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Knee Replacement Exercises

The importance of knee replacement exercises before and after surgery

Going through a knee replacement is a very difficult process, but it’s very important to do knee replacement exercises both before and after the surgery in order to help the recovery process.  Your orthopedic surgeon will probably explain several of the knee replacement exercises you should do before you have the surgery.  It’s a good idea to exercise about 20 to 30 minutes two or three times per day, in addition to taking a 20 or 30 minute walk twice a day.  

All of the knee replacement exercises your surgeon will recommend involve moving the knee, and they can all be done sitting down or stretching out on a bed or the floor.  The exercises recommended for pre-operative care involve tightening certain sets of muscles and then trying to either move or straighten the knee.  All of these exercises do a great job of preparing the knee for surgery and making sure all the muscles around it are at the best possible level of strength before the knee is replaced.

Walking is also a very important part of preparing for knee surgery.  The only way your knee will recover from the replacement surgery is by being used, and walking is the best way to do this.  Walking is probably one of the most important knee replacement exercises your surgeon will recommend for post-operative recovery. 

You certainly won’t be able to put your entire weight on your new knees right away, but you will need to learn how to walk with a walker first.  Just make sure you keep your center of balance stabilized as you try to use the walker to walk with your new knee.  Move the walker forward a bit, and then bring your new knee forward, using your other leg to stabilize your center of balance through the movement.  This will force your knee to bend, and you can then use the walker to hold yourself up while you take step with your leg that was not operated on.  Always make sure that you hit each step with the back of your foot and kind of roll through the step.  This will ensure that your knee gets the full workout while you walk.  Don’t try to walk too fast, especially at first.  Recovering from a knee replacement surgery takes time, and you’ve got to be prepared to stick with your knee replacement exercises if you want to get better.

After you’re doing pretty well at walking, your surgeon will recommend that you switch to climbing stairs.  You’ll only be able to use staircases that have a handrail at first because you’ll need that handrail to stabilize yourself as you step up or down the stairs.  You’ll probably only be able to do one step at a time when you first start climbing stairs.  Always step up the stairs by leading with your good knee.  When you’re stepping down the stairs however, you should lead with the knee that was operated on. 


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