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Dr. Bernard Seif
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Walking (Definition)

Your doctor may also suggest a safe exercise plan. Walking is usually the easiest type of exercise, but swimming or other low-impact exercises can work just as well. Exercise is an important way to keep blood sugar in control, and physical activity in pregnancy has been found to decrease the risk ...Read more


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I had a total knee replacement three years ago I have done two marathons and walk and swim every day. I'm having significant pain. Is this normal?

I had a total knee replacement three years ago I have done two marathons and walk and swim every day. I'm having significant pain. Is this normal?

Not normal: There are people with new knee replacements who do complete triathlons successfully. Although a person may have knee pain (even without a joint replacement) for a few days after a marathon I would not expect you to have severe pain for weeks after an event. Occasionally the hardware of the new knee replacement can loosen resulting in pain symptoms. Please follow up with your orthopedic doctor.

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Is it wise to walk for 30 minutes a day/5 days a week, 6 months after a total knee replacement surgery?

Is it wise to walk for 30 minutes a day/5 days a week, 6 months after a total knee replacement surgery?

Yes.: Exercise is important to maintaining many aspects of health. Walking is typically well tolerated by an artificial joint. Use common sense to guide your initial efforts. Start slowly and add duration/distance in small increments.

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Had total knee replacement 8/15/2012 went back to work 10/22 no problem I walk on concrete at work today it swell big and my ankle?

Had total knee replacement 8/15/2012 went back to work 10/22 no problem I walk on concrete at work today it swell big and my ankle?

Post op edema: May be due to post op edema secondary to your tkr, would advise follow up with your orthopaedic surgeon for the best ways to mitigatethe edema.

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I had total knee replacement five months ago still on walking stick did have Pe and then thigh haematoma from heparin then six lots of blood?

I had total knee replacement five months ago still on walking stick did have Pe and then thigh haematoma from heparin then six lots of blood?

The answer lyes in-: -your treating physicians brain. Not going to find an answer here. This is a common complication of anticoagulant therapy. Follow the advice to a T.

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Having total knee replacement. Job requires in and out of truck 200 plus times and walk 6-8 miles delivering pkgs over 100 lbs. Can I still do this?

Having total knee replacement. Job requires in and out of truck 200 plus times and walk 6-8 miles delivering pkgs over 100 lbs. Can I still do this?

I don't think so: My concern is that such heavy work on the knee will shorten the useful life of the new knee. Was your work a factor in your needing to get a knee replacement in the first place? I recommend you discuss this with your orthopedic surgeon and physical therapist. Hope that helps.

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8 month since arthroscopic knee surgery, still hurts to walk. Do injections take pain away or should I get total knee replacement? Lots of pain : (

8 month since arthroscopic knee surgery, still hurts to walk. Do injections take pain away or should I get total knee replacement? Lots of pain : (

Post- op knee pain: Knee replacement depends on age and extent of damage. Still having pain could mean damage was too great to improve much, or you wern't given a chance3 to rehab it. Age is an important factor here.

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After a total knee replacement is it normal to hear a sound like cracking knuckles when walking or moving the knee sideways?

After a total knee replacement is it normal to hear a sound like cracking knuckles when walking or moving the knee sideways?

Yes: The soft tissues that glide over the implant with movement may make sounds. If there is pain or swelling then evaluation would be reasonable

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Will total knee replacement help my problem? Both legs from knees to feet ache all day and night. Top of feet sore to touch. Walking 20 to 30 minutes is extent of mobility time. Must sit for a few minutes.

Will total knee replacement help my problem? Both legs from knees to feet ache all day and night. Top of feet sore to touch. Walking 20 to 30 minutes is extent of mobility time. Must sit for a few minutes.

Not Sure: Knee replacement probably will not help your problem. The description of an ache form the knees to the top of the feet that that gets worse with walking and requires you to sit down after 20-30 min sounds more like a back problem called spinal stenosis.

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What makes the knee so stiff after total knee replacement?

What makes the knee so stiff after total knee replacement?

Scar tissue: After a knee replacement, achieving maximum knee motion is often a race against your bodies natural healing process. Though your pre-operative range of motion can ofter predict your maximum expected post-op range of motion, aggressive physical therapy is crucial to achieve the best result.

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Can gazelle be used after total knee replacement?

Can gazelle be used after total knee replacement?

Yes: I'm assuming you are referring to the low impact exercise machine. A gazelle would be very good exercise, as would most other low impact machines such as an elliptical, stationary bike, etc. Generally anything that isn't high impact is a safe option for exercise and sports participation after knee replacement. You should avoid high impact activities such as running, jumping, etc.

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Why can you not jump after total knee replacement?

Why can you not jump after total knee replacement?

Not Advisable: Every stress put across a total knee replacement subtracts from the longevity of the replacement. Smart exercise as discussed with your orthopedist and your physical therapist is advised.

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What are the exercises after total knee replacement surgery?

Strength and motion: Patients lose 30-50% of muscle strength after tka and have to exercise to regain that strength. Leg raising, walking, and progressive exercises to improve the quadriceps function will help. Motion exercises include bending the knee to regain flexion and full extension (straightening). These should be done 3-4 times/day. Bending, biking, and pulling on the leg in flexion will help.

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What would cause knee locking up after total knee replacement?

What would cause knee locking up after total knee replacement?

Knee locking: You should have this discussion with your surgeon. If he does not give you a satisfactory answer and solution, it is okay to get a second opinion.

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Is pain still normal nine weeks after total knee replacement surgery?

Is pain still normal nine weeks after total knee replacement surgery?

Yes: It varies quite a bit. Some parltients do really well even within a couple weeks of surgery, while others dolly improve over several months. If your surgeon is happy with how your knee and X-rays look, I would not be too concerned. Hopefully you will soon turn the corner and start feeling better.

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How long until my knee feels better after total knee replacement surgery?

How long until my knee feels better after total knee replacement surgery?

It depends: Full recovery after knee replacement usually takes more than a year. Most patients reduce their use of pain medicines within two weeks of the replacement, by 6 weeks they are comfortable and usually by 3 months the knee is fading into the background, and life doesn't revolve around the new knee. Everyone is different and this is a general time line. If you are concerned tell your doctor.

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I was wondering what are the exercise after total knee replacement surgery?

I was wondering what are the exercise after total knee replacement surgery?

You will do many: Different exercises. However, there are two main areas that a pt will work with you. First, you will need to work on stretching your hamstrings, making sure you get your knee in full extension. The second, which is very close to this, is quadriceps strengthening. Overall gait stabilization is also important. Pre-surgery exercises programs have demonstrated success in better post-surgery outcomes.

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What is involved in knee manipulation after total knee replacement surgery?

What is involved in knee manipulation after total knee replacement surgery?

Forceful bending: A total knee replacement that has not regained adequate knee flexion after surgery can by treated with a manipulation under anesthesia. This procedure involves the manual disruption of fibrous scar tissue that can sometimes develop within the knee joint. Dedicated range of motion exercises, with a physical therapist and done independently, are critical to the success of this procedure.

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How long would it take before my knee feels better after total knee replacement surgery?

How long would it take before my knee feels better after total knee replacement surgery?

3 months: It takes about 6 weeks to feel better than you did before surgery when walking and 3 months to return to all normal activities. I tell patients that it will be a year before you reach maximal improvement.

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