I had my TKR on August 24th and I am still not walking real good. I start off in the mornings ok but at end of busy day seems I'm dragging my leg. Doesn't hurt but I use ice because my leg is still swelling. Is this a concern? I'm worried I'm going to limp forever. I do work out at the gym riding bicycle.
I'm back to my normal activities but still get very tired and find myself not walking normal because my knee feels so tight?
CharBerry - I had my TKR a month after you (Sept. 24) and have the same thing. I can walk just fine early in the day, but at night I am dragging, often using my rolling cane --- and the leg is swollen.
Today was a routine follow-up visit with the surgeon and he wasn't concerned. Since I am showing progress, and I have at least a 90 ROM -- just by looking at my knee bend, (without forcing it) he is happy with how I'm doing. I'm not walking completely normally, as I'm aware of the 'block of wood' feeling that the leg feels like -- especially when the day goes on and the leg swells. The surgeon found that normal.
I do specific leg exercises every morning, preceded by some moist heat. Then I use ice whenever I sit during the day.
The one thing I'm really grateful for is that I can walk down a slant without the pain I use to have --- and there is a tip toe exercise that use to be brutal when I took my weight off my foot (and the knee bones would rub together for a couple of seconds). But now that exercise is without any pain at all.
I feel this way too, although I am behind you little. (Oct 13). My surgeon said it takes a long time for the swelling to go away. I have talked with others at PT who are several months post op and they say they get the swelling especially at night too, which is why they continue to come and use the gym machines to keep their knees moving. So from what I have heard, this is a common complaint and just part of the long healing process.
When you all talk about your legs swelling, exactly where on your leg? More than your knee? How much swelling? I have stiffness issues (6 weeks PO - Oct. 21), but I don't seem to notice swelling. My leg doesn't seem to change in size, but I have fat legs, so I'm not sure. Everytime I read about someone having swelling, I wonder if I have it. I do have good ROM at 128. But my leg always feels stiff. Massaging my knee/scar sure helps.
Thanks for all the replies as this certainly helps. My sister say's to keep my leg wrapped and when I do it does feel better but when I take off wrap you can tell how my leg is swollen all the way down to my feet. Should I use wrap after TKR? My surgeon say's it takes sometimes up to a year to feel normal so I'm trying not to worry. I'm 57 and very active but I do feel that I should be going to the gym more often and doing the PT exercises at home. BTW....I've got fat knees too! Know I should lose about 30 lbs and that would help everything but hard to do when you can't get around very well.
I think the problem is that after 4 or 5 weeks post op we feel pretty good except for the knee, and we think that should be normal too. I keep reminding myself that I'm barely a third of the way into the 3-month (first phase!) recovery. I guess patience is called for.
My surgeon also assured me the swelling was normal and could last up to a year..year and a half. I had my surgery on Sept. 21 and I am still doing physical therapy. I will be finishing last week and I will be continuing at the gym. The quad exercises and strengthening is crucial for recovery. I have no limp when I walk. Strengthening is sooooo important!
I find that my knee is noticably more swollen in the morning, than my non operative knee. Both legs are about the same size -- swelling/wise. But at night the swelling is more noticeable in the TKR knee. Gravity is the cause, but I think the lymphatic system is still not back to normal in that leg. I have sturdy legs and am big boned. but the difference between the two legs is apparent.
I agree that continued therapy is best. My PT says I do a lot of the "wrong" things that I think are helping me instead of the "good" things that will. I seem to just so busy and don't take the time to do the simple PT exercises I should. I think walking and being active will get me back to normal and apparently that's not the case. Feel the swelling is normal now and Lord knows for how long. What about the wrapping of my leg to keep swelling down? Think it helps or not?
After four days of a compression wrap, my knee and leg were much less swollen. I got more flexion that day at PT and it moved so much better. But, then I was told to use an ace wrap for the whole leg, and I did, and it swelled back up anyway, that night when I took it off for bed. I then put my compression stocking back on, did lots of ice and elevation, and used an ace from midcalf to above the knee. This seems to have helped. But we will see. My PT even tried taping my knee like they do athlete injuries, and it felt good, but then made it more sore later. I don't know that anything besides time, continued exercise, and working those muscles like we should is going to make this improve. If anyone else has had good success with something please let us know.
I developed bursitis in my new knee after three months of doing really well. I have continued to have issues with swelling in my leg - especially the lower leg - ever since. I have been using a tubigrip bandage from mid calf to lower thigh and I find this helps. I do go some days without it (especially as it is getting very hot here now as it is summer) but if I am going to be on my feet all day I need it. My specialist also said it takes up to 2 years to heal fully and that swelling is common and normal, but will go in time. I do use an exercycle daily to help with my muscle strength and joint mobility as well as still doing some static exercises. I had my TKR in March.
I don't know what an Ace wrap is. Tubigrip is a length of tubular bandage that gets fitted to the width of the body part it is to cover and after cutting to length is worn doubled over. It provides compression and support.
I still use that little ice box cooler thing I had in the hospital. I'll wrap my knee and ice it down while watching TV or sometimes even sleep with it on. Don't need it as much but sure feels good when my legs swells!
hey charberry....i had my tkr 8/18 and i can walk around the house but i limp also i feel like i cant go back to work on salesfloor as i get so tired...i have pt tomorrow was away for 1 week but i noticed i can go up and down stairs normal but careful..i was at 112 thats it.. i am trying to find out what is the # that i can be ok with..i still have pain when i go to food store and carry it all in then go up and down stairs all day...i go back to doc on 1/11 but my disability ends on 4th so not sure what i will do yet...so keep in touch...jennie39 (maggie)