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Easing Into Activity Following Joint Replacement

The recovery time from a joint replacement procedure varies for each patient based on the patient’s overall health, type of procedure, and activity level prior to surgery.

When the procedure is complete and patients have returned home, they must commit to an extensive rehabilitation regimen. Over the course of six to eight weeks, joint replacement patients progress from small movements, such as stiff leg lifts, to walking greater distances.

Dr. Ira K. Evans, III, sports medicine doctor and knee specialist at Sports Medicine North says, “It is crucial for patients to stay positive, take it slow, and work hard throughout their joint replacement rehabilitation in order to returning to their active lifestyles.”

It’s important to consult with your surgeon at Sports Medicine North before engaging in activity following your joint replacement procedure. After your surgeon has cleared you to return to activity, it may still take time before you’re able to return to high-impact exercise. You can still stay active with these low-impact exercises:

  • Cycling
  • Calisthenics
  • Swimming
  • Low-resistance rowing
  • Skiing machines
  • Walking & hiking
  • Low-resistance weight lifting

For more information on joint replacement and the recovery process from a joint replacement procedure, contact the experts at Sports Medicine North by calling (978) 309-3066.

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