How did you recover from arthroscopic knee surgery?

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  1. akono

    akono Rookie

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    My husband had both knees done and his hips hurt, as well as his thigh muscles. Last year he had one side done, and same thing happened on that side but got better. This year, pain does not go away. He had physical therapy, even in the pool, to no avail. He had his last surgery back in September 2009.

    If you experienced the same thing, did it get better, and how.

    My question is addressed only to those who had it done, or those who know people who went through the same thing. Thanks.
  2. hweolere11

    hweolere11 Guest

    What reasons does your dr. give for this to be happening? He should be your first consult and the one in on making the decisions, shouldnt he? I ask you that because, one it is true, if he doesnt have the answers why should anybody else? two. I have never had the surgery but have a neighbor lady who did and had the same problem with her knees after a month of p.t. The day I talked to her she was ready to cut them off and start without them they were bothering her so bad. I asked if I could do a muscle release on her knees for her which she agreed to and in less than five minutes she was up, walking without any pain and even doing her steps one foot after the other. Again, I havent had this surgery but I did help my neighbor out. I hope that qualifies me as being one who might know what is going on?
    The medical profession doesnt get it yet about how the tendons react with trauma put to them. Tendons will shorten themselves up causing, in this case, the kneecap to ride up and into the knee. when that happens it makes for binding of the knees and hard to do bend your knee. Here is how to release the kneecap:
    Kneecap: (Use a chair that has no cross members on it.)
    While sitting start with your leg out in front of you extended out to a comfortable length. Wrap your hands around it so you leave a open working area. Place your thumbs about two inches behind your knee and press into the top middle of your leg hard and hold. Relax. After 30 seconds, slowly slide that leg back until it is pulled up under the chair as far as you can make it go. Then release the pressure but hold your leg there for one minute longer.
    You have to be able to keep a tight pressure on the knee at all times, but especially when you are sliding it. If you fail to do that this is not going to take. Give it another try if the first one doesnt go.
  3. padriac60

    padriac60 Guest

    Unfortunately you dont state what the procedure was and that is important. Are you talking about total knee replacements or something else. You have to understand if it was total knee replacements then a total look at the picture is necessary. As the knees deteriorated your husbands activity level more than likely also deteriorated. That means the muscle that support the body from the feet on up also deteriorated. This is called atrophy and when it occurs the entire body gets weak. If this has been going on long enough it made the hips very weak and this could have been seen in the way he moved and in particular in the way he sat down or got up. With the surgery a correction was made at the knee level but there was no corresponding correction done in the rest of the body. The weakness that was there before the procedures were done is now magnified by the bed rest after the surgery. So now you are asking a weakened body to suddenly respond in ways that it is incapable of doing. What he needs is a physical therapist who understands this and will work with hip from the feet on up. He needs to concentrate on doing his exercises by always starting on the better of the two sides. There is a mechanism within the body that gives strength to the weaker side of the body when the stronger side is used first. That means that all of the strengthening exercises done on the stronger leg will give the weaker leg more strength. If the therapy is geared only towards making the knees stronger it is not going to work. The program should be aimed at working the entire leg as a unit. This is how the body works. Isolated movements are good at times but they dont help the body gain its rhythm in function. Tell the therapist if he is not working the entire body and that means upper body as well as the lower to include the rest of the body including the abdominals.

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