Essential Exercises While You Wait for Your Joint Replacement
We got the lowdown from physical therapist, Nate Riess, PT, DPT, on the best exercises you can be doing at home right now to keep your joint in top condition and ready for surgery.
We’ve made it easy for you to stay healthy at home while you wait for your joint replacement surgery. We know it can be frustrating to be in a holding pattern, and we are eager to help you on your journey to a healthier, more active lifestyle. Thank you for your sacrifice. Together, we are able to preserve personal protective equipment to the heroes on the front lines fighting COVID-19.
Get started with exercises
The links below are specially-designed physical therapy prescriptions for joint replacement surgery. You will have access to:
- Narrated videos showing exactly how to properly complete each exercise
- Guides on the sets, repetitions, and sessions per day
- If you prefer, you can download a PDF of the exercises and descriptions
While these exercises are shown on the floor, you can absolutely do them on a couch or bed if you are concerned about getting down on the floor and back up.
Listen to your body
Just remember to listen to your body. With any change to your exercise program, you want to start slow. The exercises should be stopped if painful or once you become fatigued. It is normal to experience muscle fatigue and/or soreness during or after exercising.
We also have clinic video visits available with all our arthritis specialists if you need to connect with a provider. Call us to get yours scheduled at 651-968-5201.
When to seek treatment for your arthritis
Arthritis doesn’t have to spell the end of an active life. If you are experiencing worrisome symptoms or persistent pain, the renowned arthritis specialists at Summit Orthopedics can help. We work with you to confirm a diagnosis and develop an appropriate conservative treatment plan. If nonsurgical treatments fail to support your lifestyle goals, fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeons will consult with you and discuss appropriate surgical options. Summit is home to innovative joint replacement options. Our Vadnais Heights Surgery Center is one of a select few nationally to receive The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement.
Summit has convenient locations across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We have state-of-the-art centers for comprehensive orthopedic care in Eagan, MN, Plymouth, MN, Vadnais Heights, MN, and Woodbury, MN, as well as additional community clinics throughout the metro and southern Minnesota.
More Resources for You:
- Check out 4 Tips for Home Care if Your Joint Replacement is Delayed
- Learn about rehabilitation after total knee replacement surgery.
- Discover ways to fight inflammation.
- Arthritis 101
- Get the latest on medication options for knee pain.
- Knee Replacement Surgery: Don’t Wait Too Long
No matter what your age, doing this one simple thing can help keep your back pain-free for a lifetime.