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The kneeling position is essential to many daily living activities and in certain occupations. Kneeling is also an intermediate position used by older adults as they get up from the floor. Clearly, kneeling is a normal movement -- a movement that we take for granted until it's gone. When is it gone? When does someone lose the ability to kneel?

Is an osteoarthritis patient who has had a knee replacement physically able to kneel? Would kneeling damage the joint prosthesis? That's really the issue -- even if the person is physically able to kneel after knee replacement surgery, is it prohibited? Some small studies have concluded that there seems to be a real difference between perceived and actual ability to kneel. Read more in Is Kneeling Possible After Knee Replacement?

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