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Advanced Exercises After Knee Replacement Surgery 

Advanced exercises help strengthen and stretch the muscles around your knee. Unless told otherwise, repeat each exercise 10 times per session. Build up to 25 repetitions. Do 2 sessions each day. You may be told to take pain medication 30 minutes before each session.

Short –arc knee extensions

  • Lie on your back. Place a rolled towel under your new knee and bend the other knee.

  • Keeping your new knee on the towel, lift your foot several inches to straighten the knee.

  • Hold for 3 seconds. Slowly lower the foot.

Standing knee bends

  • Stand while hold on to a steady surface, such as a table.

  • Bend your operated knee as far as you can.

  • Hold for 3 seconds. Slowly lower the leg.

Straight leg raises

  • Lie down on your bed. Bend your good leg keeping your foot flat on the bed.

  • With your operated leg as straight as possible and lift it about 1 foot off the bed. (At first, you may only be able to lift the leg a few inches.)

  • Hold for 3 seconds. Slowly lower the leg.

Long-arc knee extensions

  • Sit in a chair with both feet flat on the floor.

  • Straighten the operated knee as much as you can.

  • Hold for 3 seconds. Slowly lower the leg.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Last Review Date: 11/15/2013
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