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Living with an Injured Knee
Caring for your knee goes beyond your surgery. Adopting a healthy lifestyle can help your knee function properly and help you avoid any future pain or damage.
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Little changes in your lifestyle can make a big difference in caring for your knee, from maintaining a healthy weight to exercising correctly. Now that you’ve had your surgery, you’ll want to do everything you can to help keep your knee in good shape. Making smart and healthy choices can help.
Manage your weight
Every pound of excess weight exerts about 4 pounds of extra pressure on the knees.1 The added weight adds unnecessary stress to your joints. That’s why it’s so important to manage your weight.
Wear the right footwear
Believe it or not, when you wear high heels, you are putting extra stress on your knees. High heels shift your body forward, putting added pressure on your knee joint. To help keep your knees healthy, stick with supportive and comfortable shoes.2,3
Exercise will be key in caring for your knee. Your doctor or physical therapist will recommend certain exercises that help strengthen the muscles that support your knee. Of course, you should make sure to perform the exercise correctly and don’t strain any muscles, as this could hinder your rehabilitation.
Be careful on stairs
Climbing up and down stairs can really put pressure on your knee. To alleviate some of this pressure, simply hold on to the rail as you go up and down stairs.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
The success of the knee arthroscopy procedure depends on age, weight, activity level and other factors. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. People with conditions limiting rehabilitation should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell if knee arthroscopy is right for you.
1. https://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/comorbidities/obesity-arthritis/fat-and-arthritis.php Paragraph 3, "Why Obesity Matters"
3. https://www.rush.edu/health-wellness/discover-health/preventing-knee-pain section 4