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A Guide for Patients Having Hip or Knee Replacement

Activities of Daily Living


Dressing your lower body (legs and feet) may be a challenge before you obtain the movement needed to reach below your knee level. It is usually easier to dress your operated leg first. A reacher, long-handled shoehorn, and sock-aid may be helpful to get yourself dressed, especially if you have had both of your knees replaced. Your Occupational Therapist will show you how to use these assistive devices if needed. These devices may be eligible for coverage through your insurance. Please inform your occupational therapist if your insurance company requires a prescription.

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