I do not know what to make of the symptoms that are exacerbated when moving the leg. Obtaining another orthopedic opinion (preferably at a major academic medical center) can be considered if the treatment course is unclear.
If surgery is not an appropriate option, a referral to a physiatrist (rehabiliation physician) can be considered for a more tailored rehab schedule. A pain managment specialist - as you are doing - is also recommended.
Imaging the joint with a CT scan can be considered as well.
These options can be discussed with your personal physician, or in conjunction with another orthopedic evaluation.
Followup with your personal physician is essential.
This answer is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice - the information presented is for patient education only. Please see your personal physician for further evaluation of your individual case.
My cousin who is a retired nurse and is in her early seventies has a lot of pain and redness in her lower legs. She too has had knee replacemennt surgery.One doctor told her that the redness was due to an allergy to the material used in the knee replacements.
She does better when resting and not walking alot and wears support knee highs to force circulation.
She has considered a type of therapy which forces oxygen into the
skin , and she uses creams prescirbed by the doctor because sometimes the skin in the red zones becomes irritated and infected or breaks open.
Hope this helps.
I had knee replacement surgery during the summer of 2005 and am still in a considerable amount of pain. I walk regularly and have tried a couple exercises at the gym (ie quad lifts), however, the pain still persists. I have just spent time on the internet researching pain after TKR and am trying to figure out what may be wrong, of course, I will call my doctor. Last time I saw him, he said everything was okay. I am overweight, but not obese. I am continually trying to lose, hoping that that will relieve the pain and stress on the joints. I feel like after this major surgery and everything I have been through, I should not be in this much pain!!!
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