well as I expect. It doesn't flex enough. I will have knee manipulation. What is this?
Life Changing: If you have a bona fide need for replacement and have seen a reputable orthopedist, this surgery can change your life. You will have <1 week in the hospital, perhaps a week in rehab if any, and will have 2-6 weeks of rehabilitation to go through pending any complicaitons, your general health and condition. You will have some pain, stiffness and muscle atrophy, thus the therapy. Ask a lot of? 's. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Pain: If you have pain on a daily basis, the pain prevents you from doing things you would ordinarily do. If you have tried or oral anti-inflammatories and injections with cortizone (hydrocortisone) and they have not helped. You should also have x-rays that show advanced degenerative joint disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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