Guide to Exercise after a Knee Replacement

In sports orthopaedics, a successful knee replacement depends on the procedure and its aftercare. Exercising regularly will not only help with recovery, but it will help you be able to use your knee with little to no problems. The following are a few tips to putting together your post-replacement regimen.

Lifts

A straight leg lift is a very simple and effective exercise during your rehabilitation period. Laying on your back with your legs straight, be sure that your foot is flexed, lift your leg towards the ceiling. Hold it at about 6″ above resting position for around 10 seconds and then lower it. Repeat this several times, and do this a few times a day. These lifts work your quadriceps and help your knee joint become more stable.

Stretches

Knee straightening stretches can be done in a chairs. Sit in one chair with another chair placed directly opposite of you. Gently place your affected leg up on the chair. Keeping your foot relaxed, feel the stretch in your knee as you straighten it slowly. Allow your leg to remain stretched for up to ten minutes at a time, and be cautious when you take your leg off of the chair.

Yoga

Your sports_orthopaedics professional will guide you to the right combination of activities, but yoga is frequently recommended for patients recovering from knee replacements. Yoga builds strength and incorporates gentle stretching to help increase range of motion, flexibility, and stability in the new joint. Your balance will be improved and you’ll reduce your chance for falls.

Aquatic Therapy

Water has fantastic benefits for knee replacement patients. It promotes circulation and provides gentle compression to reduce swelling and inflammation. It also allows you to use your joint a little more than you usually would, with less of a chance of injury.

Your sports orthopaedics doctor will guide you to the right path after your knee replacement. Take his or her advice to heart and get the most out of your new knee!

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