While recuperating, and preparing, for a total knee replacement it is important to prepare your living area to help avoid falls. There are a variety of ways to do this:
* remove all loose rugs that do not have a nonstick backing.
* remove all loose rugs, period. Sometimes, depending on your balance, crutches and walkers will have a
hard time getting around the edges of loose rugs.
* remove all cords from the floor. If you don’t make certain that you can maneuver around them without
causing any distress. I have known people who didn’t look down while walking and tripped over cords that
easily could have been avoided had they watching where they were walking. Be careful.
* Watch out for small animals. They have a tendency to run under your feet quickly and without warning.
* I recommend not having any small animals (considered hazards) around for the first week after surgery.
* Don’t reach for anything above your head. It is too easy to lose your balance this way.
* Don’t drink alcohol. This is common sense, but it does affect one’s balance.
* Don’t lean to either side while on your crutches or walker. Keep a square, safe reach area around you. Again, you will lose your balance too easily if you don’t.
It is easy to avoid falling while recuperating from a total knee replacement if you prepare both yourself and home beforehand.
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