What is knee replacement exercises?

Total knee replacement rehabilitation–Later exercises

When you are able to walk on your own for a few steps or a short distance, you can try these exercises. Talk to your doctor before starting any of these exercises. He or she may tell you to do them in a certain way.

Standing knee bends

  • Stand up straight, using a walker or crutches or hold onto something stable, such as a counter.
  • Lift the thigh of your affected leg so that your knee bends.
  • Lift as far as you can, and hold it for 5 to 10 seconds.
  • Lower your leg, and touch the floor with your heel first.
  • Do this 8 to 12 times or until your leg feels tired.

Assisted knee bends

  • Lie on your back with your affected knee slightly bent.
  • Loop a towel over your knee, and slide it down so that is against your ankle.
  • Continue to bend your knee, pulling your ankle gently toward you with the towel.
  • Bend your knee as far as you can.
  • Hold for 15 to 30 seconds, and then relax your leg.
  • Do this 10 to 12 times or until your leg feels tired.

Adding resistance

About 4 to 6 weeks after surgery, you may be able to do the standing or assisted knee bends with light weights around your ankles. Begin with 1- to 2-pound weights, and slowly increase the weight as your knee and leg get stronger. Check with your doctor before you make any changes to your exercises.

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