I'm 40 and had surgery 6 weeks ago to put in a plate and two screws on my left lateral tibial plateau fracture, pressed in by the femur. I was a pedestrian hit by a car.
For the 6 weeks, I wore a knee immobilizer. Yesterday, I was given a ROM brace and told that I'm allowed 50% weight bearing and *may* bend my knee. I believe I remember that the doctor said I *may* bend it all the way. The ROM brace allows up to just over a 90 degree bend, and I don't always have to wear it. The doctor didn't have me bend my knee at all while I was seeking him, though I think I did bend it slightly and said it felt funny to do so -- like a half-asleep feeling. In the room where I was being given the ROM brace, I noted to the personnel there that I wasn't able to bend the knee more than what seemed like 30 to 40 degrees. There seemed to be a pressure keeping me from bending further. They didn't say much about it that was notable. (The pressure was NOT a setting on the brace).
On getting home yesterday, I looked at the dial on the brace while bending my knee, and I saw that I was able to bend to 45 degrees.
As of this evening, I'm still not able to bend further than 45 degrees. The "pressure" that prevents any further bending seems pretty firm. When I bend to that point, there's sometimes a pressing sensation down into my foot just in front of the heel, as well as a little shooting pain (or more like brief slightly sharp tingling). The amount of that pressing sensation and pain seems to correspond to how much I try to bend the knee. But I have not tried to force it much at all. The pressure seems to be above and behind the knee. It feels as though, if I were to force it, something could bust.
Anyway, is this pressure, preventing the bending, to be expected for a while? Is it common (and gradually decrease to allow a greater degree of bending)? Is it due to the swelling? Could it be a mis-aligned bone? Should I call and ask the doctors office about it? (They are closed tomorrow.)
I'm scheduled on Tuesday (in 4 days) to go to the initial evaluation for aqua therapy.