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What should I do after a knee or hip replacement surgery?

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When you've had knee or hip replacement surgery, the best way to get back to the activities you love is to keep up with your rehab. Physical therapy will help ease pain and swelling and get you closer to recovery.

Your health team won't wait long to get you on your feet. Your rehab starts while you're still in the hospital.

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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