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What can cause back pain after knee surgery?

What can cause back pain after knee surgery?

Alignment issue...: Recovery from knee surgery is problematic enough; but if you have a 'sensitive' back this raises the level of care. Any problem that throws off your gait (or how you walk) will cause instability in the muscles and dynamic of your back. Keeping strong abdominal muscles will help counteract this problem; and as your knee recovers your back issue should walk on by. Try some heat to help your back.

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Knee surgery may be done for congenital, traumatic or degenerative causes. Arthroscopy is a common method for treating cartilage and ligament problems. Open surgeries are commonly performed for fractures. Knee joint replacement may be done in (usually) older individuals with knee joint arthritis that impairs their daily function and which is not ...Read more


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I just had knee surgery on tuesday. The only semi comfortable position is on my back. What can I do to help the lower back pain?

I just had knee surgery on tuesday. The only semi comfortable position is on my back. What can I do to help the lower back pain?

If u can put your: Feet flat with your hips at 45degrees and your knees at 90 degrees (or there abouts) it will take pressure off your lower back.

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Can knee surgery or back surgery cause you to become shorter?

Can knee surgery or back surgery cause you to become shorter?

No: It is difficult to make someone shorter through knee or spine surgery. Typically, corrections of the knee or spine (straighten) will functionally lengthen the limb or stature. The changes though are usually not significant.

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Can knee surgery or back surgery cause your height to get shorter?

Can knee surgery or back surgery cause your height to get shorter?

No: Knee surgery or back surgery per se do not result in loss of height. But with ageing the loss of the articulate cartilages in the knee and resulting narrowing of the joint may lead. To lessened height. The disc between our vertebra loses water content as we age, this leads to degenerative changes and if combined with vertebral collapse as in compression fractures will lead to loss of height.

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Could my low back pain be caused from having knee problems? I just had my 2nd ACL surgery and have played college soccer with a torn ACL for a season.

Could my low back pain be caused from having knee problems? I just had my 2nd ACL surgery and have played college soccer with a torn ACL for a season.

Low Back Pain: Your low back pain could be related to your knee problems, however, it could be a separate issue all together. If there are underlying disc herniations, lumbar facet joint arthritis and enlargement, or spinal stenosis - these could all lead to pressure on spinal nerves that can cause pain. Low back pain can also be due to the surrounding parapsinal muscles being inflamed or in spasm.

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55 year-old woman had bilateral hip replacements, and had bilateral knee releases over 3 years ago, but had trouble recovering from knee surgery.....?

55 year-old woman had bilateral hip replacements, and had bilateral knee releases over 3 years ago, but had trouble recovering from knee surgery.....?

PainManagePT&Injections: All I can suggest is for you to be functional, you need 1Pain Relief 2 Physical Therapy 3 May be Knee injections with cortisone and Hyalarunic Acid. You are 55 years old. There are some centers where they are treating problems like yours with Stem Cell therapy to regenerate cartileges in the knees. Go google it and find if anyone in your area is doing that

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I am having a lot of inner knee, thigh, and lower back pain after knee replacement. My surgery was 3 months ago & I have more pain than before tkr.

I am having a lot of inner knee, thigh, and lower back pain after knee replacement. My surgery was 3 months ago & I have more pain than before tkr.

Ouch: If you are having more pain, make sure you get in to be evaluated. Did you do physical therapy? Make sure you do physical therapy - this could also help your discomfort significantly. Take care!

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Is it possible to go back to work the same day after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Is it possible to go back to work the same day after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Possible, but.....: Is it possible that one is an investment banker and drive from li to nyc directly from the surgical suite after taking oxycodone, weave in and out of cars (no traffic at 2pm), avoid getting pulled over by cops, almost causing an accident/ /multiple injuries/fatalities on the way, in order to get to that meeting because one feels that it's crucial to be at the meeting to close a $1b deal? Sure.

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30 yr old man, had knee surgery 14 months ago for meniscus, what would cause poping and pain to continue?

30 yr old man, had knee surgery 14 months ago for meniscus, what would cause poping and pain to continue?

Recurrent tear: The tear could have extended. Also, you may have arthritis in the area of the torn cartilage that is causing pain. You need an MRI arthrogram to evaluate the problem.

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How much vicodin is considered dangerous? I take 2 1/2 pills of 10/325 about 2-3 times a day for back & knee (recent knee surgery) pain

How much vicodin is considered dangerous? I take 2 1/2 pills of 10/325 about 2-3 times a day for back & knee (recent knee surgery) pain

Vicodin for days: Vicodin, a short acting narcotic is designed for temporary use for acute pain. It is very dangerous for chronic use and if you are taking this chronically it may be best if you get to a pain management specialist.

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What is causing the back of my knee to hurt? I took a step forward and the back go my knee popped. I had arthroscopic knee surgery please help

Knee pop postop: When was your knee surgery performed/? What was accomplished? IT is not unusual to experienced some pain, popping and swelling of arming amounts for first several weeks postop. Try ice, NSAIDs and avoid kneeling, stairs. Check with your surgeon if things persist

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Do you have a second opinion on a knee problem? I had knee surgery 2 years ago to remove a plica band. It has been all fine and dandy until lately when I started exercising it more. I have been back to my ortho that operated and knows my knee pretty well

Do you have a second opinion on a knee problem? I had knee surgery 2 years ago to remove a plica band. It has been all fine and dandy until lately when I started exercising it more. I have been back to my ortho that operated and knows my knee pretty well

It: It sounds like you may be dealing with moderate to severe arthritis as well as a possible injury to ligament or tendon. The x-rays and MRI should be diagnostic. Ra is a possibility however multiple joints are usually involved. If it is found that arthritis is present and severe, then you may need a knee replacement. It sounds like your doctor is doing a fine work up. Best of luck.

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What could cause someone to fall after ACL reconstructive knee surgery?

What could cause someone to fall after ACL reconstructive knee surgery?

Another ACL tear: You may have torn the acl again or if you just completed surgery, you will need to work on balance further.

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I just had plica (knee surgery) about two months ago. Is it possible for the plica to grow back?

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I just had plica (knee surgery) about two months ago. Is it possible for the plica to grow back?

No: Plicas only very rarely cause knee pain. When we do surgery to remove the plicas, they don't return. There can sometimes be a small amount of scar folds that develop in its place but they generally don't cause pain. If you have a return of pain, the plica was unlikely to be the cause of the original pain. Hope that helps!

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Posterolateral knee surgery - is the success rate fairly high in regards to getting back to an active lifestyle?

Depends: Multifactorial issue. Depends on exactly what was injured, the extent/anatomy of the injury, associated joint surface/cartilage injury, preexisting joint damage ; whether any/all reparable. In addition, whether repairs done, compliance with post op rehab/bracing and other patient factors like bmi, diabetes, wound care. If all repaired by experienced surg., no joint damage ; pt. Complies; yes.

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