A regular exercise program will strengthen the weakened muscles. Your success with rehabilitation largely depends on your commitment to follow the exercise program developed by your therapists.
Ideally, you should exercise two to three times a day, every day, after surgery.
Follow specific directions given to you by your surgeon, therapist or nurse.
Do the advanced knee exercises below only if you are instructed by a therapist or surgeon.
Lie on your back and bend your knee. Use a towel behind your knee and pull the towel with both hands to increase the stretch in your knee. Hold for _________ seconds. Return to the starting position and relax.
Lie on your stomach with a towel under your thigh. Bend your knee back as far as possible. Hold for _________ seconds. Return to the starting position and relax. Repeat _________ times.
Lie on your stomach with a pillow under your hips. Keep your surgical leg straight and lift it toward the ceiling. Hold for 5 seconds. Slowly lower your leg down and relax.
Place the foot of your surgical leg one to two steps above and lean into your surgical knee, keeping your upper body straight by holding onto railings. Hold for _________ seconds. Repeat _________ times.
Step up with the surgical leg, then step back down. Repeat.
Do the following advanced standing exercises only if instructed by a therapist or surgeon.
Standing exercises for legs: Hold for ______ seconds.
1. Stand, holding on to a secure object. Lift your leg forward off the ground.
2. Bring your knee up toward the ceiling, bending your knee.
3. Lift your leg out to the side. Focus on keeping your back straight, standing tall. Also, make sure your toes are pointing forward.
4. Bend your knee, bringing your heel toward your buttocks.
5. Slowly lift your leg backward, keeping your knee straight.
6. Bend your knees slightly. Hold briefly.
7. Raise up onto the balls of your feet. Focus on keeping your back straight, standing tall. You should feel this in your calf muscles.
8. Raise your forefeet off the floor. Focus on keeping your back straight and bringing your toes up. You should feel this in the front of your lower leg (shin).
Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Total Knee Replacement, fourth edition, ortho-ah-90140
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