Does a replaced knee work for competitive horseback riding : LUSENET : About Joints : One Thread

I ride competitively in dressage. There is a lot of lateral pressure exerted on both sides of the knee joint from pushing with the upper legs and movements of the lower leg while the knee is pressed against the horse. Impact motion of any kind is minimal. Can the replacement knee take this kind of stress?

-- Dan Pobloskie (, August 29, 2002


Dear Dan,

I like to use the following analogy when talking about joint replacements. “Joint replacements are like tires on a car. Each has only so much mileage before they wear out.” The harder you drive your car the sooner you’ll need to place your tires. Nonetheless, I think that horseback riding would probably be okay as long as it low impact and you’re not thrown from the horse.

Hope this helps!

-- Dr Timothy S. Johnson (, October 16, 2002.

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