Total Joint Replacement

Total Knee Replacement

Do's and Don'ts to consider...

Allowed activities
Walking
Slow Dancing
Stationary or Non-stationary Bicycle
Bowling
Golf
Low-impact Aerobics
Croquet
Swimming
Shuffleboard
Horseshoes

Allowed Activities With Some Experience
Hiking (mild to moderate)
Rowing
Cross-Country Skiing
Stationary Skiing (Nordic Trac)
Faster walking
Tennis (non-competitive)
Certain Weight Machines
Ice Skating

Activities Not Recommended
Handball
Squash
Rock Climbing
Soccer
Singles Tennis
Volleyball
Football
Gymnastics
Lacrosse
Hockey
Basketball
Jogging
Running

Probably Not Recommended
Roller Blading
Inline Skating
Downhill Skiing

The reason that most orthopedic surgeons strongly discourage jogging and running after total knee replacement is that tremendous forces are placed on the knee during these activities. This stress across the joint on the polyethylene bearings can lead to catastrophic failure of the polyethylene material.

References

Total Knee Replacement Equipment

  • If you are being discharged to a sub acute rehab center, they will supply you with equipment
  • If you are going home, we would recommend the following:

    Lower Extremity Dressing Kit
    - Dressing Stick, 27"
    - Elastic Shoelaces
    - whiteSock-Assist™
    - Plastic Shoehorn, 18"

  • Raised Toilet Seat
  • Wheeled Walker
  • Aluminum Adjustable Cane