Exercising After Knee Replacement in Louisiana

If you’ve had a knee replacement in Louisiana, you’re in great company. By 2030, total knee replacement surgeries are projected to grow over 600% to 3.5 million procedures per year. So, the big question is, what is life like following a knee replacement?

Exercises to Avoid Following Knee Replacement in Louisiana

No one’s running a marathon in the few weeks after surgery, so here are some exercises and activities to avoid immediately following a knee replacement.

• High-Impact Sports: Sports like football, soccer, basketball, and hockey can wreak havoc on your knee. Not only do you have your own weight and twisting motion affecting your knees with these sports, but you also have other players who could take you out of commission at any moment. So even if it’s just a friendly game of flag football, it’s probably best to avoid the risks this soon after surgery.

• High-impact Aerobics: Aerobics can put a lot of strain on your knees. If you’re not ready to surrender your aerobics routine, talk to your doctor about modifying your routine so that it will be gentler on your knees while still allowing you to get some exercise.

• Running/Jogging: Remarkably, studies show no link between arthritis and running itself. Instead, it’s injuries caused by running – like a torn ACL or meniscus tear – that can lead to arthritis and therefore a potential knee replacement in Louisiana. It’s probably best to walk for a while after a knee replacement and discuss a plan with your doctor when you really want to dust off your running shoes.

Exercises to Avoid Following Knee Replacement in Louisiana

While there’s often a long list of exercise “don’ts” after knee replacement surgeries, here are some that allow you to stay in shape and strengthen your knee without overworking it.

• Walking:This is a great, calm way to boost the strength in your knee again. Start with smaller steps and shorter walks until you can work your way up to longer distances without experiencing any discomfort.

• Swimming:Because swimming isn’t a weight-bearing activity, it’s a great way to get some exercise without adversely affecting your new knee.

• Cycling: Whether indoors or out, cycling is a great way to strengthen your knee without putting too much weight on it. Just be sure to remain on flat surfaces and increase your distance gradually.

• Low-Resistance Weightlifting: Lifting weights can build strength and minimize knee pain. It’s critical that you get the approval from your doctor and instructions regarding the best program/regimen for you.

You may not be limited by your knee replacement going forward. For the short term, however, take it easy and play it safe. Trade high-impact exercises for minimum weight-bearing options with the direction of your doctor.

As always, talk with your doctor as to whether these or any exercises, are appropriate after surgery as well as when you can start doing them and the duration. If you have any questions or would like more information regarding knee replacement in Louisiana, call our office today to schedule a consultation.

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