Having a total joint replacement brings new challenges and opportunities. While you are thrilled to finally be able to take on new activities after having your joint replaced, you should be careful with certain activities to avoid reinjure or too much strain on your new joint.
Let’s talk about some activities that should be avoided after a total joint replacement and where you can go to see an outstanding orthopaedic surgeon for total joint replacement.
Activities with a High Risk of Falling
After a total joint replacement, you’ll likely have a loss of strength and balance for some time until you get your new joint stronger. It’s usual to fall after a joint replacement while transitioning to a new way of moving around. So, to avoid falling, be sure to use a handrail when going up and downstairs and use a rubber mat or shower chair when showering. Ensure to keep the floor clear of stray items and slippery rugs that could pose a tripping hazard.
While it’s okay to exercise a bit after a total joint replacement, try to avoid high impact contact sports. Contact sports can place you at a higher risk of reinjury and falling, severely damaging your new joint. Therefore, it’s better to stick with low impact sports, such as swimming, cycling, or golf, which don’t put a lot of strain on your joints. Also, try to avoid activities involving a lot of running and jumping.
Sitting too much can also place you at a higher risk of getting blood clots in the legs. It also hampers fluid drainage in the lower legs and can contribute to worsening swelling. If you work at a desk job, try to get up every so often to walk around, so you’re not sitting for extended periods. If you do have to sit for long periods, try to prop your leg up on a chair or couch to help minimize swelling.
Too Much Weight Bearing Activity
Ensure to use a walker or crutches for some period of time to help take pressure off the joints. Although you can have some weight bearing activity, try to avoid things like going up and down the stairs for a while until your joint heals more. When walking, be sure to use your assistive device for as long as your doctor advises. It’s a good idea to get moving after surgery; just be sure to do it safely.
Total Joint Replacement in Watertown, NY
The orthopedic surgeons at North Country Orthopaedic are board-certified professionals and trained in the latest diagnostic and treatment techniques to assist you with your musculoskeletal needs, especially total joint replacements.
We are devoted to treating any musculoskeletal conditions to help you achieve optimal health and wellness. Our facility is well equipped with various on-site services, and all the surgeries are performed in an in-patient setting.
If you are looking for total joint replacement, we are here to get you up and moving as soon as possible to promote healing and decrease swelling and inflammation.
We look forward to serving you!