Knee Replacement Surgery Exercises

Are you looking for knee replacement surgery exercises? Knee Replacment Surgery can be managed with following some general exercise guidelines. Of course, as part of the overall treatment program, utilize ice therapy to help minimize localized pain and swelling. In addition, avoid all aggravating activities.

It is important that both range of motion and strengthening exercises be performed pain free. You may feel some discomfort with the range of motion exercises. This is normal. Range of motion will not improve unless there is some discomfort with stretching.

As part of a knee rehabilitation program, consider using a stationary exercise bike. Repetitive motion helps to regain normal range of motion and lubricate stiff joints.

Knee Replacement Surgery Exercises: Stretching

Knee Prone Hang

Prone Hang

Lie on your stomach with your legs hanging over the edge. Position your leg so that your knee cap is off the edge of the bed. Relax your leg and allow it to hang as straight as possible. Try to let the leg hand for 2-5 minutes. Repeat a couple of times a day.

Knee Heel Slide

Heel Slide

While lying on your back, hook a rope or dog leach around your foot. Use the rope to pull your foot up toward you buttocks, allowing your knee to bend. Bend your knee until you feel a strong stretch. Hold for 20 seconds. Repeat 10 times.

Knee Replacement Surgery Exercises: Strengthening

Knee quad set

Quad Set

Position yourself with the knee as straight as possible. Roll up a hand sized towel and place it directly under the knee. Keeping your heel on the ground, push the back of your knee against the towel. Hold for a count of 5. Repeat 2 sets of 10 repetitions.

Side Lying Hip Abduction

Hip Abduction

Lie on your side with the surgical leg on top. Bend the non surgical leg to help keep you balanced. Tighten the quadriceps muscle, keeping your knee as straight as possible. Slowly lift you leg up toward the ceiling. Lift and lower your leg slowly. Repeat 2 sets of 10 repetitions.

Straight Leg Raise

Straight Leg Raise

Position yourself lying on your back with the arthritic knee straight and the opposite knee flexed. Tighten the quadriceps muscle on the involved leg. Keeping the muscle tight, lift the leg off the ground and up to the level of the opposite bent knee. Lift and lower leg slowly. Repeat 2 sets of 10 repetitions.

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