After replacing large joints, you need to go through a long recovery period. At first, a lot is prohibited: sudden movements, active sports , drivingvisiting saunas and swimming pools . However, later many restrictions are removed, and the person is allowed to gradually return to an active lifestyle.

But some precautions have to be observed for the rest of your life. Why is that? Let’s figure it out!

Why can’t you kneel

A knee endoprosthesis is a foreign body for the body. It will never fully replace the “native” joint and will not restore its functions by 100%. Yes, after the operation, pain will disappear and normal limb mobility will return. But the installed implant will need to be “protected”. 

Partial and total operation.

Kneeling has a traumatic effect on the installed implant. And this can provoke its dislocation, that is, the displacement of the components of the endoprosthesis relative to each other. This complication is difficult to treat. And often it even requires repeated surgical intervention ( revision arthroplasty ). To reduce the risk of complications, doctors have introduced a number of restrictions.

Therefore, after the operation, you cannot: 

  • kneel down and on all fours; 
  • have sex in “dangerous” positions; 
  • jump and squat sharply; 
  • stumble and slip in the bathroom, sauna, ice; 
  • lift weights; 
  • gain weight (each extra kilogram will accelerate the wear of the installed endoprosthesis). 

Jumps, sudden movements and falls can provoke not only a dislocation of the prosthesis but also a periprosthetic fracture . Bone can easily crack due to trauma. To prevent this from happening, you must not violate the established restrictions. It is advisable to observe them until the end of life.

When can you kneel after hip arthroplasty? 

Kneeling does not have a direct traumatic effect on the hip joint. Therefore, after replacing it, you can kneel down. But at the same time, it is advisable to maintain the body in an upright position.

Replacement of two joints.

At the same time, it is strictly prohibited: 

  • get on all fours; 
  • bend the legs at the hip joint less than 90 degrees; 
  • cross your legs;
  • cross your knees for a long time. 

Excessive flexion of the hip joint and crossing the knees puts stress on the endoprosthesis. Again, this can lead to dislocation or fracture. 

Knees are usually allowed 3-4 months after hip replacement. Doing this ahead of time or without the permission of the attending physician is also prohibited. 

Let’s summarize: 

  1. After a knee replacement , kneeling is prohibited. 
  2. In order to prevent fractures and dislocations of the endoprosthesis, after the operation, you must not fall, jump sharply, squat, and get on all fours. 
  3. After hip arthroplasty, you can kneel down. But you can’t stand on all fours, cross your legs and cross your lower limbs for a long time. 
  4. Before making any “risky” movements, you need to consult with your doctor. And to clarify whether they can be done. Otherwise, you risk getting complications.

It is important to understand what meaning a specific person puts into words. For some, kneeling means getting up and cleaning the floors in an apartment or house, which of course cannot be done. For others, it means “standing up without a knee” to take something off the floor, in this case everything is easier and safer. Take care of yourself!

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