Physiotherapy Exercises for After Knee Replacement Surgery

Knee surgery is only a part of your treatment towards a successful recovery for your knee.  You need to do your part and participate in a physiotherapy program to regain your knee function.  It is ideal that you are able to;

  • Visit a Physiotherapy or Rehab Centre to have guided therapy using sophisticated machines at least 2-5 times a week for around 2-5 months
  • Perform regular simple exercises at home by yourself

Here are some exercises which you can try to perform at home.  Stop if you experience sharp pains during the exercise.

Do ask your doctor or therapist which exercises are suitable for your condition and the frequency or schedule required.

Click to watch HeartlandOrthoSpecialists video on Post-Op exercises after Knee Replacement

  • Ankle pumps (Helps to improve circulation to reduce risk of DVT)
  • Heel slides (Hold for 5 seconds at the top)
  • Long Arc Quads (Tighten the high muscles and hold feet up for 5 seconds)
  • Seated Flexion Stretch (Use other leg to pull affected leg back towards the chair and hold for 10 seconds)
  • Seated Hamstring Stretch (Sit in front edge of chair and lean forward with the affected leg stretched forward.  Then lean forward and hold 20-30 seconds when you feel the back of your leg muscles feeling tight)
  • Patellar Mobilisation (Locate the top and bottom border of the kneecap, then glide up and down in a gentle manner.  Next locate the outside and inside edge, then glide sideways.  Repeat for 10-20 times)
  • Standing Hamstring Curl (Standing straight and balance yourself.  Then bend your knee and hold for 5 seconds and repeat)
  • Toe / Heel Raise (Stand straight and balance yourself.  Then raise yourself on your toes and lift your heel off the floor)
  • Ball Squeeze (Lie down and place a ball between your knees.  Keep ball between knees and squeeze for 5 seconds)
  • Side Lying Leg Lift (Lie on the good side and then lift the operated leg up and hold for 5 seconds and then lower again)
  • Standing Step Stretch (Place your operated foot on the step in front of you.  Hold on to the banister and support your body weight with your good leg.  Then shift the operated knee in front of you and hold for 10 seconds.  Then go all the way back to release the tension. 

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