After having knee replacement surgery a couple of months ago, a WebMD Community member says rehab was going well. He says his range of motion kept increasing, but then stalled. His doctor suggested manual manipulation under twilight anesthesia as the only way to increase his range. He asked other community members if they had ever had the procedure and what they thought.
The pain of arthritis makes it tough for many people to get a good night’s sleep. Worse yet, tossing and turning at night can actually increase the perception of pain.
“There’s a reciprocal relationship between pain and poor sleep. The poorer people sleep, the more pain they tend to be in,” says Kevin Fontaine, PhD, assistant professor of rheumatology at Johns Hopkins University. “If people with arthritis can improve the quality of their sleep, they can usually reduce their day-to-day pain.”
One community member said she was in a similar situation after surgery. When her range-of-motion progress slowed down, a physical therapist suggested wearing a splint. After three months of physical therapy and using the splint, her range of motion was perfect.
Another member stressed the benefits of physical therapy -- including massage, stretching, and specific exercises. One member said she had manual manipulation on her knee twice. She said it wasn't painful and it led to successful treatment.
Every person's recovery is different, so talk to your doctor about what's best for you.