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Old 01-07-2013, 09:43 PM   #1
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Smile Knee swelling recurring

Hi ... I had a total knee replacement about six months ago. My healing has been slow, but in the last month, I've made good progress. I'm off pain meds, and I exercise by riding a stationary recumbent bike and doing some water exercise. In the last several days, the knee has again swollen and become more painful. Any suggestions about what I should do next? I don't know whether to exercise more or less, use the ice pack, or just what. I'd appreciate suggestions.

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Old 01-08-2013, 11:37 AM   #2
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Re: Knee swelling recurring

I am 2 1/2 months out from my Total Knee and this is happening to me. My physical therapist said I was pushing too hard on the bike -- I had lowered the seat too much. She cautioned that it isn't supposed to "hurt" when you ride, just stretch. But --ice, ice ice!!!
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:55 AM   #3
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Re: Knee swelling recurring

Thanks, Dreed13. I may be pushing too hard on the bike too. Last time I saw my orthopedist, he said to make sure I was NOT using any resistance , just to let the wheels spin when I pedal. That was useful to know, as I'd been doing it on the 3rd setting of resistence. Guess I'll just let up a bit more and ice more. Thanks again. Hope you continue to improve.

 
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