I am now 9 months post op and still having major problems with my left knee. It remains swollen, stiff and unstable. My therapist asked me to get copies of the x-ray and feels there is something wrong. The right knee has a noticeable space between the metal implants, but there is no space on the left knee. On the bent knee x-ray the left knee implants look like they are imbedded into each other, instead of barely touching as in the right knee. I have called another physician in town to get an appointment for a second opinion, but he won't see me until 12 months after original surgery. Is this common? My doctor keeps telling me that if I work on my quads on my left knee, everything will be fine and the pain and swelling will stop! I have been going to therapy for 8 months and continue doing leg lifts and trying to go up and down stairs normally. I am very unstable going downhills and going downstairs is very painful and unstable feeling! I have an appointment to see my original surgeon Monday and want to ask him to do any non-invasive tests that are available such as more x-rays and ultrasound and tests for nerve damage. I don't want more surgery, but I can't continue like this. My lifestyle has drastically changed, since I was a hiker and very independent!! I was better off with the pain from osteoarthritis with bone on bone!! At least I could take several ibuprofens when I wanted to take a short hike. Now no anti-inflammatories help with the pain or swelling that seems to be constant. Even in bed, my left knee has to be propped up in just one position to relieve the pain. HELP !!!View Thread
I have now been doing therapy for 9 months and still have pain, swelling and stiffness in my left knee. I have tried to get an appointment for a second opinion with no luck. The doctors will not see me until I have been out for one year. Going downhill is very challenging for me since I feel like I'm falling and have to stop. I used to be a fast walker and hiker and now have a hard time keeping up with anyone! My therapist asked me to get x-rays, and after looking at them feels there is something wrong. The right knee looks okay with space between the metal parts. The left looks like there is no space between and on the bent knee x-ray looks like the parts are intertwined instead of barely touching like the right knee. I am doing 100 leg lifts everyday, but can't straighten my left knee and have to help lift the left leg for the first leg lift. I NEED HELP !!!View Thread
6 months after bilateral TKR, I still have stiffness and instability. I have been to therapy for almost this whole time. Now I am going to a therapy pool and doing water therapy and then walking forwards, backwards and side to side, changing directions frequently. At one point in my therapy, after doing walking lunges to try and activate my quads on the left knee, I had major back pain. I saw another doctor who specialized in backs and also did knee replacements. He did some physical tests on my knee, such as lifting the lower leg while sitting on edge of table. I have extensor lag and he thought maybe I had a torn tendon. I have had neuromuscular stimulation several times at two therapy places to try and activate my quads on the left leg, with no improvement. My original knee doc says since I can push his hand away with my lower leg, I don't have a torn tendon. What else could be the problem? He just says as soon as I get the quads as strong on the left leg as the right leg, I will no longer have these problems. I am trying again to strengthen my quad, but my back is starting to hurt again. I think I am using my back to lift my left leg. What other options do I have at this point?View Thread
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