There are some positions your surgeon or physical therapist may recommend you avoid during your knee replacement recovery. It is important to follow these precautions and instructions to protect it and promote the proper healing of your new knee. The first few months are very crucial in the recovery process and following these precautions is very important.
- Keep your feet and knees pointed straight forward, not turned in or out.
- Keep your knees either bent or stretched out in the way your physical therapist instructed.
- Sit on a firm sturdy chair with a straight back and armrests.
- Take small steps when you are turning. Try not to pivot on the leg that was operated on.
- Avoid squatting and kneeling soon after knee joint replacement surgery.
- Avoid stools, sofas, soft chairs, rocking chairs, and chairs that are too low, as these positions may strain your knee or be difficult to get out of.
The precautions may differ from one person to another depending on the surgical technique used and your own healing process. Unless you are told otherwise, adhere to the precautions mentioned above.
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