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A Guide for Patients Having Hip or Knee Replacement

Resuming an Active Lifestyle

Resuming your leisure activities following surgery depends on the physical demands of the activity and your stage of recovery. For more information please consult the exercise booklet provided to you by your physiotherapist during your hospital stay.

Activities That May be Resumed Immediately

  • Walking
  • Swimming – Ask your surgeon. You may be able to swim or do exercises in the pool if your incision is well healed and if you have access to a pool with a graded entry (stairs and handrail) before the 6 week period. The whip kick is never permitted, however, frog kick is allowed.

Kneeling platform

Activities That May be Resumed after 6 Weeks

  • Driving
  • Stationary biking (Note: May be used for range of motion exercises beginning in Week 1)
  • Swimming – in any type of pool
  • Golf – begin at the driving range
  • Gardening (Note: It is recommended that patients use a ‘kneeling platform’ that is padded and has handles to allow easy transition from kneeling to standing.)

Activities That May be Resumed at 3 Months

  • Golf
  • Outdoor cycling (NOT Mountain Biking)
  • Doubles tennis

Activities to Discuss With Your Surgeon

  • Skiing – downhill or cross-country
  • Ice skating
  • Sailing
  • Canoeing
  • Mountain biking
  • When your legs are under water, side to side leg movements against water resistance (e.g. jumping jacks)

High Risk Activities That Are NEVER Permitted

  • Singles tennis
  • Jogging/Running
  • Squash/Racquetball
  • High impact aerobics

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