Can You Workout with Stitches?

If you’ve ever had stitches, you know they can be quite painful. But can you workout with them? Find out in this blog post!

What are Stitches?

Stitches are used by medical practitioners to close wounds and lacerations for proper healing. They are also used to hold together muscles, tendons, and ligaments to ensure that they are in the correct position for healing. It is important to understand what type of stitches are used and how they impact the body when considering to start working out with them. In this article, we will take a look at what stitches are, the different types of stitches, and their impact on our body.

Types of Stitches

Stitches, or sutures, are medical procedures used to close wounds after surgery or other medical treatments. Depending on the type and size of wound, a variety of different stitches may be employed.

The most common types of stitches are:
-Absorbable Sutures: These types of stitches are typically made from materials that dissolve over time such as catgut and polyglycolic acid. They do not require removal as they dissolve naturally. Absorbable sutures may be used for both external and internal wounds.
-Nonabsorbable Sutures: Nonabsorbable sutures must be removed by a medical professional at a later date. They can be used to stitch together deep tissue layers and connect tissue flaps from an underlying skin grafting procedure. Nonabsorbable sutures are typically made from materials such as silk, nylon or polypropylene thread and are favored for their greater tensile strength which helps promote secure wound closure while also allowing minimal scarring once the sutures have been removed.

Other types of stitches include “tissue adhesive” (often referred to as “skin glue”) which is commonly used on smaller external wounds, where staples or other forms of stitch might otherwise cause significant scarring or cosmetic impairment to the area around the injury site; dissolvable threads which help pull the edges of a wound together until the body’s own healing mechanisms take over; and barbed suture threads which hook onto each other providing additional strength in repairs where tension is increased due to movement within an area (e.g., during physical activity).

How Long Do Stitches Last?

Stitches, also known as sutures, are specialized medical stitches that are used to hold the edges of an open wound together and promote the healing process. Stitches typically consist of thread or wire passed through tissue or organs in order to close a wound. Depending on the type, location and complexity of the injury, stitches often remain in place for anywhere between two and fourteen days.

It is important to follow your healthcare provider’s instructions regarding how long you should wait before exercising with stitches. Generally speaking, swimming and stretching are some of the best exercises you can do after getting stitches since they involve less jarring motions than vigorous contact sports and high-impact activities such as running or jumping.

In addition to following your healthcare provider’s instructions when exercising with stitches, it is important to be aware of other common precautions that should be taken during the healing process. Never attempt to remove any stitches you have on your own — trying to remove them yourself could increase infection risk or cause excessive bleeding — instead, schedule an appointment with your doctor or a qualified medical professional should they need to be removed early. Additionally, it is important that all wounds are kept clean and dry at all times as a way of preventing infection.

Is Working Out with Stitches Safe?

Working out with stitches can be a tricky situation. On one hand, exercise can help speed up the healing process and help you feel better, but on the other hand, you need to be careful to not open your wound or cause it further damage. In this article, we will be discussing the pros and cons of working out with stitches, so you can make an informed decision on what is best for your health and safety.

Risks of Working Out with Stitches

When someone experiences an injury that requires stitches, the subsequent healing time affects the areas of activity that can be undertaken for a period. Depending on where on the body the injury takes place and when you get your stitches, you may have to take a break from working out. If a doctor has cleared physical activity and exercise, it’s important to keep in mind that there is some risk involved with working out with stitches.

The main risks of exercising with stitches include:
-Bleeding: Working out with stitches puts you at risk of bleeding or causing other injury due to excess sweat, friction, or certain movements.
-Infection: Engaging in physical activities while stitches are still healing can increase your risk of infection due to bacteria getting into the wound.
-Increased Healing Time: If too much strain is put on the area where stitches are located premature removal of sutures due to stress can occur as well as increasing your recovery time.
-Damage and Tearing: Exercise such as heavy lifting or intense cardio could cause damage to sutures potentially causing tearing or weakening them prematurely.
It is essential to observe caution when starting any kind of physical activity shortly after receiving stitching for an injury in order to maximize safety and health benefits post-treatment.

When to Avoid Working Out with Stitches

If you have recently had surgery, it is important to pay attention to your body’s response during and after exercise. Working out with stitches might be safe under certain conditions, but it is important to speak with your medical provider prior to exercising if you want to make sure that it is safe for you. In general, you should avoid working out with stitches if:
-You have an open wound that has not completely healed
-Your doctor or surgeon has given explicit instructions not to exercise
-You feel pain when exercising
-You notice any new or worsening symptoms such as increased swelling or redness at the surgical site
-Your stitches are angry and inflamed
-You experience excessive friction when engaging in physical activity
-The backside of the stitch area (where skin meets muscle) feels irritated or uncomfortable.

