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Which kind of activities will not damage my prosthesis or total joint replacement?

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Dr. Joel McClurg
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Gentle: Activities that take these joints through gentle ranges of motion and avoid pounding on them are best. Biking, swimming, walking, and hiking are great activities. Pounding, jumping, and running increase the stress on the artificial joint and increase the likelihood of early joint failure. There are any number of online guides about joint replacement exercises and activities.
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery 29 years experience
Low impact: A joint replacement of the hip or knee can withstand normal day to day activities. High impact activities such as running or jumping will lead to increased wear and potentially premature failure of the prosthesis. Keep your muscles healthy and conditioned via a regular program of low impact activities such as walking, swimming, biking is recommended.

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Last updated Feb 2, 2017

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