When can I stop my knee replacement rehab?

I had a total knee replacement six months ago. I’ve been doing my home program of exercises for my knee ever since. I think I may have maxed out because I’m not getting any more motion. Can I stop now?

If you have had a knee replacement, it’s likely that you are an older adult with arthritis or at least some type of joint degeneration. An exercise program to maintain motion, strength, and balance is still very important for you.

You may be able to drop back from a daily program of specific exercises for your knee and leg to one that’s done three or four times each week. But you should keep up with other activities such as walking, biking, golfing, tennis, or other recreational sports that you enjoy.

If you are having any trouble with walking, stair climbing, or other daily functional activities, then it may be time to have your exercise program re-evaluated. Your physical therapist can do this quickly and easily and help you get on a better track for what you need and/or want to do.

For more information on this subject, call The Zehr Center for Orthopaedics at 239-596-0100 or visit www.zehrcenter.com. The information contained herein is compiled from a variety of sources. It may not be complete or timely. It does not cover all diseases, physical conditions, ailments or treatments. The information should NOT be used in place of a visit with your healthcare provider, nor should you disregard the advice of your health care provider because of any information you read in this topic.

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