How Soon Can I Resume My Athletic Activities After Surgery?

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Hi, I’m Dr. David Crawford. Many patients ask me how long it will take before they can return to playing sports. That depends greatly on what type of sports you want to return to. 

Golf is a very common one that folks ask us about. So, typically, we’ll say they can get back to putting and chipping a month to a month and a half after surgery. It depends if it’s the right or left knee or hip, or if you’re in a lower extremity situation for that type of sport. 

Tennis and things like that—it’s really when you get your muscle strength back, and then even walking or jogging. 

The implants are stable, like, for hip replacement, about a month or month and a half. For knee replacement, really, right after the surgery, if they’re cemented in. So, it’s just more about when your muscle strength and stability are back in the joints.

If you would like to know more about returning to activities after surgery, be sure to contact us at JIS Orthopedics. Our specialists in New Albany and St. Clairsville, Ohio can provide you with the quality care you need. Schedule a visit with us today!

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