So you’ve had a knee replacement?  Which sports activities are best – and which are best avoided – after surgery.

Swiss researchers have measured the stress load placed on knee replacements and have now determined which activities are safest and which can be harmful. The results: Patients should alternate activities such as power walking and cycling, which place less stress and pressure on the knee, and they should avoid high-stress endurance sports such as jogging and sports involving running.

Mountain hiking involves ascending and descending steep trails, and walking uphill has been shown to produce minimal force on the knee. Researchers recorded the stress placed on knees during downhill walking, they found it to be quite high. For downhill hikes after total knee replacement surgery, they suggest walking slowly to reduce the burden on the knee joint.

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