Stiffness and loss of motion – (Posted late on 12/13 from 12/11)

Besides scar tissue causing numbness after TKR surgery (total knee replacement), it can also create stiffness which can lead to the loss of motion in the knee joint. In order to negate stiffness, people that have this type of surgery are usually required to do physical therapy after the knee heals a bit. The special exercises that your client will be assigned can waylay the stiffness and loss of motion.

However, if your client suffers from severe stiffness, they could potentially require a follow-up procedure to alleviate the issues that they are having.  The severe stiffness is termed arthrofibrosis. The follow-up procedure will be able to break up the scar tissue or help the prosthesis inside the knee to be adjusted.

Since we are talking about issues that can happen with TKR surgery, let’s just consider for all intents and purposes that the prosthesis is implanted incorrectly or that after the implant that your client experiences malfunction of the joint. What exactly could this mean to your client?

Well, as an example, the artificial kneecap may not track correctly; bend properly. Perhaps the prosthesis might come loose from your client’s bone after a while (this may be a factor if your client has osteoporosis or other bone issues).

In order to help your client understand that they may simply need an adjustment of the prosthesis is just another example of showing them that, with you, With Age Comes Respect.


About melissalstoneburner

Melissa is the proud mother of two boys. She also like to take care of all of her elderly clients as though they were her actual flesh and blood, too. Melissa began her elderly care business, Time to Care, in August, 2012. Since then, she has successfully seen several clients through life and onto the next life. She writes about what she knows, what she doesn't know, and reveals all the research in between. She believes that elderly care is the best thing she has ever done in life; second only to being a mother!
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