Climbing stairs is a task that places substantially more force on the knee compared to walking and getting up from a chair. [1] In fact, climbing stairs places a force three times greater than your body weight on the knee. [1] This may all sound scary, so the question is should you be climbing stairs after a knee replacement?

For more information on climbing stairs after knee replacement check out our blog here. For further information, also check out our blog on what exercises and activities you can do after a total knee replacement. Curovate is an evidence-based, physical therapy app for patients that can help you start your exercise rehab process. It provides you with physical therapy plans, physical therapy videos , ways to measure and monitor your progress such as measuring your knee or hip range of motion , and much more! Download the Curovate App by clicking on the links below.

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2. Swanson EA, Schmalzried TP, Dorey FJ. Activity recommendations after total hip and knee arthroplasty: a survey of the American Association for Hip and Knee Surgeons. The Journal of arthroplasty. 2009 Sep 1;24(6):120-6.

3. Walsh M, Woodhouse LJ, Thomas SG, Finch E. Physical impairments and functional limitations: a comparison of individuals 1 year after total knee arthroplasty with control subjects. Physical therapy. 1998 Mar 1;78(3):248-58.

4. Weiss, Jennifer M. MD*; Noble, Philip C. PhD*; Conditt, Michael A. PhD**; Kohl, Harold W. PhD*; Roberts, Seth BS*; Cook, Karon F. PhD*; Gordon, Michael J. MD*; Mathis, Kenneth B. MD*. What Functional Activities Are Important to Patients With Knee Replacements?. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research: November 2002 - Volume 404 - Issue - p 172-188.