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Welcome to our health education library. The information shared below is provided to you as an educational and informational source only and is not intended to replace a medical examination or consultation, or medical advice given to you by a physician or medical professional.

Exercise After Knee SurgeryArtroscopia de la rodilla

Exercise After Knee Surgery

Strong, flexible muscles help protect your knee. Improve your strength and increase your range of motion by doing the exercises shown here. Talk with your health care provider if doing your exercises causes new or lasting pain.

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Image of block Build Muscle Strength

Strong thigh muscles reduce the amount of force placed on your knee. This helps the joint last longer.

Quad Set

  • Sit against the head of a bed. Place the leg with the new joint straight out in front of you.

  • Tighten only the front thigh muscles. Then press the back of your leg toward the ground.

  • Hold for a count of 5. Repeat as directed.

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Image of block Improve Joint Motion

Range-of-motion exercises help your new knee bend more smoothly. Practice flexing and extending your knee as you were taught.

Sitting Knee Bends

  • Sit in a chair with a towel under the new knee joint.

  • Straighten your leg as much as you can. Hold for a count of 5.

  • Then bend your leg back as far as you can. Hold for a count of 5. Repeat as directed.

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  • Take a few short walks each day. Increase your walking time as you heal.

  • If you feel more pain than usual after an activity, you may have overdone it. Take it a little easier for a few hours.

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Date Last Modified: 2002-07-09T08:39:34-06:00

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