Over a lifetime of athletics, joints – especially the hips and knees – take a lot of abuse and can become worn out. Joint replacement can help restore mobility without pain, but proper rehabilitation is the key to a great recovery. Here are some tips from the physicians at Resurgens Orthopaedics Joint Replacement Center to help athletes – of all levels — get back to their favorite sports after a total hip or knee replacement:
- Take It Slow
Even if you feel ready to jump right back into your chosen sport, it’s important to let your body heal properly.
Walking is one of the very first activities you’ll do after a total joint replacement. You’ll begin by using a walker and then progress to a cane.
- Low Impact Activities
Generally, low impact exercise such as swimming and bicycling are good choices to help you gain strength without putting additional stress on your new joint.