My wife had TKR & after several weeks of PT the thigh still has pain from the hip to the knee.
The therapist puts a lot of weight on the thigh to get the knee joint straight. I thought this may have bruised the bone area. Is this "normal" or a sign of something else.
Does the knee ever get straight. It seems to be stuck at -5degrees. The bend is 120 degrees. Not any progress the last two sessions.
Is this the usual range or as the therapist says it must be completely straight & bend 130 degrees.
Is there a better pain relief than Oxycodone? It does not help when the therapist is going for max results. He says many people have extreme pain at this point but it has to be done or the knee will always a problem.
The therapist is correct, the knee has to be able to bend completely and straighten completely otherwise the tkr would not be much help. The hip also has to be in alignment as all of the leg parts work off of each other. Oxycodone is a pretty strong pain med, the docs are not likely to put her on anything stronger this long after surgery. Is she taking her meds right before PT, that way she should be able to handle the pain of PT. Has she talked to her PT about the pain?