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Why is physical rehab so important?

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When you have knee or hip replacement surgery, your doctor will suggest you do physical rehab afterward. Don't brush this off! A regular exercise program is a key part of recovery from your operation. When you build up strength in the muscles around your new joint, it will help you get back to your normal activities.

From: Why Physical Rehab Is So Important WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Total Hip Replacement Exercise Guide," "Total Knee Replacement Exercise Guide," "Activities After a Knee Replacement."

Claudette Lajam, MD, orthopedic surgeon, NYU Langone Medical Center; assistant professor of orthopedics, Hospital for Joint Diseases-New York University School of Medicine.

David Lewallen, MD, orthopedic surgeon, Mayo Clinic; professor of orthopedics, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

Medscape: "Total Joint Replacement Rehabilitation."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Questions and Answers About Hip Replacement."

Charles Nelson, MD, chief of joint replacement, Penn Orthopaedics; associate professor of orthopedic surgery, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 08, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Total Hip Replacement Exercise Guide," "Total Knee Replacement Exercise Guide," "Activities After a Knee Replacement."

Claudette Lajam, MD, orthopedic surgeon, NYU Langone Medical Center; assistant professor of orthopedics, Hospital for Joint Diseases-New York University School of Medicine.

David Lewallen, MD, orthopedic surgeon, Mayo Clinic; professor of orthopedics, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

Medscape: "Total Joint Replacement Rehabilitation."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Questions and Answers About Hip Replacement."

Charles Nelson, MD, chief of joint replacement, Penn Orthopaedics; associate professor of orthopedic surgery, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Reviewed by David Zelman on January 08, 2018

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