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Common Exercises

Exercise is critical for a speedy recovery. You will be visiting with your physical therapist during your recovery process so that you can be monitored and your exercises can be adjusted to meet your body's changing needs.

The following exercises may be similar to the ones that your surgeon and/or physical therapist will prescribe. These exercises may not be allowed immediately following surgery.

Do not attempt these exercises without consent or supervision from your surgeon and/or physical therapist.

Flexion (bent) and extension (straight) exercises for the arms and forearms with the use of weights strengthen the shoulder and upper extremity muscles to prepare you specifically for crutch walking.

Push-ups help strengthen the arms for crutch walking. These can be done from a sitting position, or while lying on your stomach. Use your hands to raise your body from the chair seat, mattress or floor.

 Squeezing a rubber ball strengthens the hands for crutch walking.

Please discuss nutrition, medication and treatment options with your doctor to make sure you are getting the proper care for your particular situation.  The information on this site does not replace your doctor's specific instructions.