#104 – Training with Joint Replacements

Coach D delivers an overview of total joint replacements, their effectiveness, their limitations, and the considerations for training before and after surgery.


Modern medicine has developed artificial joints which can replace damaged or worn out joints in the human body, often with great results. As new materials have been introduced to the protheses, artificial joints have become lighter, more durable, more functional with greater range of motion, and longer lasting. However, they do have a shelf life, and the biological interface of organic human tissue with the replacement eventually fails. Therefore trainees should consider a number of factors before deciding to undergo joint replacement, including whether they are a good candidate for joint replacement (based on their symptoms and current level of strength and fitness), their health and fitness goals, the expected lifespan of the replacement and whether they can or want to undergo a second surgery to replace the artificial joint at the end of its lifespan, etc.


Darin shares some of his 30 years of clinical experience with hip, knee, and shoulder replacements in how to navigate these factors, and what to do after you have decided to undergo joint replacement.


Training and the Artificial Joint by John Petrizzo, DPT



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