After knee surgery, you may need to move differently until your knee heals. Practice the following techniques before surgery so you know what to do right after surgery.
A sock aid helps you put on socks without bending.
It is a good idea to have hand rails or grab bars to help with your balance and support. Have someone nearby the first few times you use the tub or shower to provide balance assistance if needed. Talk to your occupational therapist for other tips that will work for your bathroom.
Your physical therapist will review stair climbing with you in the hospital.
A large plastic bag on the car seat may help you move more easily. Also, a firm pillow under your bottom may be needed to increase the seat height so your hips are higher than your knees.
Anytime you are getting in or out of the car, have the driver park about four feet out from the curb edge and not on an incline. Also make sure that the surface you’ll be walking on is free of ice and snow.
Do not use a walker to pull yourself up from a sitting position. This could cause you to fall.
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