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I had a total knee replacement six months ago. After physical therapy in the hospital, I had more therapy at home. Now I'm doing my own exercises everyday. How long should I keep this up?

It might be time for a follow-up visit with your doctor or therapist. Tests of motion, strength, balance, and coordination can guide you. Patients exercising on their own can still show major weakness even years after a total knee replacement. This can put you at risk for falls and other injuries.

Every person is different and has his or her own unique needs for rehab after joint replacement. A closer look at what you're doing and how you doing can lead to an answer to your question.

It's likely that some form of exercise will be advised. Regular exercise and physical activity has been shown to keep joints healthy, even joints already affected by arthritis. Make it worth your while to exercise. Find out what's best for you in this phase of your recovery.


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