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Have you decided to wait a little longer for orthopedic surgery? Here's what to do while you wait.

Here’s what you can do before surgery to minimize pain and best prepare your joints for what is to come. The American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) recommends the following:

Medications can help manage your pain while exercises can strengthen your legs as you await your new surgery date. Follow the medication guidelines from your doctor. This usually includes anti-inflammatories. Joint pain can be treated with over the counter pain relief medication but be sure check with your primary care physician before starting any new medication.

Applying ice or heat on an affected joint can also help you manage your pain.

Stretching and low-impact exercises can help keep your joints and muscles mobile. Watch this video: https://hipknee.aahks.org/preparing-for-joint-replacement-surgery-at-home-exercises/.

Drop a couple of pounds. Remember, for every pound of weigh lost, your hips and knees can be unloaded by 3-6 pounds!

And, when you are ready for surgery, call Ortho El Paso at 915-249-4000 to schedule your consultation. Visit www.orthoep.com to learn more about our orthopedic practice