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Bouncing Back after Joint Replacement

Posted on: August 14th, 2012 by LAMedicalBlogger

Joint health is a widely discussed health topic in the United States, as there are approximately 773,000 American every year that have a hip or knee replaced. With around 13 percent of the U.S. population, almost 40 million people, being 65 or older, there’s a good chance that many of us will need joint replacement surgery or will know someone close to us that will need it. With that in mind, here are a few ways that you can help yourself or your loved one bounce back after joint replacement surgery.

When your doctor or therapist gives you exercises or stretches to do, they aren’t really recommendations. Strengthening the muscles around the replaced joint, as well as increasing their flexibility prevents scarring, and can shorten recovery time.

You’ll also have to change the nature of the physical activities you do to keep from putting too much stress on your replaced joint. Instead of running, swimming is a great form of aerobic exercise that doesn’t place stress on the replaced joint. And in place of your singles tennis you may have to play golf for your leisure activity.

You can also change a few things at home to ensure that you’re not hurting your recovery from surgery. The key here is to avoid any extra strain on your replaced joint. Any loose flooring, such as carpets that aren’t secured should be moved to prevent slips. Also, try to avoid going up and down stairs, especially in the first few weeks after surgery.

In the kitchen, try to keep from standing while preparing your meal. Grab all the materials you need at the start and then sit at the table while you make dinner. Again, it’s all about avoiding extra strain on the joint.

Hopefully these tips will you help you or your loved one after joint replacement surgery. As always, you should contact your doctor if you experience extreme pain or encounter anything that is not typical.