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As each patient is unique, the recovery time following a knee replacement will vary from patient to patient.
When the surgery is complete and the patient has returned home, they must commit to an extensive rehabilitation regimen. Over the course of six to eight weeks, the patient will progress from small movements, such as stiff leg lifts, to walking greater distances.
During this time, it is crucial for patients to stay positive, take it slow, and work hard throughout rehabilitation to obtain the ultimate goal of returning to an active lifestyle.
Below are some low-impact exercise ideas to think about when recovering from a knee replacement. Please note that you should consult with your specialist before engaging in a new activity.
- Low-resistance rowing
- Low-resistance weight lifting
- Skiing machines
- Walking and hiking
For further information on knee replacements and the recovery process, contact the joint replacement experts at EmergeOrtho: Blue Ridge Division today at (828) 537-4032 or request an appointment online.