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I had a total knee replacement five months ago. I can walk just fine, but I still can't climb the two stairs in front of my house. Will I ever be able to do this?

Stair climbing is a difficult skill for many people who have had total knee replacement. This is true even one year after surgery. After surgery, the support from leg muscles is only one-third of the strength and force needed to climb stairs.

Bring your concern to your doctor's attention. A physical therapist can help you begin an exercise program specifically designed to assist you with stairs. If you saw a physical therapist during your recovery from surgery, do not hesitate to contact the therapist and request additional services.


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