Specialties

  • Activity Guidelines

  • The first three months after joint replacement surgery will be challenging. But the St. Mary-Corwin Joint Replacement Center team is here to support each of our patients. It is important to understand these challenges and to reflect on the quality of life that will be improved upon after surgery and rehabilitation.

    After surgery activity guidelines can be broken into four different stages.

    Weeks 1-2 Walking after Joint Replacement at St. Mary-Corwin Pueblo
    After three to four days at St. Mary-Corwin, patients are ready for discharge from the hospital. During weeks one and two of recovery, typical goals are to:

    • Continue with walker or two crutches unless otherwise instructed.
    • Walk at least 300 feet with support.
    • Climb and descend a flight of stairs (12-14 steps) with a rail once a day.
    • Independently sponge bath or shower (after staples are removed) and dress.
    • Independently sponge bathe or shower (after staples are removed) and dress.
    • Gradually resume homemaking tasks.
    • Do 20 minutes of home exercises (given to each patient) twice a day, with or without the therapist.


    Weeks 2-4
    During weeks 2-4 patients will gain more independence. In addition to outpatient therapy, patients should be very faithful to a home exercise program, in combination with each other these two exercise plans will lead to achieving the best outcome.  At this stage a patient's goals are to:

    • Achieve one to two week goals.
    • Move from full support to a cane or single crutch as instructed by the therapist.
    • Walk at least one-quarter mile.
    • Climb and descend a flight of stairs (12-14 steps) more than once daily.
    • Independently shower and dress.
    • Resume homemaking tasks.
    • Do 20 minutes of home exercises twice a day with or without the therapist.
    • Begin driving with permission from the surgeon.


    Weeks 4-6
    Patient recovery during this stage will include even more independence. The home exercise program will become even more important as supervised therapy will be less frequent. During these weeks patients should meet these goals:

    • Achieve one to four week goals.
    • Walk with a cane or single crutch.
    • Walk one quarter to one half mile.
    • Begin progressing on stair from one foot at a time to regular stair climbing (foot over foot).
    • Drive a car with permission from the surgeon.
    • Continue with home exercise program twice a day.


    Weeks 6-12
    During this timeframe patients should be able to being resuming all of their activities. Goals for this period are to:

    • Achieve one to six week goals.
    • Walk with no cane or crutch and without a limp.
    • Climb and descend stairs in normal fashion (foot over foot).
    • Walk one-half to one mile.
    • Resume activities including dancing, bowling, and golf.
    • Resume intimacy with precautions.
  • Contact us

    For more information about our Joint Replacement Center please call 719-557-5622.

    Looking for a physician?

    Our team of dedicated physicians are committed to an unprecedented level of experience and understanding.

  • Tour the Joint Replacement Center

    For a tour and more information about the St. Mary-Corwin Joint Replacement Center, please contact our Joint Care Coordinator at 719-557-5622 or margaretstratton@centura.org.

Search: Current Site All Sites