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What are the first steps to rehab after a knee or hip replacement surgery?

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As soon as a few hours after your surgery, depending on your condition and your doctor's orders, a physical therapist may get you up out of bed to practice using a walker or crutches.

You'll also learn how to get in and out of a chair, and begin exercises that strengthen the muscles in your legs.

You may also have a session with an occupational therapist, who will teach you simple ways to navigate your kitchen or put on your socks and shoes.

From: Rehab After Knee or Hip Replacement WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons: "2.5 Million Americans Living with an Artificial Hip, 4.7 Million with an Artificial Knee."

Health Research Funding: "23 Amazing Total Knee Replacement Studies."

Grotle, M. 2010. Physical Therapy,

American Physical Therapy Association: "Physical Therapist's Guide to Total Hip Replacement (Arthroplasty)."

Piva, S.R. June 2010. Physical Therapy,

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on February 26, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons: "2.5 Million Americans Living with an Artificial Hip, 4.7 Million with an Artificial Knee."

Health Research Funding: "23 Amazing Total Knee Replacement Studies."

Grotle, M. 2010. Physical Therapy,

American Physical Therapy Association: "Physical Therapist's Guide to Total Hip Replacement (Arthroplasty)."

Piva, S.R. June 2010. Physical Therapy,

Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler on February 26, 2018

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