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Exercising After a Hip or Knee Replacement

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Exercising After a Hip or Knee Replacement

Question: Doc, I’m a Disabled Veteran with bilateral Hip Replacements. Can I SQUAT, Leg Press and Lunge? A sedentary lifestyle has led to a weight gain of 100lbs (355lbs) I’m very motivated to get fit and live longer. A trainer suggested training legs weekly to supplement a plant-based diet, sleep and lots of water.

Dr. Kim Foreman: Hip and knee replacements are designed to tolerate low impact activities but don’t do so well with high impact activities – these tend to prematurely wear and/or loosen the implants.  Lifting weights, biking, elliptical, stair-stepper, walking, and anything in water are all good activities for the lower extremities and are low impact.  Running, jumping, jogging, and I would include lunges in this, are not good activities for somebody with hip or knee replacements.  Good luck with your exercise program and weight reduction.

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