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What to do if your joint surgery has been delayed

What to do if your joint surgery has been delayed

Remain as active as possible! 

When it hurts to move, it may seem like a good idea to stop. However, the less we move, the stiffer and more painful our joints become. Regular activity can help:

  • Increase energy levels

  • Improve mood 

  • Reduce risk of chronic disease and help improve quality of life 

  • Reduce the risk of falls

  • Maintain muscle strength

  • Reduce pain

It can be hard to motivate yourself when you’re in pain. Here are some smart strategies:

  • Choose a stress-free activity that you enjoy.

  • If walking is painful, or your balance is poor, don’t hesitate to use devices such as walking poles, cane(s) or a walker. 

  • Manage your pain and energy levels by pacing yourself. Enjoy a bit of activity then take a break.

  • The stronger you are before surgery, the faster you’ll be able to return to your everyday and leisure activities afterwards. For simple strengthening exercises you can do at home, look for the Arthritis Society’s osteoarthritis exercise videos at arthritis.ca/OAExercise 

Reducing wait times for joint replacement surgeries is a top priority. The Arthritis Society has released a report that proposes recommendations to deal with the backlog of these joint replacement surgeries. Learn more at arthritis.ca/advocacy