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Generally, you will begin doing phase 2 exercises 6 weeks after surgery, after you have seen your surgeon or physiotherapist. This allows for normal healing after surgery.
Exercise is important after surgery to make your new knee stronger and more flexible and to help prevent blood clots. The exercises may feel uncomfortable at first, but exercising will help you to get back to your everyday activities sooner.
Your healthcare team may suggest you add some or all of the exercises below to the ones you were doing before surgery. Your healthcare team 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.
It is important to do these exercises on your surgical leg. If you are able, you can do the exercises on both legs. Do them slowly and with control. Make sure not to force your new knee into a position that causes you pain or discomfort.
Exercise 1: Lying on stomach knee bend
Exercise 2: Lying on stomach knee stretch
Exercise 3: Sitting knee stretch
Exercise 4: Knee straightening with band
Exercise 5: Knee bending with band
Exercise 6: Sit to stand
Use a chair with armrests if you need to use your arms while you build up strength in your legs. Use a pillow to raise the seat level if it is too low.
Exercise 7: Straightening knee with band
Exercise 8: Step up, step down
Exercise 9: Split squat
Exercise 10: Calf stretch
To see this information online and learn more, visit MyHealth.Alberta.ca/health/aftercareinformation/pages/conditions.aspx?hwid=custom.ab_kneereplacement_phase2_exercise_inst.
For 24/7 nurse advice and general health information call Health Link at 811.
Current as of: August 28, 2023
Author: Bone and Joint Health SCN, Alberta Health Services
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