How to Exercise Safely with Stitches

If you have stitches or other injuries, you may be wondering if you will be able to exercise safely with them. The good news is that you can, but you need to be careful in order to protect the affected area. In this article, we’ll discuss how to safely work out with stitches, which activities are safe for you, and how to determine if you need more medical help.

Proper Wound Care

Proper wound care is essential when exercising with stitches. Be sure to keep wounds clean and covered with a sterile bandage before and after any physical activity. If using over-the-counter medications or antibiotics to treat the wound, abide by the instructions and dosing frequency provided on the label. Visit a doctor if you notice any signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, heat, discharge or general pain in the area around your stitches.

It is also important to avoid scrubbing or rubbing your stitches when showering or bathing. When exercising with stitches, opt for activities that are gentle and low impact such as yoga or light cardio. Avoid strenuous efforts that could pull at the sutures or reopen the wound until it has fully healed according to your doctor’s recommendation. Moisturizing lotions can be used to prevent drying and irritation if needed. Pay attention your body for signs of distress and stop exercise immediately should any discomfort occur.

Avoid High-Impact Exercises

It is important to avoid any intense or high-impact exercises when dealing with stitches. These movements require rotational force, either side to side or up and down, which can pull at the area and tear your skin open further. This includes running, jumping, aerobics and contact sports like basketball. Jumping jacks should also be avoided. If you were injured while playing these sports, it would be a good idea to wait until all stitches are removed before returning to the activity.

In addition, any exercise that causes excessive bumping to your stitches should also be avoided even if there is no high-impact movement involved as this could increase the risk of infection or further tears in the skin. Examples include mountain biking, long distance cycle rides and football– especially goalkeepers who often dive on the ground during gameplay.

Finally, some weight training exercises may also carry a risk of irritating your stitches due to the tightness of the hold on weights or bars combined with sudden jerking movements used during complex movements like squats and deadlifts. For this reason it’s important to reduce weight (amount on plates) significantly when starting out after injury or surgery and use controlled slow movements with reduced range of motion until injury has well healed– i.e., waited for 7 days after removal of stitches before picking up heavy weights again (according to American Academy Of Orthopaedic Surgeons).

Listen to Your Body

When you have stitches, it’s important to be aware of how your body feels and listen for warning signals that you should stop your workout immediately. If you experience excessive soreness or pain at the site of stitches, stop exercising and seek medical advice as soon as possible. It is also possible to develop an infection from sweat and bacteria getting into the wound site while exercising. Monitor the area around your stitches for any signs of redness, swelling, fever or an increase in pain.

Additionally, be mindful of certain types of exercises that could place too much stress on an area with stitches. Avoid any activities that involve prolonged use or repetitive motions such as running, jumping rope or weight lifting until you have completely healed or have received approval from a healthcare professional. Opt instead for less strenuous activities such as light walking or swimming which require minimal impact on the stitched area while still providing a light workout. Remember to hydrate often throughout your workouts and avoid quick changes in body temperature in order to avoid discomfort at the wound site.


After looking at the various risks involved in exercising with stitches, it is clear that it is not a recommended activity. Despite the potential benefits of exercise, the risks of causing further injury or of the wound healing incorrectly are too great. Therefore, other forms of exercise should be considered while the stitches are healing.

When to Resume Working Out

If the wound is small, it’s typically okay to start working out again shortly after getting stitches. However, if your doctor has given you any instructions or further recommendations about when to resume exercising, it is important to follow them closely.

It can be tempting to ignore the advice of a doctor but depending on how deep the wound is and how active your usual workout routine is, returning to physical activity too soon can lead to swelling, increased pain, and possible inflammation at the area of injury, as well as more serious risks such as infection.

To minimize the risk of any negative impacts from working out while healing and ensure you don’t aggravate your wound further while healing, it’s important to listen closely to your doctor’s advice. Your doctor may recommend gradually increasing physical activity until resuming regular workouts or that you avoid high-impact activities for several weeks post-stitches. Additionally, your medical provider may give recommendations about specific movements/positions and which exercises/activities should be avoided altogether until healing is complete. Before anything else it’s essential that you allow yourself enough time for rest before returning too rigorous activities or workouts. Make sure you properly protect the affected area during exercise and that you get plenty of fluids throughout your recovery process.


To sum up, whether or not it is safe to exercise with stitches depends on the type of injury and the individual’s health history. Generally speaking, low impact aerobic activity is usually safe as long as your doctor has given you clearance to do so. Strength training should be avoided while healing and it’s best to wait at least 6-8 weeks after surgery before attempting any heavy lifting or high cardio exercises. Listening to your body and taking into account your medical advice can help you make the decision about when it’s safe for you to start exercising with stitches or following an injury.

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