Regular exercise can help restore knee mobility and strength after total knee replacement surgery and ensure full recovery. An orthopedic surgeon or physical therapist may recommend a patient exercised 20 to 30 minutes two to three times a day. The following exercises are commonly prescribed, and this guide can help you understand your exercise program.=
Early Postoperative Exercises
Begin implementing the following activities into your daily routines as soon as you can. They may be uncomfortable at first, but they will help speed up recovery and reduce pain.
Tighten your thigh muscle and try to straighten your knee. Hold this position for 5 to 10 seconds. Repeat this movement ten times in two minutes, then rest for one minute.
Straight Leg Raise
Tighten the thigh muscle with your knee straightened on the bed. Lift your leg several inches and hold for five to ten seconds. Slowly lower the leg. Repeat this exercise until the thigh feels fatigued.
Move your foot up and down by contracting the calf and shin muscles. Do this exercise periodically for two to three minutes. Perform this exercise until you have fully recovered and swelling has reduced.
Knee Straightening Exercises
Roll up a small towel and place it just above your heel so that it isn’t touching the bed. Tighten your thigh, try to fully straighten your knee and touch the back of your knee to the bed. Hold your leg fully straightened for five to ten seconds.
Bed-Supported Knee Bends
Slide your foot towards your buttocks. Keep your knee bent as you slide your foot, holding your heel on the bed. Keep your knee in a bent position for about five to ten seconds then straighten. Repeat this move several times until your leg is fatigued, or until you can completely bend your knee.