Going up and down stairs

Going up and down the stairsIt’s important that all stair railings, both in and outside your home, are secure. In the first few weeks at home, limit stair climbing to one round trip per day if possible. Hold onto the railing at all times to keep your balance.

  • Put your hand on the railing. If using a cane, hold it in the hand opposite your operated leg.
  • If possible, start UP the stairs with the foot of your unoperated leg.
  • Lift your cane and your operated leg at same time.as you step up.
  • Take one step at a time. Don’t move until you feel strong and steady.
  • Always start DOWN the stairs with your cane and the foot of your operated leg.
  • Now move the foot of your unoperated leg down onto the same step.

TIP: An easy way to think about it is: “Up with the good leg; down with the bad.”

Important IMPORTANT:
The movements described here may not be right for a person who has had revision surgery. Your therapist will guide you.
The movements described here may not be right for a person who has had bilateral surgery. Your therapist will guide you.