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pain in legs 2 years after surgery

dcarterddcarter Posts: 76
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:47 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had my surgery 2 years ago and my back feels wonderful but my legs bother me a lot sometimes. especially my left knee. for no reason it will start hurting with just a dull pain and feel like that for a few weeks. The pain hurts the most when I turn my leg trying to get comfortable in bed. Walking is the only thing that helps it. Funny thing is that it never swells or bruises, it just hurts like it is. Does anyone else ever get this problem.


  • Don't necessarily blame it on your back; some knee pain really is just knee pain. There is definitely a chance new scar tissue can cause knee pain this far out, but if that were the case I would expect it to be more constant. An adjacent level disc bulge or herniation could be a culprit too, and can cause the pain intermittently. What level was your fusion at and where on your knee do you hurt (inside/outside/back/kneecap)?
  • Consider calling your doctor.
    It could be from your back or it could be just knee pain.

    Did you ever do PT after your surgery?
    I ask because after my 1st surgery I had terrible hip pain and after my 2nd, it was terrible Knee pain. For me, I was compensating for pain and some loss of strength in my left leg. As a result, the compensation for that, was putting extra strain on my knee.

    PT helped with stretches and exercises appropriate for me. I still have occassional knee or hip pain but it is no where near what it was before.
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