I had my left knee replace on October 19, 2016. Recovery of the strength in the knee went according to the expected timetable of the therapy group at Twin Cities Orthopedics except for stretching the Hamstring and Calf muscles.
Because I had played tennis with pain and a bent knee for 15 years, the muscles wouldn’t stretch out to less than 6 degrees. You then recommended a Dynaflex brace to wear 6 hours a day (3 in the morning and 3 in the evening) for 7 weeks. With tightening this this brace each week, it said that improvement would be 1 degree per week. After 7 weeks, my left knee was at -1 degree.
I stretch and exercise every day and it has helped improve my tennis game. Before my operation, I played doubles with a group of 12 people. I was about in the middle of the pack playing with pain and couldn’t run.
With my new knee, my game has improved to where I am now at the top of the pack by about 20%. I can outrun most in my group and have full flexibility. I wish I would have done this 15 years ago.