Patient Information Resources

1089 Spadina Road
Toronto, AL M5N 2M7
Ph: 416-483-2654
Fax: 416-483-2654

Child Orthopedics
Spine - Cervical
Spine - Lumbar
Spine - Thoracic

View Web RX

« Back

I work out at the gym three or four times a week. I see lots of older folks around my age (67 years old) sitting on a seat and pressing weights through the foot and leg. Can I do this with my knee joint replacement?

You can, but you'll need to check with your doctor first and then get some help starting an exercise program of this kind.

A decision of this kind depends on the type of joint replacement you have and how long you've had it. The implant must be well healed with good motion. The doctor will check for infections, loose parts, and uneven wear.

If everything checks out okay, then a physical therapist will measure motion and test your strength to find your starting weight for resistance. The leg without a joint replacement can be used to test "normal," unless you have pain and weakness from arthritis or other problems on that side, too.

Once you are able to match strength, force, and motion on both sides, then the program can be advanced for both legs. The therapist will direct the frequency, duration, and intensity of your program for best results.


« Back

*Disclaimer:*The information contained herein is compiled from a variety of sources. It may not be complete or timely. It does not cover all diseases, physical conditions, ailments or treatments. The information should NOT be used in place of visit with your healthcare provider, nor should you disregard the advice of your health care provider because of any information you read in this topic.

All content provided by eORTHOPOD® is a registered trademark of Mosaic Medical Group, L.L.C.. Content is the sole property of Mosaic Medical Group, LLC and used herein by permission.