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?

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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.