If you will be using a walker or crutches to help you walk, ask your doctor how much weight you can put on your operated joint. Usually patients with hip or knee replacement surgery will progress from a walker or crutches to using a cane.
The techniques listed below are recommended during early healing and are generally in place for six to eight weeks following your surgery. They may be extended on the advice or your surgeon or therapist.
Take short walks as often as you can, using your walking aid. Avoid twisting your body. Try to walk longer distances as you are able to. Walking helps to prevent stiff joints and is good for your overall health, strength and blood flow.
Click on the tabs below to read step by step instructions and watch video clips on how to safely walk with the walking aids: