FAQ018: Why should I continue exercising if I'm waiting for a joint replacement?

You’re waiting for a joint replacement, now what?

The decision if or when you should be going in for a joint replacement is a tough one. No one can make it for you. But once you have discussed with your doctor and physiotherapist, and the next step is a joint replacement, many people can feel like now they just have to sit and wait. But that is so far from the truth. It is so important for you to keep your muscles strong.

The stronger you are before surgery, the stronger you’ll be after

At STAVE OFF, we can’t stress this enough for people in CONQUER program or for some of our physiotherapy clients. The strength of your muscles is a pivotal point that is going to dictate success after surgery. When you are going for surgery, you are going to inevitably lose some strength (because you’re spending some time moving around less as you heal). But the more reserve you have, the better you are going to do. A joint replacement is a big deal, doing everything you can to ensure that it is successful is going to be important.

But it’s not just about your knees or hips its about your heart!

Exercise as well is a really important part of staying healthy and active regardless of muscular injuries. The wait list for joint replacement surgery can be upwards of a year. That is a long time to not be doing any physical activity or exercise. Our hearts and our minds need the exercise to stay healthy just as much as our muscles do (can you tell that we are a fan of exercise yet?!)

Joint replacement surgery isn’t for everyone. I have met a lot of people who are trying to avoid it all together. If that is you, why don’t you check out our article that gives you some strategies to try to avoid it 

When do you need a joint replacement? We have an FAQ video on that!

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