Sports After Total Knee Replacement by Dr Niraj Vora

Total Knee Replacement surgeries are rising now-a-days among older people and life after surgery is critical and can face many practical issues in daily life. You can resume to common household chores after you feel comfortable on your feet and able to move around freely. It may also take several months to recover, depending on the person. Researchers suggest that patients can return to light sport-activities and also tells that people who participated in sports prior surgery can continue them post-surgery too. Statistics revealed that one in 20 patients will attempt sports after surgeries. However, there are many factors hidden behind the non-participation in sports like age, gender and lifestyle.

Generally, patients are advised to avoid high-impact sports to preserve their new body part. After complete recovery of surgery, the new joint provides pain relief. Some people walk without a support even they used it prior. The knee allows the patient to perform daily life activities like slow walking, climbing stairs but doing some vigorous physical activities which causes excessive loading on the joint are dangerous and causes swell and pain. The kind of sports which has to be avoided and never advised to played by knee replacement patients are jogging, downhill skiing, high-impact aerobics, basketball and baseball, contact sports such as soccer and football are not safe sports after knee replacement.

Here is a list of some avoidable and advised activities to be performed by TKR patients.

Running: Running after knee replacement is not advisable although this is debatable. Running is nothing but an aerobic activity but with a high-intensity and cardio training. So, orthopaedic surgeons does not recommend jogging or running for their patients’ post-surgery.

Walking: Although walking is not considered as a sport, it is a kind of aerobic exercise which eases the stiffness of the muscles. Rehabilitation should begin as soon as the surgery took place. Get out of the bed and move around using the assistive devices. Start with taking a few steps in the garden and continue to walk for longer periods with any support.

Swimming: It is a great choice because it provides a total body workout with minimum stress on the knee in the same time. It is the most recommended by the doctors as it is non-weight bearing activity.

Cycling: Cycling can be started only after 2-3 weeks after operation. It can be done by placing the seat in the high position, which decreases knee bends and strains of the joint. Adjust the position such that there is a slight bend at your knee and the pedal is at the lowest point.

Driving: Consider driving as a physical activity but not a sport, however, the calories burn is the same. If your car is automatic and had a surgery recently, wait till the pain hampered.

Patients with knee replacements should maintain active lifestyle, it will regulate physical strength and improve overall health too. Low-impact aerobics develops bone quality and therefore decreases the chance of loosening. Consult Dr. Niraj Vora, a specialist in Joint Replacement and Trauma Surgery for all the queries, Dr. Niraj Vora reviews each patient in-person and understand the complications in every case.