Knee replacement surgeries can affect many aspects of your daily life during the first stages of recovery. It's very important to move your joints and stay active during this recovery period, though you will probably have limited mobility for a couple weeks following surgery.
Before you are discharged from the hospital, you will need show your doctor that you are comfortable performing several different tasks including: getting in and out of bed by yourself; being able to eat, drink and use the restroom; walking with a cane or walker; being able to perform exercises prescribed by doctor.
You will be prescribed several exercises to perform daily in order to speed up recovery. For the best and quickest results, doctors typically stress that joint-replacement patients should exercise 2-3 times each day post-surgery. A few of the most common and helpful prescribed exercises are:
Start by lying flat on your back for this relaxing exercise.
Remain lying flat on your back.
Switch to a sitting position with your feet dangling off the bed without touching the floor. If your bed is not high enough off the ground so that your feet are not touching the floor, make sure to switch to a higher surface (like a padded counter) for this exercise. This exercise is for the replaced joint only.
Daily exercise with your replaced knee will undoubtedly shorten your recovery time, so consider keeping an exercise schedule. Schedules are the best way to create and reinforce a healthy routine for recovery. Make sure to consult your doctor or physical therapist for more home exercises and information on post-knee replacement recovery. You should always consult your doctor before performing any new exercises.
Health Tip: You can make your new post-surgery workout routine much easier by installing Lock Laces® in your shoes. These no-tie, elastic shoelaces are great for post-knee replacement activity because they eliminate unnecessary bending and straining usually caused by tying and retying shoelaces throughout the day.
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