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NANCYPAT1 Posts: 50,661
5/24/14 2:37 A

I am a fan of (okay, okay, an ADDICT of) water exercise - so much less stress on the joints and when balance and stability are shaky, falling is less likely to hurt when you are in the water. Many of those in the water classes I take have had replacement knees and hips, some don't like the water much and don't swim, but they have found that the water exercises increases stability and balance on land as well as in the water. If getting in and out of the water presents problems, many pools have lifts to lower you into the water so you don't even have to do the stairs. I love my water exercise and can spend HOURS in the water moving freely while much SHORTER times on land doing half as much. I use my cane and when I get to the steps, use the railing to support me - once in the water I think I can do anything - I also experience a LOT less pain than before.

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5/24/14 2:08 A

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I'd give advice but I think it's been covered. lol

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5/23/14 10:53 P

Thanks for your responses to my post. I will be using all suggestions given to some type of use.



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5/22/14 3:40 P

There are exercises you can do seated. I had to research this when I had foot surgery. Either search seated exercise in the "search bar" or go to the fitness video library and look there. Good luck!

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5/22/14 1:41 A

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Can you still walk with your walker? That's what I did after my surgery. Just kept building up strength. Swimming is also easier on the joints and walking in the pool helps and most pools have water aerobics classes that are fairly inexpensive. I also invested about 20 bucks in a stability ball and used it for stretching. There are several videos here on SP for chair exercises that might be of interest to you.

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5/21/14 11:18 P

HI, I am New to Spark and the message board. I have had two knee replacements an my balance is SHOT. My exercise of choice was walking but since my replacements, I am unable to walk without a cane/walker. The insurance company says I have had enough PT and can do the rest on my own. HELP ANY SUGGESTIONS??

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