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5/24/19 2:50 P

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Definitely talk with your physical therapist!

There are a lot of things you can do to help strengthen necessary muscles and lengthen necessary tendons, plus improve your balance, to make stairs much less threatening.

Also, your therapist should already have a small set of stairs in the office that you could practice going up and down, giving you tips on ways to maximize your balance and strength and minimize your fear.

This is completely normal for anyone who has had issues with stairs - stroke victims, arthritis, etc. You have two things to work on - your physical strength/flexibility, and your confidence. Your PT should be able to help you design a treatment plan that addresses both.

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5/23/19 6:09 P

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I haven't been through that, but I would definitely recommend discussing that fear (and anything else you're concerned about) with your Physical Therapist. They may be able to help lessen that fear in general, but they may also be able to offer some guidance and suggestions on how to navigate the stairs for your needs without having that feeling.

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5/23/19 9:53 A

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5/23/19 6:35 A

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Is there more to your fear of pitching forward and falling than just the arthritis? Meaning, have you actually fallen? If so, a bit of therapy might help. More importantly, since you are working with a PT, have you mentioned this fear to your provider?

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5/22/19 8:31 P

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I have severe arthritis in both knees and have been unable to do stairs for a while. I have been seeing a physical therapist to work on strengthening and range of motion. My question is - I am afraid to go up or down the stairs (mostly down). When standing at the top, I am afraid that I am going to pitch forward and fall. I have been trying to practice on shorter flights, but am still afraid to use a full flight. I do have some balance problems, but if I take things slow, I am usually okay. Has anyone had success going from no stairs to stairs?

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