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How should I climb stairs after knee replacement surgery?

After knee replacement surgery, you should climb stairs one at a time, using your good leg to pull you up. It is probably a good idea to climb stairs this way until you are pain free, and until you have regained full strength. Also, you should have good sturdy hand rails.

After knee replacement surgery, be safe with stairs. If you must climb stairs, there are a few things to keep in mind to be safe:

  • Avoid stairs if you are unsteady or dizzy.
  • Climb the stairs one at a time.
  • Do not switch feet for each new stair.
  • Use crutches if instructed by your therapist. Your therapist will have you practice stair climbing, if needed.

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