What are the activities to avoid after total knee replacement?
#1. Kneeling Such as gardening or any activity where you would be putting prolonged pressure on the front of one or both of your knees. If you want to get back to gardening, we suggest to get a small stool or short chair to sit on. And, while it may be possible to get back to kneeling, what we've found with our clients after knee replacement surgery is that it can take them months for them to trust their new knee and ease into putting some or all of their body weight onto the front of their new knee replacement. Our doctors of physical therapy will perform scar mobilizations at your scar site and on the surrounding musculature to speed up your ability to bend your knee faster, and to get back to the things you love such as gardening.
#2. Crawling Such as playing with your grandchildren while on your hands and knees. Now, we know most of you haven't crawled in years any way. But, if you have small grandchildren, and want to get down to their level when playing with them, it's possible to find yourself kneeling, crawling, or scooting in and out of these positions.
#3. Jumping or Hopping Until you have built up more muscular strength around your knee, it would be advisable to avoid jumping or hopping. This would include hopping or jumping over rain puddles in the street or sidewalk, or when avoiding items on the front of your home or office.
#4. Sitting >1 hour with Knee Fully Bent In the first 2-4 months after your total knee replacement surgery, your knee will be painful and still sensitive to staying in a seated position where your replacement knee is fully bent. This would include sitting in the back seat of a car ride that is 1 hour or longer, as well as sitting in a theater for a play or performance, sports events with tight seating, or a commercial airline flight with tight seating. If you find yourself in these situations, you simply need to stand up and gently walk around. If you are on a flight, then try to get the aisle seat so that you can easily stand up, walk the aisle as much as possible, and walk to the restroom to get extra steps in. This will lessen any knee stiffness or extra pain that sets in from immobility or poor leg circulation due to prolonged sitting.
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