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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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Get evaluated : Talk with your surgeon. Find out what is painful. Some ligament and tendon insertions can be injected with cortisone. Icing and stretching is critical for good results. Most people are painful and stiff with total knees for 3-6 months and it takes a full year to 18 months for complete healing and maturation of the knee replacement. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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?
Yes: The pain associated with total knees makes most patients struggle with bending after surgery. This, along with the healing process of the large incision, causes significant scaring, reducing the patients early motion. This requires fairly aggressive and regular exercise and stretching to lengthen the tissues while they are healing so that you can regain your preop motion which is the goal. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I had a total knee replacement three months ago. My knee locks up, is extreamly stiff, clanks, and makes popping noises. It is not infected. Why?
Yes, but not often: Knee replacements can feel like "seizing" or "locking up" on rare occasions and they are usually not due to the device. The most likely phenomena you are experiencing is either "crepitus" or "clunk" which is when scar tissue surrounding the front of the knee gets trapped within the device creating a sensation of locking up. When severe enough, it can be alleviated by removing that scar tissue. ...Read more
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