The end of the year brings a mad rush to meet deadlines, to plan for the holidays, abandon poor habits and make room for new resolutions.
It’s also a time when surgery may be more convenient because the holidays allow extra days for recovery at a time when end-of-the-year deductibles likely have been met.
No matter the time of year, joint replacements of the hip and knee are common surgeries that require an extensive period of limb immobilization during recovery. Patients are placed in braces or casts and are not allowed to place weight on the recovering joints. This period of disuse results in skeletal muscle loss, weakness and loss of function.
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