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Exercises to help you recover - Phase 2 exercises

Your surgeon or physiotherapist will tell you when to start these exercises after your knee surgery.

Exercise is important after surgery:

  • It makes your new knee stronger and more flexible.
  • It can help prevent blood clots.
  • It will help you to get back to your everyday activities sooner.

Your healthcare team may suggest you add some or all of these exercises to the ones you were doing before surgery. They will tell you how often to do the exercises, how many times to repeat each exercise, and how much force or pressure you can put on your new knee.

The exercises may feel uncomfortable at first, but it’s important to keep doing them. Each exercise includes step-by-step instructions and an image to help you do them correctly.

Remember to:

  • Do the exercises on both legs to make them equally strong and flexible.
  • Do them slowly and with control.
  • Do not force your new knee into a position that causes you pain or discomfort.

Slowly do more exercise with more pressure as you feel ready. Talk to your physiotherapist if you have any questions about exercising.

If you need to use your arms while you build up strength in your legs, use a chair with armrests. Use a pillow to raise the seat if it’s too low.

Credit: All images on this page belong to the Bone and Joint Health Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services.​​

For more information on physiotherapy services in Alberta go to Physiotherapy Services.​

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