logical recovery time for total knee replacement

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Date Joined Aug 2008
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   Posted 8/22/2008 3:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a total knee replacement on 5-14-08.  I underwent 8 weeks of PT; my pain is still very bad and I have trouble sleeping at night and spend most of the night in my recliner chair.  There is also a clicking (not audible) when I walk.....is this nnormal?  My doctor insists that it is.  He also said that it would take up to 1 year for full recovery.  I feel I am worse off now than before the surgery.  Is all of this normal recovery?

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   Posted 8/22/2008 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey there and welcome to the forum. I"m sorry you are in so much pain right now. I'm sure what you are going through is normal. Those total knees can be hard to recover sometimes. Make sure you continue with your PT if the doctor so orders. It's very important that you do. Don't lose hope. I'm sure it will all settle down. By the way how old are you and are you on any type of pain medication?

Well keep posting. I'm sure others will be along soon to add to my comments. I'm glad you're here.

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   Posted 8/22/2008 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Olivia
Welcome to the HW forum. I don't know anything about knee replacements, but I can tell you from my lumbar spine fusion surgery that everything took longer than I was led to believe and than I expected. Actually, it's been almost a year, and my surgery never helped my pain. But about 3 months is still very early when it comes to surgery, so if you doctor and PT are telling you it's normal, it probably is. Like Lindaloo said, be sure to follow all your doctor's and PT's instructions, including exercises your PT gives you as well as limits you're given on activities. I know it's frustrating, but hang in there.

I'd also suggest trying to search for some forums that deal primarily with knee replacements and see what you can learn from others who have gone through it.

Glad you decided to join us!

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