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.
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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.