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"Pain after knee replacement?"
Had knee replacement 6 mos. ago Having pain on right leg, inner side of leg when I bear weight on it. Please advise.
Joint replacement surgery can be very painful and the best thing to do is to be evaluated by your orthopedic surgeon. In addition to the resolving healing process of having part of your knee joint replaced by the artificial joint, you also have to recover and rehabilitate the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in your leg after undergoing surgery. The symptoms you are describing sound like they could be related either to the actual parts of the knee replacement itself or to some muscle strain or imbalance that developed following the procedure. If you have a problem with the actual prosthesis it is important that your surgeon be aware of this issue so that he or she can take any appropriate surgical care that might be needed. If you have a soft tissue issue such as muscle strain or sprain, then a course of physical therapy might be the best way to resolve your pain and help your regain your mobility. To determine which of these two scenarios is responsible for your symptoms, the best thing for you to do is to see your orthopedic surgeon for an evaluation. He or she will want to examine your knee and likely get X-rays to make sure that the joint prosthesis is still seated properly. If the prosthesis is okay, then you might be best served by a referral to a physical therapist.