What postoperative therapy is required following arthroplasty for osteoarthritis (OA)?

Updated: Jun 10, 2020
  • Author: Carlos J Lozada, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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After joint replacement, patients require partial weight-bearing, which progresses to full weight-bearing in 1-3 months; range-of-motion and strengthening exercises are started within a few days after joint-replacement surgery and continued until the patient has good range of motion and strength. After resection arthroplasty of the hip, patients require instruction in the use of crutches or a walker, which are usually needed permanently.

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