As part of the process of a hip or knee replacement, it is recommended that you prepare physically for the surgery with a targeted exercise program. These exercises are important to the success of your total joint replacement. Studies show that exercising prior to joint replacement results in better outcomes after surgery. The goal is to start training your muscles and tissues for what will be needed after your surgery.
The exercises are grouped into four categories: range of motion, strengthening, balance and aerobic exercise. Over time, having an arthritic joint can result in less movement. This movement and does not improve on its own as a result of surgery, since your soft tissue is responsible for some of the restriction. Stretching the soft tissue ahead of surgery is incredibly important to how well you will recover after surgery.
Low impact aerobic exercises are also beneficial not only for your joint replacement, but for your level of fitness in general. These types of activities can include biking (including stationary), walking, swimming, etc. Although it may be more difficult to do these activities with sore joints, being able to do these things is great for all around cardiovascular health. Generally speaking, it is recommended to do 150 total minutes of cardiovascular exercise per week.
After receiving your surgery date, you will be asked to attend a pre-admit education and assessment 2-6 weeks before your surgery.
We hope that you are staying safe and healthy during this unprecedented time. We look forward to seeing you in the near future!
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