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4 Aug 2014

Ask Your Physical Therapist: Exercise is important after Therapy

In the United States, hundreds of thousands of individuals undergo joint replacement surgery annually (over 770,000 combined hip/knee). Subsequently, physical therapists routinely answer questions about exercise after joint replacements. As you may expect, physical therapists are in favor of exercise.

Barring any medical-related restrictions from your physician, most exercises are safe. If you are concerned, please consult with your primary-care provider before starting a program.
If all clear medically, then start with a cardiovascular regimen, which may include walking, stationary cycling or swimming, and build up to the stair stepper or elliptical if so desired. 

Non-impact exercise is safe to do on replaced knees or hips, provided you have sufficient flexibility and strength.Running after hip or knee replacements is highly discouraged unless you desire to have the procedure again. But do not forget the strength component as well. Strength, flexibility and endurance are all important aspects for good health.

Those undergoing joint replacements will often deal with pain and reduced functionality for several years before surgery, and thus lose a significant amount of strength. It is not possible to regain all your functional strength after a joint replacement procedure in the 6-12 weeks of physical therapy you may undergo after surgery. It takes eight or more weeks for a young athlete to begin to build strength, and even longer as an individual ages.

Reacquiring strength after surgery takes months of hard work, and maintenance of said strength is vital if one wishes to resume a higher level of function/quality of life. The old phrase of “use it or lose it” rings true.
Do you want to struggle with stairs or rising from a chair? If not, then get moving on what you think are “waste of time” exercises. If you need a refresher, call the therapist who helped you. They will help guide you through or direct you to a quality personal trainer if desired.
Remember, it is possible to continue with an active lifestyle after one of these procedures if you work hard.
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