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What exercises do I need to do after a joint replacement surgery?

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Exercise and physical therapy will help you get the most out of your new artificial joint. After you get home from surgery, commit to:

  • Regular walking, first at home and later outdoors and for longer distance, aimed at gradually and safely increasing your mobility
  • Gradually resuming other normal daily activities, like standing, climbing stairs, and getting up and down from a chair
  • Daily, regular exercises designed to strengthen the muscles around your new joint; after your physical therapist teaches you these exercises, you can often do them at home.

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation, Atlanta.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, Ill.

Cleveland Clinic, Ohio.

Archives of Internal Medicine.

Messier, SP. 2013. JAMA,

Hochberg, MC. American College of Rheumatology 2012 Recommendations for the Use of Nonpharmacologic and Pharmacologic Therapies in Osteoarthritis of the Hand, Hip, and Knee ( ). http://www.rheumatology.org/Practice/Clinical/Guidelines/Osteoarthritis

Solomon, DH. 2008. Arthritis Rheum (Arthritis Care Res),

Schjerning Olsen. 2012. Circulation,

Bennett, JS. 2005. Circulation,

Parkes, MJ. 2013. JAMA,

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 08, 2018

SOURCES:

Arthritis Foundation, Atlanta.

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, Ill.

Cleveland Clinic, Ohio.

Archives of Internal Medicine.

Messier, SP. 2013. JAMA,

Hochberg, MC. American College of Rheumatology 2012 Recommendations for the Use of Nonpharmacologic and Pharmacologic Therapies in Osteoarthritis of the Hand, Hip, and Knee ( ). http://www.rheumatology.org/Practice/Clinical/Guidelines/Osteoarthritis

Solomon, DH. 2008. Arthritis Rheum (Arthritis Care Res),

Schjerning Olsen. 2012. Circulation,

Bennett, JS. 2005. Circulation,

Parkes, MJ. 2013. JAMA,

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 08, 2018

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