The degree of pain associated with total knee replacement is not the same for everyone, as people perceive and handle pain differently, according to the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. Pain is largely controlled with regional nerve blocks, spinal blocks and other methods of pain control.
The implementation of range of motion and rapid rehabilitation are used to decrease stiffness and pain following surgery, which help reduce early pain, explains the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons. Some people experience a fairly mild degree of pain following the procedure, while others experience a greater level of pain. It takes approximately three months for the majority of patients to return to most normal activities, but it takes six months to one year for full recovery.