Weight Bearing Definitions

Non-Weight Bearing (NWB)
No weight allowed

Feather Weight Bearing (FeWB or TTWB)
Minimal weight allowed  i.e. not enough to crush an eggshell under their foot

50% Weight Bearing (50%WB)
Up to half of patient’s body weight is allowed.  Two crutches or a standard walker are necessary at all times

Protected Weight Bearing (PTWB or PWB)
Weight bearing as tolerated but gait aids are mandatory at all times until further follow-up with the surgeon

Weight Bearing as Tolerated (WBAT)
Patient is allowed as much weight as they feel comfortable with. Gait aid use is at the discretion of the treating physiotherapist

Hip Arthroplasty

Hip Precautions (if applicable) 

Hip Exercises

Please see pages 27-39 of the My Guide to Total Hip Joint Replacement.

Guidelines for Rehabilitation after Anterior Approach THA

Knee Arthroplasty

Knee Exercises

Please see pages 24-32 of the My Guide to Total knee Joint Replacement.

Outcome Measures

Lower Extremity Functional Scale (LEFS)

Interpreting Lower Extremity Functional Scale (LEFS) Scores